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Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Considers the Value of Illusion
Stanley rejects the very notion of an afterlife, bitterly noting, like so many Woody Allen characters before him, that our current existence is all we get. [25.Jul.14]
'And So It Goes'... Right Down the Drain
Rob Reiner fuels this old hat hokum with below-grade over-earnestness. [25.Jul.14]
You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate 'Lucy'
If you surgically grafted a snippet of Flowers for Algernon and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of La Femme Nikita, the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy. [25.Jul.14]
'The Newburgh Sting' Has Us Wondering, Is the FBI Thwarting or Conjuring Terrorism?
The plot these would-be terrorists conjure is as preposterous as any you'd find in a bad action movie. [24.Jul.14]
A Dizzying Reverie of Nudity in 'Trans-Europ-Express' and 'Successive Slidings of Pleasure'
In these two films, Robbe-Grillet hones in on the plastic and empirical qualities of film, which expose entirely subjective and unreal states. [24.Jul.14]
Reviews
Stanley rejects the very notion of an afterlife, bitterly noting, like so many Woody Allen characters before him, that our current existence is all we get. [25.Jul.14]
The plot these would-be terrorists conjure is as preposterous as any you'd find in a bad action movie. [24.Jul.14]
Even with some dips in quality, these four movies represent part of a remarkable run; you can feel all of them strive for masterpiece status. [22.Jul.14]
Three decades later, Scanners is still a head-popping good time. [21.Jul.14]
Slaying the Badger constructs an exciting, sometimes troubling story of competition and deceit, focused on the 1986 Tour de France. [22.Jul.14]
Despite their flaws, A Fever in the Blood and Wall of Noise reveal the crucial role of the film editor. [21.Jul.14]
DVD Reviews
Even with some dips in quality, these four movies represent part of a remarkable run; you can feel all of them strive for masterpiece status. [22.Jul.14]
Three decades later, Scanners is still a head-popping good time. [21.Jul.14]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Ellise Fuchs
"The rangers risk their lives every day because of their hope for the park, and the hope that this amazing place promises for Eastern Congo." [16.Jul.14]
By Ellise Fuchs
"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox. [13.Jul.14]
Columns
Channel Surfing
American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved. [21.Jul.14]
Subaltern Talkies
Recent films from the action-masala genre project India as a global sheriff, replacing a toothless West as an expression of muscular nationalism. [20.Jul.14]
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