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'The Making of a Lady' Is a Fine Portrait of Mystery and Misdirection
There is only one place to find the social acuity of Jane Austen and the inquisitive intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock, and that is in a Frances Hodgson Burnett story. [15.Apr.14]
Why 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Is Not a '70s Thriller Throwback
When the film's story showcases the turncoat nature of those in power, it doesn't have the impact -- or the ideas -- of the films from the '70s. [14.Apr.14]
'Blue is the Warmest Color' Is Truly a Feast for All the Senses
What Blue is the Warmest Color demands of its viewers is to stop looking and start sensing, start engaging with cinema with all five senses. [14.Apr.14]
A Hands-Off Approach Goes a Long Way in 'Philomena'
The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it. [14.Apr.14]
'Oculus' Casts a Bad Reflection
Oculus is only partly about a mirror, a terrible, terrible mirror, the kind that pops up now and again in horror movies, the kind that's full length with an ornate wooden frame, odious and unfathomable. [14.Apr.14]
Reviews
There is only one place to find the social acuity of Jane Austen and the inquisitive intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock, and that is in a Frances Hodgson Burnett story. [14.Apr.14]
The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it. [13.Apr.14]
Oculus is only partly about a mirror, a terrible, terrible mirror, the kind that pops up now and again in horror movies, the kind that's full length with an ornate wooden frame, odious and unfathomable. [14.Apr.14]
Even if you might not share the Tea Party's views, Town Hall invites you to empathize with the sense of vexation and search for answers pursued by these Tea Party activists. [14.Apr.14]
Nicolas Cage jolts back to life for David Gordon Green's Joe, a Southern thriller and character study that asks more of him than grimacing or wigging out. [11.Apr.14]
The greatness of Flicker Alley’s 2014 Blu-ray release of the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is evident even before the disc is slid into the player. [10.Apr.14]
DVD Reviews
There is only one place to find the social acuity of Jane Austen and the inquisitive intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock, and that is in a Frances Hodgson Burnett story. [14.Apr.14]
The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it. [13.Apr.14]
Mixed Media
Features
A film like Sixteen Candles suggests that wealthy teenagers are not immune to life’s harsh caprice, and that no amount of affluence can cure high school’s sense of alienation and anxiety [18.Mar.14]
Columns
Short Ends & Leader
What Blue is the Warmest Color demands of its viewers is to stop looking and start sensing, start engaging with cinema with all five senses. [13.Apr.14]
Opium Traces
In Bangkok, the convulsions of violence on the street merge with scenes of surreal ritual that is possible in the West only in dreams… or drug reveries… or films. [10.Apr.14]
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