Articles tagged romance

‘Carol’ and Forbidden Romance

Todd Haynes' resonant period romance echoes Far From Heaven, but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara elude that film’s glossy fatalism.

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Double Take: ‘Annie Hall’ (1977)

Is love too weak a word to describe how we feel about Annie Hall? Or is it more like a dead shark? Double Take breaks a few eggs to find out.

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The Emotional Pitch Can Run High in ‘A Room With a View’, But It’s Also a Very Funny Film

Ornate title cards place the filmmakers in a position similar to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, enjoying the human carnival while at the same time proclaiming “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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The Beautiful, Thrilling ‘Carol’ Belongs Among Best Movie Love Stories

This is a love story between two women set at a time and place when that relationship was beyond taboo, but as its bravura filmmaking unfolds, those specifics fade and what remains are the feelings and emotions that all the best movie love stories create.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episodes 8-9 - “Birth” / “The Bear King”

Despite the best of intentions, Storybrooke is becoming less and less compelling.

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A Profile of the Great Profile: ‘The Mad Genius’ and ‘The Great Man Votes’

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

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A New Light Shines on ‘Full Moon in Paris’

Eric Rohmer's classic film resonates again in High Definition Blu-Ray.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 7 - “Nimue”

Emma's journey to reunite the pieces of Excalibur reveals much about Merlin's beginnings, and the origin of good and evil.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 6 - “The Bear and the Bow”

The latest episode finds Belle continually caught in the middle, and Merida's Scotland something of a disappointment.

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‘Brooklyn’ and the Relentless Presence of Absence

The sisters' relationship is film's most vibrant, the most colorfully conveyed and most vivacious story. As absent as each is in her sister's life, she is also convincingly present.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 5 - “Dreamcatcher”

Even after five seasons, Once Upon a Time still manages to add layers of interest and meaning to the existing story(book) world, with a wink at Back to the Future.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 4 - “The Broken Kingdom”

Many things are broken in the kingdom of Camelot. How badly do we want them to be repaired?

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 3 - “Siege Perilous”

As episode three suggests, Camelot might turn out to be the perfect addition to the world of worlds that is Storybrooke.

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‘Felt’ Is Buried Beneath Its Own Style

Felt is unique, but its narrative shortcomings hinder its chance at lasting impact.

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The Dardennes’ Laboring Body in ‘Two Days, One Night’

Although one might hesitate to call this a propaganda film for labor, it nonetheless expresses concern for those who labor by exploring how precarious working conditions affect one’s daily lives.

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‘The Honeymoon Killers’ Is a Freak of Cinema That You Will Never Forget

Kastle puts you in a front row seat on a mad rollercoaster ride alongside the deranged characters of Martha and Ray that is at once thrilling and terrifying.

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‘Outlander’ Continues to Subvert Expectations in the Second Half of Season 1

Scottish landscapes, authentic detail, and the female gaze. Who could ask for more?

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In ‘Freeheld’, As in Life, It Takes Chutzpah to Challenge Convention

Freehold cuts between private melodrama and public demonstration, not quite trusting the audience to grasp the everyday struggles facing lesbians in America.

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‘Day for Night’ Is a Film Master’s Passionate Ode to His Craft

François Truffaut never produced a more meaningful or downright entertaining tribute to the art of film and filmmaking than 1973's Day for Night.

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A Different (and Better) Shade of Grey: Reconsidering ‘9 1/2 Weeks’

Given the mainstream’s preoccupation with kink, it may be time to give 9 ½ Weeks the credit it deserves as a pioneering meditation on desire and power.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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