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2 Mar 2016 // 10:30 AM

‘Admiral’ Enjoys a Degree of Poetic License

In its fascination with decoration and display, Admiral confirms Fredric Jameson’s claim that postmodernity reduces the past to “a vast collection of images”.

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Dancing Up a Storm in ‘Valentino’

Filmmaker Ken Russell will never be accused of subtlety. However, his wide-eyed and over-the-top stylizing in Valentino is undeniably engaging.

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Compelling Sociopaths and ‘The American Friend’

Dennis Hopper brings out the sociopathic characteristics of Tom Ripley in Wim Wenders' The American Friend.

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In ‘Eddie the Eagle’, Christopher Walken Is the Best Right Thing

Earnest and naïve, less cute than aggressively geeky, Eddie is something of a walking punchline in his own movie. And then he meets Bronson Perry (Hugh Jackman).

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‘Triple 9’ Is Full of Heists, Cops, and Wasted Talents

John Hillcoat’s heist flick brings an embarrassment of acting riches to bear on a laughably disjointed script that can’t decide whether to go for self-seriousness or self-parody.

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‘Backtrack’ and Adrian Brody’s Suffering Visage

Peter (Brody) is beset by Gothic clichés: he walks empty city streets, rarely sees daylight, cues lashing rain, and attracts an entire practice of ghosts who really don’t like him very much at all.

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‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Is Subdued But Undeniably Affecting

The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t overwhelming at first glance, but it has a perfect, natural rhythm and flow that you don’t even notice how it sticks in your head.

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‘Containment’ Fiercely and Poetically Lays Out the Forever Effects of Nuclear Waste

How do we warn people of the future about our deadly legacy?

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‘Race’, Jesse Owens, and the Fictions of History

With its nods to Leni Riefenstahl's filmmaking, Race, at least, reminds you that history is not static, but formed by storytelling.

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‘Love on the Dole’’s Portrait of ‘30s Poverty Retains Its Power

John Baxter’s touching portrait of social deprivation in 1930s Salford gets an excellent BFI reissue that reveals the film as a now under-celebrated British classic.

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‘Risen’ Is a Bit Like an Ancient Cop Procedural

Belief may be the hardest thing to capture with a camera, and it's not because of its wholly internal nature.

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‘The Other Side’ Shows a World Turned Inside Out

This film offers art that is alarming, life that is ruined, rage that is ongoing.

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In ‘The Witch’ the Old Fantasies Are Terrifingly True

A family in 1630 New England is tormented by dark forces, suggesting the Puritan witch-hunters were right all along.

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The American Story in 6.5 Hours: Criterion Restores Jan Troell’s Emigration Epic

Jan Troell's masterful double header looks like two films and plays like one as it takes the Nilsson family from 19th century Sweden to life in the new world.

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Insider Out: ‘Black Mass’ Depicts the Shifting Fortunes in Whitey Bulger’s Criminal Life

In Black Mass, Johnny Depp stunningly inhabits South Boston’s notorious Whitey Bulger, the man who aided and eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

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‘Deadpool’ Is, as Trump Would Put It, “Like a Retweet”

Contradictory and unapologetic, Deadpool doesn't have to do anything new, he only has to say he's doing something new.

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In ‘Mountains May Depart’ China’s Future Is Coming, Like It or Not

Jia Zhangke’s quasi-surreal triptych captures a fractured China losing its bearings amidst momentous changes.

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‘How to Be Single’, Until You’re Not

While you might know that being single and being coupled need not be antithetical, romantic comedies don't tend to embrace emotional or moral complexities.

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Instead of Mocking Modern Fashion, ‘Zoolander 2’ Is Undone By It

Dumb can only take you so far, and Zoolander 2 proves that stupidity's shelf life is very short, indeed.

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Elvis Costello’s ‘Detour: Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe’

Elvis Costello has a rich body of songs, so it's no surprise that when he turns up on the stage he bests even some of the greats.

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