Karina Longworth

The Bay Review: Barry Levinson Mimics an Amateur YouTube Documentarian

Found-footage eco-horror cheapie The Bay — in which a previously harmless, waterborne parasite mutates into an unstoppable human-flesh-eating scourge thanks to the march of progress and attendant environmental carelessness — is not the cash-in you might expect from a Halloween-week release from the producers of Paranormal Activity. Directed by Barry......
Starlet

Sean Baker on His Film Starlet, an Insider's Look at the Porn Biz

Sean Baker's Starlet stars Dree Hemingway (Ernest's great-granddaughter) as Jane, a 21-year-old "girl next door" porn performer whose off-hours are spent getting high in the Valley house she shares with fellow "starlet" Melissa (Stella Maeve) and Melissa's small-time impresario boyfriend (James Ransone). The story in the movie, which screens at......

Fun Size Review: Gossip Girl Creator Josh Schwartz's First Film

Gossip Girl and The O.C., the two teen TV shows created in the past decade by 36-year-old Josh Schwartz, are sly bait-and-switches. Both are easily marketable for their hot (mess) fashion-plate stars, wide-eyed luxury fetishism, soapy story arcs and savvy self-reference. But both are also, at heart, deeply old-fashioned in......

Argo Review: Ben Affleck's Film About the CIA Going Hollywood

Perhaps more than any other male American star of his generation, Ben Affleck understands the narrative advantage of having Hollywood on your side. The Good Will Hunting co-screenwriter and co-star won an Oscar at age 25, in large part because he and collaborator Matt Damon, as struggling actors who created......
Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in The Master.

The Master Review: Paul Thomas Anderson Reteams With Philip Seymour Hoffman

There's something startlingly noncommittal about many of the initial reviews of The Master, which leaked out following the impromptu screenings writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson organized in 70mm–equipped houses across the country, and later in response to the film's official bow at the Venice Film Festival. And that's perhaps the natural,......