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Thursday, May 8 2014

Otto Preminger’s Disorientation in ‘Danger—Love at Work’ and ‘Margin for Error’

The very unevenness of these early projects bespeaks a filmmaker who sets about very precisely to be ambiguous.


Wednesday, May 7 2014

‘City That Never Sleeps’ and ‘Hell’s Half Acre’ Try Unusual Methods in Their Storytelling

These crime thrillers tell their stories via a talking city, a mechanical man, a bilious little rodent of a man, and even a soundtrack with Hawaiian guitars.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

What Changed for Our Protagonist in ‘The Pawnbroker’?

The Pawnbroker remains an important work, especially as one of the first major studio films to explore the Holocaust.


The King and Queen of Postwar Pop

Doris Day and Frank Sinatra's creamy Hollywood dreams simmer with tension and uncertainty in Young at Heart.


Monday, May 5 2014

‘Bastards’ Makes Despair Bleed from the Walls

Claire Denis' jagged filmmaking is matched by the nihilistic darkness of her latest assault on the senses.


Friday, May 2 2014

D.W. Griffith’s Cinematic Continuity Influences the Danish Classic, ‘Master of the House’

Carl Theodor Dreyer's mastery of film technique makes Master of the House (1925) rewarding viewing today.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Meryl Streep’s Incomparable Performance in ‘Sophie’s Choice’

No matter how you may feel about the story, Sophie's Choice is worth watching simply for the pleasure of watching Meryl Streep act.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

‘Grudge Match’ Proves It Ain’t Over for De Niro or Stallone

Three decades later, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are still the stars they were at 35, and it's their efforts that carry Grudge Match over the top.


‘Labor Day’ Is a Labor-Intensive Watch

Even with all of the talent on display, Labor Day is a major disappointment.


Tuesday, April 29 2014

It’s the End of Paris as We Know It in ‘Dead Shadows’

The hazards run the gamut from the predictable to the grotesque, but at least they're set to a cool Francophone hip-hop soundtrack.


‘The Borderlands’ Is Where Faith Goes to Die

Just like the unfathomably popular Paranormal Activity, The Borderlands often relies on tired old horror film tropes to generate frights.


Monday, April 28 2014

‘Big Bad Wolves’ Is Designed to Scare the Parents, Instead of the Children

Unpredictable, twisted, and energetic, Big Bad Wolves is a unique, writhing beast that constantly subverts your expectations.


Friday, April 25 2014

‘Persona’ Doesn’t Need to Be Understood to Be Loved

Ingmar Bergman’s film is profoundly mysterious, and the more we try to comprehend it, the farther away we move from its magic.


Thursday, April 24 2014

‘The Great Beauty’ Is a Magnificent, Sensory-Rich Visual Poem that Pulsates with Life

Rome has mastered a balletic balance in chaotic dichotomy, where ruin and exultation beg for a kind of seduction that only film can provide.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

‘Bayou Blue’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Death in the Dark

These men are painted as those that easily disappear, and when they do disappear, it takes nearly ten years to bring their killer to justice.


‘To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter’ Has Insufficient Postage

Collaborators and admirers provide an enlightening, but at times opaquely idiosyncratic assessment of the maverick French filmmaker.


Tuesday, April 22 2014

Divine Was a Master in the Fun of Making Fun

Divine was large and loud, an actor who challenged expectations, even among drag queens.


‘At Middleton’ Is a Delightful, European-Style Romance

Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia are enchanting in a film made exclusively for the pleasure of hearing them talk.


Monday, April 21 2014

Which Is More Interesting in ‘A Brief History of Time’, His Ideas or Stephen Hawking Himself?

Errol Morris delivers an impressionistic take on a remarkable life that is perhaps more wondrous than it has any right to be.


Mean Streets Meet Clean Streets: ‘Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries’

Despite tough breaks, happy endings prevail thanks to the intelligence and professionalism of law enforcement.


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