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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.


Friday, June 13 2014

‘Emoticon ;)’ Wonders, Can 140 Characters Represent You?

Emoticon;)'s dilemma is that as it criticizes current lapses in communication, it also enacts them.


Toothless Is Brilliant Again in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

Relationships are the foundation of this franchise's central theme: everyone can get along, even species that seem so opposed as dragons and humans.


Thursday, June 12 2014

Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York 2014: ‘First to Fall’

Libyans abroad learned about what was going on back home via media of diverse sorts; YouTube and news reports, videos sent by people still in the country.


Wednesday, June 11 2014

Human Rights Watch Film Festival NY 2014: ‘The Green Prince’

The process by which Shin Bet or US agencies or Hamas exploit and coerce, terrorize and rescue individuals, is The Green Prince's focus.


‘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

‘Manakamana’: Mysteries of Time and Cable Cars

If the human cable car riders are aware of the camera and then forget it, are aware of the camera and address it, are aware of the camera and ignore it, what can goats manage?


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

‘Night Moves’ Is Kelly Reichardt’s Latest Portrait of Americans Lost

Political disaffection and engagement, personal dedication and distrust.


All Salvation is Temporary in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

The Fault in Our Stars provides a showcase for the protagonist's honest openness, her capacity to radiate and inspire empathy.


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

‘Citizen Koch’ and the Enduring Effects of Citizens United

What happens when corporate and private monies are allowed to come into a public system of electioneering and propaganda?


Art and the Art of Sport in ‘This is Not a Ball’

This offers many individuals' stories of the game, the mechanics, the beauty, the promise and hope offered by soccer, but only a glimpse at the politics or the industry.


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.


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