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February 2015

‘Sartana in the Valley of Death’ Is Missing a Protagonist

Even though this Valley of Death tips its hat to the classic spaghetti western Sartana character, he is nowhere to be found in the film. Based on how bad this is, that's probably for the best.


The 10 Oddest Couples in Movie History

Love might mean never having to say you're sorry, but for the ten unusual couples here, it also means not being "normal", either.


Double Take: The 400 Blows (1959)

Double Take turns its attention to François Truffaut's classic coming-of-age tale The 400 Blows, whose cinematic progeny includes the much-acclaimed Boyhood.


January 2015

Two Shirley Clarke Documentaries Get Long-Overdue Resurrections

Portrait of Jason and Ornette: Made in America, two outstanding Shirley Clarke documentaries, represent unique takes on the black experience in America.


Lee Van Cleef’s Character in ‘Captain Apache’ Will Tomahawk His Way Into Your Memory

Although Lee Van Cleef's portrayal of a Native American will understandably raise concern in some viewers, this fun if cheesy film takes a clear anti-racism line.


When B’s Get an A-Minus: ‘Island in the Sky’ and ‘Betrayed’

Although their DVD releases are bare-bones, Island in the Sky and Betrayed both benefit from their recent restorations from Fox and Warner archives.


Double Take: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Double Take examines Errol Flynn's classic take on this vigilante archer: a bold, impudent rascal that speaks treason fluently, capturing hearts when he isn't shooting arrows into them.


‘The Emerald Jungle’ Jars You Out of Your Assumptions About Multiculturalism

In its examination of issues of multiculturalism, The Emerald Forest continues to acquaint complacent Americans to troubling geopolitical issues 30 years after its release.


‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Deserves to Win Almost All the Oscars ‘Boyhood’ Doesn’t

Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson’s absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy.


‘The Long Goodbye’ in the City of Angels and Demons

Robert Altman's '70s noir is a terrific, sad, and mischievous movie.


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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

// Moving Pixels

"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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