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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.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

‘Vampire Academy’: It’s Just About High School

Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.


Monday, May 19 2014

‘Veronica Mars’, Just Out of Law School, Takes Us Back to Neptune

Series creator Rob Thomas fashioned Veronica Mars as a reunion movie, for both the audience and the characters.


Friday, May 16 2014

We’re Back on the Horse Again with ‘Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition’

The Blu-ray extras here are quite good, but of course, the film is an enduring, hilarious classic for those with that Mel Brooks and Monty Python-like sensibility.


Thursday, May 15 2014

‘Riot in Cell Block 11’ Has the Courage to Ask Important Questions

Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?


Wednesday, May 14 2014

‘Breaking the Waves’ Has the Touch of the Divine

If only for its artistic value, Breaking the Waves will always be a reminder that we can come in touch with the divine even when we’re unsure of its existence.


‘The Strange Woman’ Makes Clear, You Can’t Always Want What You Get

For this strange woman, every selfish action is balanced by a selfless one.


Tuesday, May 13 2014

‘Shelter Island’ Makes Harald Olsen’s Art a Living, Breathing, Organic Experience

Shelter Island is the sort of film that can take audiences who know nothing about art or care nothing for it and make them feel something.


Monday, May 12 2014

‘The Best Offer’ Leaves the Gears of One’s Mind Turning

Nothing is ever quite as it seems in this dramatic tale of art, love, fear and deceit.


Friday, May 9 2014

Living the Nightmare of ‘An Unreal Dream’

An Unreal Dream explores the personal journey of one man in devastating circumstances, and proves itself to be more enlightening than one might imagine.


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