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Wednesday, June 25 2014

Kiarostami’s ‘Like Somone in Love’ Is Like Something Beautiful

Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami doubles-down on familiar themes in this film, with varying results.


Tuesday, June 24 2014

‘Whitey: United States v. James J. Bulger’: Lies, Files, and Silences

Whether officials' lying and covering up in order to crack cases are a matter of necessity, ambition, or ineptitude, the lack of investigation in this case is just that, a lack.


In ‘300: Rise of Empire’ We See How Xerxes Became That Bald, Pierced Badass

If 300 is the cinematic equivalent of a video game, then 300: Rise of an Empire, is at water level: murky, awkward and not nearly as fun.


‘Winter’s Tale’ Is Blinded by the Light

The love story should be at the heart of this film, but it instead gets caught up in the supernatural elements.


Monday, June 23 2014

AFI Docs 2014: ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz’

The case against Reddit's Aaron Swartz, as upsetting and disproportionate as it was, was also part of a longstanding and ongoing pattern.


‘The Nutty Professor’, or, The Strange Case of Dr. Kelp and Mr. Love

Jerry Lewis' update of the Jekyll and Hyde story into the case of a nerd and his stallion alter-ego is still excellent after 50 years.


Friday, June 20 2014

‘Jersey Boys’ Heavy-Handed Mama’s Meatballs Nostalgia

Clint Eastwood’s bland band biopic approach drains the energy from the stage version of this blockbuster razzmatazz jukebox musical.


‘Cry Danger’ Is Simple Noir Elegance

Olive Films' reissue of the 1951 Cry Danger is as no-frills as the old school film itself.


‘The Monkey’s Paw’ Is Not a Bad Little Film

This low-budget thriller manages a few creepy moments.


Thursday, June 19 2014

‘Out in the Night’: The Case of the New Jersey 4

First, the women are black and second, they're lesbians, and once the term "gang" is applied by media and used by prosecutors, their legal charges become felonies.


‘Lone Survivor’ Is a Formidable Piece of Storytelling

Both a visceral and heartbreaking experience, Lone Survivor honors truth through fiction in a way that is both rare and haunting.


There is One Clever Moment in ‘Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles’

This kung fu film is all over the place with food, nunchucks, guns and a lot of scratch your head moments.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

In ‘The Lego Movie’ We All Happily Exceed the Recommended Age Limit

There’s a dualist philosophy here between following instructions and letting creativity reign.


Wes Anderson and His Weird Ways Are Quite Apparent in ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’

Wes Anderson's strange and surreal film, now in a Criterion Blu-ray, has never looked or sounded better. But is this just another Anderson weird?


Tuesday, June 17 2014

‘Northern Light’: Snowmobiles and Survival in the Upper Peninsula

As you contemplate this stunning, lyrical, transporting film, you can see, with its hardworking subjects, that the road ahead may be different.


‘Bettie Page Reveals All’ Is Touching, Not Exploitative

This is an excellent, engrossing amalgamation of the history of Bettie Page.


‘Canyon Passage’ Is Not Your Usual Western

Martin Scorcese calls Canyon Passage "one of the most mysterious and exquisite examples of the western genre ever made."


Monday, June 16 2014

Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York 2014: ‘Return to Homs’

Following uprisings in other Arab nations, Syrians hope that their protests might ignite change.


The Crazy Diamond Shines On in ‘The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story’

This re-release is a complete and balanced documentary about a rock genius whose contributions proved to be short-lived, yet resonate.


‘It Started in Naples’ and It Ended in Capri

Clark Gable plays the uptight American seduced by the supposedly looser ways of Italy.


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