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The Five Most Important Films of Mike Nichols' Career
He was more than just a filmmaker. With his passing at age 83, Mike Nichols leaves behind a legacy filled with awards and attitudes which influenced every medium he was involved in. [21.Nov.14]
'Extraterrestrial' Thinks Cliché Counts as Comedy
Extraterrestrial's "formula-as-purpose" style doesn't make it the "meta" movie it wants to be; instead, it's just grating and mired in cliché. [21.Nov.14]
'To the Ends of the Earth' Is a Metaphor for Benedict Cumberbatch's Career
The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch. [21.Nov.14]
DOC NYC 2014: 'The Great Invisible' + 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'
These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime. [20.Nov.14]
'The Fighting Fist of Shanghai Joe' Is One of the More Action-Packed and Violent Spaghetti Westerns
The stylized violence of kung fu and the lawless conflicts of the spaghetti western genre coalesce in this action-packed 1973 hybrid. [20.Nov.14]
Reviews
The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch. [20.Nov.14]
Extraterrestrial's "formula-as-purpose" style doesn't make it the "meta" movie it wants to be; instead, it's just grating and mired in cliché. [21.Nov.14]
The extended edition of Desolation of Smaug turns the film into a flabby affair, but the ten-plus hours of bonus features could still make this purchase worthwhile for Tolkien fans. [19.Nov.14]
These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime. [20.Nov.14]
Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar. [20.Nov.14]
Wałęsa: Man of Hope is a reminder that out of the Soviet shadow emerged a heroic and powerful story of the individual capable of being a force of change to reshape the future. [18.Nov.14]
DVD Reviews
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]
The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression. [04.Nov.14]
Mixed Media
News
Features
Many films this year have dealt with how the internet and social media has changed the romantic landscape, and Kate Lyn Sheil, star of The Heart Machine, has more than a few thoughts of her own on the subject. [18.Nov.14]
Starring in a film directed by Jean-Luc Godard is an intimidating prospect (especially when it's in 3D), but not only did Héloise Godet rise to the challenge, she's starting to get rave reviews of her own. [17.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]
From The Blogs
He was more than just a filmmaker. With his passing at age 83, Mike Nichols leaves behind a legacy filled with awards and attitudes which influenced every medium he was involved in. [21.Nov.14]
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