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Tuesday, March 11 2014

What Drives the Brave Journalists in ‘Reportero’?

Reportero is a must-see documentary that forcefully demonstrates the importance of the press.


An American Basketballer in Iran

The Iran Job follows a season in the life of Kevin Sheppard and offers a window into daily life in Iran.


Monday, March 10 2014

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Is That Rare Sequel That Surpasses the Original

Satisfyingly faithful to the book and in turn, exciting and disturbing all at once, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy manages to pick up where the terrific first movie left off and run full steam ahead with the larger story.


“Fantastic Mr. Fox’ is One Cussin’ Fantastic Film

Like Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson seems to have a twisted desire to expose the fallacies of adulthood through the innocent yet knowing eyes of children.


Roger Michell’s Homage to Godard Leaves Its Characters Literally Breathless

Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi reunite in Le Week-End, a surprisingly uncompromising portrait of a long, restless marriage.


Friday, March 7 2014

Faith and Tragedy Clash in ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’

Throughout this couple's arguments and despairs, the film's tautological systemology hums along, allowing the viewer to see its many recurrent tropes through their eyes.


‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’, Father & Son & History in 3D

Mr. Peabody is awesome, you see right away, and his decision to adopt the abandoned infant Sherman seems a sweet and righteous extension of his wonderfulness.


Fears, Ambitions, and Dead Ends in ‘Bethlehem’

Bethlehem asks, Whose sins need to be redeemed? Who will be the sacrificial lamb? And who will be committing the sacrifice?


‘The Long Day Closes’ Recollects Memory and Childhood in Constant Motion

One of cinema's most resonant and timeless works, Terence Davies's second film recreates childhood dreams and memories within which any viewer can situate themselves.


Thursday, March 6 2014

Why Would Criterion Want Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ in Its Collection?

Yes, this is perhaps one of the most efficient entries in the Hitchcockian subgenre of “every-man trapped in an extraordinary situation”, but he would go on to direct much better films.


Take Away Its Passport, a Zombie Is Still a Zombie

Before you can say, “Man, can’t those former Soviet Bloc republics do anything right?” Code Red gets a whole lot of zombie mayhem going on.


Wednesday, March 5 2014

Social Satire, Italian Style

In Garibaldi's Lovers, Garibaldi, and others from Italy's past, looks on from the afterlife and mourns for the state of his country.


Tuesday, March 4 2014

‘The Road to Fame’ Is the Story of a China-Broadway Coproduction of the Broadway Musical, ‘Fame’

The Road to Fame reveals the connections between past and present, between the two generations shaped by China's one child policy -- and their desire for fame.


‘Cutie and the Boxer’ Is an Impossibly Romantic, if Not Always Happy, Love Story

This is an engaging biographical documentary that’s all performance and a romance film that’s filled with endless pain.


‘Free Fall’ Feels Very Familiar

In many ways, Blue is the Warmest Color is everything Free Fall should have been.


Naomi Watts Gives a Worthy Performance in ‘Diana’

If there is but one thing in Diana worth our time, it is watching the extraordinary Naomi Watts as she respectfully portrays Princes Di.


Monday, March 3 2014

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Come eat from the trashcan of ideology with Slavoj Zizek.


‘Kids for Cash’: The Scandal is Built In

The Juvenile Justice System remains wrong in its conception of zero tolerance. Lives are being destroyed.


Friday, February 28 2014

‘Non-Stop’ Gives Us Lots of Liam Neeson in Tight Shots

The best idea in Non-Stop is the plane. The space is tight and the camera is close -- especially close on Bill's (Liam Neeson) face.


‘The Bag Man’ Is Another Low-Budget Thriller Set in New Orleans

"Over and over" is a good way to sum up The Bag Man, a movie that runs perilously close to two hours, and uses most of its bad ideas at least twice.


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