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'Unfriended', Social Media, and the Horror of Sharing Too Much
Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience. [17.Apr.15]
'Child 44' Is a Suspenseless Soviet-Era Misstep
By adding too many subplots and political asides to the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Child 44 becomes a deadly bore. [17.Apr.15]
Disneynature Lets the Clichés Overpower the Footage in 'Monkey Kingdom'
By Judy Hur
As Monkey Kingdom turns into another cookie-cutter family film in which the underdog overcomes all odds, it's easy to lose track of the incredible documentary footage. [17.Apr.15]
Still Life: The Portrait of Time in 'Boyhood'
Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning. [17.Apr.15]
John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York' Is an A-Grade B-Movie
Playing a one-eyed special forces soldier, Kurt Russell has to save an inexplicably British president of America from a dystopian New York in this early '80s classic from director John Carpenter. [17.Apr.15]
Reviews
Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience. [17.Apr.15]
By adding too many subplots and political asides to the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Child 44 becomes a deadly bore. [17.Apr.15]
By Judy Hur
As Monkey Kingdom turns into another cookie-cutter family film in which the underdog overcomes all odds, it's easy to lose track of the incredible documentary footage. [17.Apr.15]
Playing a one-eyed special forces soldier, Kurt Russell has to save an inexplicably British president of America from a dystopian New York in this early '80s classic from director John Carpenter. [16.Apr.15]
By Renée Scolaro Mora
As this Estonian-Georgian film shows, in harsh wartime conditions, something as unassuming as bringing in a tangerine crop safely becomes a significant metaphorical act. [16.Apr.15]
These eye-popping '60s French capers feature the legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo hopping the globe in a series of illogical but zanily fun adventure pieces. [15.Apr.15]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Mark Palermo
The Left is veering uncomfortably close to the Right in its half-informed demonization of individuals and artworks, as response to Get Hard illustrates. [01.Apr.15]
By Kia Rahnama
Richard Linklater's Before trilogy is a rare work of cinema that lives up to the true spirit of memento mori: remembering that we all will die. [31.Mar.15]
Columns
Themenastics
Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning. [16.Apr.15]
Short Ends & Leader
The real charm of Sullivan’s Travels is the way it exposes Hollywood’s mediation of the Depression and the trauma it inflicted. [15.Apr.15]
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