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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton Square Off in 'Birdman'
A onetime Hollywood superhero takes a stab at respectability by adapting Raymond Carver’s writings to Broadway in Iñárritu's hallucinogenic satire of the entertainment industry. [17.Oct.14]
'The Book of Life' Is a Boy-Band Approach to Moviemaking
The commercial approach of The Book of Life is to draw on a wide range of celebrities to craft an entertainment that just about anyone could like. [17.Oct.14]
'Fury' Offers an Authentic Look at Life During Wartime
It's the brutality of Saving Private Ryan without the jingoistic flag-waving, the one-two punch of Clint Eastwood's Greatest Generation epics sans the strident moralizing. [17.Oct.14]
London Film Festival 2014 Day 7: 'Whiplash'
A pupil/teacher story dressed up as a battle-of-wits thriller, the pushy, over-hyped Whiplash fails to impress. [17.Oct.14]
'The Best of Me' Offers the Worst of Nicolas Sparks
Like a hack tunesmith that keeps rewriting the same melodies over and over again, hoping his legion of fans don't notice the ruse, we've heard this Sparks song before. [17.Oct.14]
Reviews
A onetime Hollywood superhero takes a stab at respectability by adapting Raymond Carver’s writings to Broadway in Iñárritu's hallucinogenic satire of the entertainment industry. [17.Oct.14]
The commercial approach of The Book of Life is to draw on a wide range of celebrities to craft an entertainment that just about anyone could like. [17.Oct.14]
The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves. [16.Oct.14]
Lilting challenges what it means to assimilate into a culture, suggesting that blending in isn't necessary for shared experience. [16.Oct.14]
Million Dollar Arm is a film that picked the wrong protagonist. [14.Oct.14]
Terry Gilliam's quest for life's biggest answers finds a new formulation in The Zero Theorem: perhaps, the film suggests, there is no meaning to it all. [15.Oct.14]
DVD Reviews
The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves. [16.Oct.14]
Million Dollar Arm is a film that picked the wrong protagonist. [14.Oct.14]
Mixed Media
News
By Daniel Miller
Warner Bros. has unveiled a slate of superhero films that the big Hollywood studio believes will help drive profit after it suffered through an uncharacteristically poor summer. [16.Oct.14]
Features
By Matt Bauer
He's almost single-handedly invented the Blaxploitation film genre, but as his recent collaboration with Heliocentrics proves, Melvin Van Peebles is so much more than simply a filmmaker in command of his craft. [14.Oct.14]
Awards season starts in earnest with several titles vying for a place among the best of's and critic's choices. We'll get a few scares, shocks, and laughs out of these films. [03.Oct.14]
Columns
Stars in Our Eyes
It’s not that Anna Karina couldn’t act, but that she didn’t have to. Her physical presence was the art, and her beauty, in and of itself, was a significant contribution to the culture. [14.Oct.14]
The Cult in Culture
For Werner Herzog, man’s tug-of-war with nature is not a present imbalance but a lost cause, the barbarous beauty of nature made mere barbarism by humankind. [14.Oct.14]
From The Blogs
Even with all its XXX gimmickry, Nymph()maniac remains grounded in character. From someone like Von Trier, we'd expect nothing less, and we even get a lot more. [17.Oct.14]
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