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Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Tuesday, January 17 2012

The Best Male Film Performances of 2011

In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.


Thursday, January 12 2012

The Best Indie / International Films of 2011

The year's best independent and international films are highlighted by a duo from iconic director Werner Herzog, a staggeringly brilliant frontier-western and a score of top-notch documentaries that illustrate how filmmaking continues to reach new highs.


Reviews

Sunday, November 20 2011

'The Artist': Both Gimmicky and Nostalgic

Resisting change, The Artist's movie star repeats a familiar history, that is, the history of movies that's been passed on in the movies.


Monday, November 14 2011

Austin Film Festival 2011: The Writer's Festival

The Austin Film Festival has done a laudable job of carving an interesting niche.


Monday, October 17 2011

New York Film Festival 2011: The Skin I Live In + The Artist + The Descendents

The many characters in The Descendants create a complex Venn diagram of Matt King’s community and a larger rumination on their interlocking pain, anger, and love.


Sunday, May 22 2011

Cannes Film Festival: 'La Piel Que Habito' and 'The Artist'

Though its formal parameters may be different for Pedro Almodóvar, the themes of La Piel Que Habito are familiar, including family dysfunction, and sexual transgression.


Thursday, May 27 2010

OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus)

OSS 117 is always the butt of the joke: he’s casually sexist, racist, anti-Semitic, and a staunch defender of what he calls "de Gaulle’s France."


Blogs

Friday, January 20 2012

The Resounds of Silents

Can a film without dialogue earn Oscar accolades? Most definitely. Can it please audiences? Well...


Monday, December 26 2011

Art-Official: 'The Artist'

The Artist (is) a good film with some great moments and two excellent lead performances, but if that is the mandate for a movie's position as the year's top achievement, there are hundreds of similar entries that deserve such a status.


News

Friday, January 27 2012

Oscars 2012: Five directors, five approaches

LOS ANGELES — They have worked in diverse disciplines — acting, screenwriting, theater, television, exploitation films — were born in three countries and have made radically dissimilar movies.


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