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Film
'Project Almanac' Can't Time Travel Away From Formula
With underdeveloped female characters and an emotional generic backstory, Project Almanac is trapped too much in formula for the youthful energy of its cast to rise to the fore. [30.Jan.15]
'Black or White' Doesn't Explore Gray Areas
In reducing the complexity of its characters, Black or White boils down complex racial dynamics to worn-out tropes, like the "well-meaning white guy". [30.Jan.15]
Metaphor in a Time of Ebola
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media. [29.Jan.15]
'Legends of the Knight' Is a Little Too Reverent About the Dark Knight
Legends of the Knight takes the cultural impact of Batman seriously by highlighting a few of his biggest fans, even though the hero worship gets a little redundant by its conclusion. [29.Jan.15]
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. [29.Jan.15]
Reviews
With underdeveloped female characters and an emotional generic backstory, Project Almanac is trapped too much in formula for the youthful energy of its cast to rise to the fore. [30.Jan.15]
In reducing the complexity of its characters, Black or White boils down complex racial dynamics to worn-out tropes, like the "well-meaning white guy". [30.Jan.15]
Legends of the Knight takes the cultural impact of Batman seriously by highlighting a few of his biggest fans, even though the hero worship gets a little redundant by its conclusion. [28.Jan.15]
Pawel Pawlikowski's frosty drama, although perhaps too simple for its own good, elevates strong emotional connections from an entirely chilly exterior. [27.Jan.15]
By Piers Marchant
In the fictional film Princess and the documentary The Wolfpack, a child's resilience might thwart even the most determined of boogey men. [28.Jan.15]
By Piers Marchant
Both The Witch and Z for Zachariah point to the terrifying uselessness of religion in the face of the wilderness. [26.Jan.15]
Mixed Media
News
By Julie Westfall and Meredith Blake
Woody Allen will write and direct his first television series for Amazon, the company announced on Tuesday in a statement. The half-hour… [14.Jan.15]
Features
A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses. [26.Jan.15]
Universal Pictures, distributors of the eight-film Steven Spielberg Collection on Blu-ray, is uniquely positioned to offer a long view of Spielberg's career. [18.Jan.15]
Columns
Simulacra Beat
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media. [28.Jan.15]
Stars in Our Eyes
Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era. [27.Jan.15]
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