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'The Imitation Game' Doesn't Pretend to Solve the Enigma That Is Alan Turing, or His Machine
As visible as the Turing machine may be on screen -- and it is gorgeous, strange, and haunting, as well as sublimely mechanical and daunting -- it remains unfathomable. [26.Nov.14]
Italian Film Festival 2014 - Chicago: 'Viva la Libertà'
Political dramedy Viva la Libertà sees one of Italy’s best actors playing twin brothers. [26.Nov.14]
Italian Film Festival 2014 - Chicago: 'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer'
This film brings the history of organized crime in Sicily to life, but forgets to do the same for its characters. [26.Nov.14]
May the Force (of Narrativity) Be With You
By Steve Neumann
The Star Wars universe is a microcosmical example of the long-standing battle over the necessity of narrativity in shaping our lives. [25.Nov.14]
The 'Penguins of Madagascar' Is Terminally Cute and Cuddly
It seems right that Werner Herzog narrates the start of Penguins of Madagascar, concerning the overwhelming cuddly cuteness of penguins and the absurd value humans attribute to them. [25.Nov.14]
Reviews
As visible as the Turing machine may be on screen -- and it is gorgeous, strange, and haunting, as well as sublimely mechanical and daunting -- it remains unfathomable. [26.Nov.14]
It seems right that Werner Herzog narrates the start of Penguins of Madagascar, concerning the overwhelming cuddly cuteness of penguins and the absurd value humans attribute to them. [25.Nov.14]
Surprisingly, a bunch of sentimental laptop pop songs from ten years ago (Give Up) make for a dynamic and engaging live show. [24.Nov.14]
Two documentaries about surprising success stories: the men behind the National Enquirer and Rocky Horror Picture Show. [24.Nov.14]
The evil is both banal and terrifying in George Sluizer's 1988 labyrinthine thriller. [24.Nov.14]
Val Guest's newsroom drama take on the apocalypse is a product of its nuclear war-obsessed times and a prescient commentary on the present day. [23.Nov.14]
DVD Reviews
Val Guest's newsroom drama take on the apocalypse is a product of its nuclear war-obsessed times and a prescient commentary on the present day. [23.Nov.14]
Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure. [06.Nov.14]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Steve Neumann
The Star Wars universe is a microcosmical example of the long-standing battle over the necessity of narrativity in shaping our lives. [24.Nov.14]
Force Majeure is a brutal film, and not just because of the avalanche. Johannes Kuhnke stretched himself for this awards season buzz pick, and often in very surprising ways. [23.Nov.14]
Columns
Short Ends & Leader
By Tara Gupta and Carol Vernallis
If The Great Gatsby is a peep through a keyhole at the dirty underbelly of extreme wealth from a bygone era, Small Apartments kicks the door down and lays bare a grotesque characterization of today’s urban lower middle class. [17.Nov.14]
Channel Surfing
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI. [13.Nov.14]
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