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Wednesday, June 18 2014

In ‘The Lego Movie’ We All Happily Exceed the Recommended Age Limit

There’s a dualist philosophy here between following instructions and letting creativity reign.


Wes Anderson and His Weird Ways Are Quite Apparent in ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’

Wes Anderson's strange and surreal film, now in a Criterion Blu-ray, has never looked or sounded better. But is this just another Anderson weird?


Tuesday, June 17 2014

‘Bettie Page Reveals All’ Is Touching, Not Exploitative

This is an excellent, engrossing amalgamation of the history of Bettie Page.


‘Canyon Passage’ Is Not Your Usual Western

Martin Scorcese calls Canyon Passage "one of the most mysterious and exquisite examples of the western genre ever made."


Monday, June 16 2014

‘It Started in Naples’ and It Ended in Capri

Clark Gable plays the uptight American seduced by the supposedly looser ways of Italy.


Wednesday, June 11 2014

‘Seven Samurai’ Spawned a Subgenre All of Its Own

Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, Akira Kurosawa's superb and influential Japanese adventure film is still as impressive as ever.


Tuesday, June 10 2014

It’s No Longer a Man’s World in ‘Ms. 45’

This bone-chilling story of a young, violated woman who has been pushed too far gets a much deserved re-release.


Monday, June 9 2014

Forget Boy Scout; Jack Ryan Is an Eagle Scout to the Extreme

In his latest incarnation, Jack Ryan is always the most observant, most competent, most morally upstanding guy in the room.


Friday, June 6 2014

There’s a ‘TINY’ Rebellion Going on in America

TINY: A Story About Living Small is a suitably modest documentary that explores whether home is really what you make it or if there’s a minimum size requirement.


Thursday, June 5 2014

Taking the Art Out of ‘The Art of the Steal’

This rises somewhat above its heist flick clichés, due mostly to its stellar cast, but also the clever structure of the story, courtesy of writer/director Jonathan Sobol.


The Sentimental Pedagogy of ‘Good Morning, Miss Dove’

Miss Dove is the last of a "genteel" respectability in a world that's going to hell.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

Jame Cagney’s Reinvention in ‘Johnny Come Lately’

In this otherwise predictable film, James Cagney paved a path for future performers and the DIY ethic.


Francesco Rosi’s Odd Bout of Irrealism in ‘More Than a Miracle’

In More than a Miracle, we have no hope that the whole countryside must live happily ever after.


Tuesday, June 3 2014

‘The Freshman’ Is Remarkably, if Silently, Contemporary

The grand-daddy of college comedies, The Freshman makes a compelling case for the relevance of silent film.


‘Runaways’, Rebellion and Reissue

Aimed at younger viewers, this BFI period collection about runaways and tearaways manages a good mix of entertainment, education and social commentary.


Monday, June 2 2014

The Marx Brother’s ‘Love Happy’ Not So Happy Behind-the-Scenes Drama

Even a so-so Marx Brothers film is better than no Marx Brothers film, right?


Friday, May 30 2014

Alfred Hitchcock Would Get a Kick Out of ‘Non-Stop’

Liam Neeson's career reinvention continues as he becomes our generation's Cary Grant in the efficient, streamlined thriller Non-Stop.


Wednesday, May 28 2014

‘Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection’ Is an Animation Lover’s Dream

There was a time when the approach to animation was “less is more”, and it worked very well, indeed.


Friday, May 23 2014

‘The Selfish Giant’ Is Oscar Wilde Re-Imagined

Clio Barnard's vision of the terrenely paradise described by Oscar Wilde has less to do with romanticism and everything to do with escapism.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

‘God Loves Uganda’ Is a Timely Exposé, but It’s Also Unimpressive Cinema

God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.


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