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Monday, March 10 2014

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.


Scenes from the Deadpan Life: Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘La Vie De Boheme’

This deadpan gem betrays a surprising warmth beneath its wry exterior. Simply put, it's one of cinema's richest and most compassionate tragicomedies.


Thursday, February 27 2014

‘Haunter’ Delivers for Ghost Story Inversion

While many horror films are carried by deftly composed cinematography, Haunter benefits from a thoughtful script, with complicated turns that keep the audience guessing.


Tony Leung’s ‘The Grandmaster’ Is Beautifully Alone

Wong Kar Wai’s overkill kung fu epic about Bruce Lee’s teacher doesn’t cohere even as well as his more esoteric work, but its assembled shards make for a brooding, sumptuous experience.


Wednesday, February 26 2014

‘A Great Day in Harlem’ Is the Story of a Great Photograph and Much More

On that particular long day, the musicians were surprised and glad to see each other, recognizing in each other a fraternity that didn't see much daylight, that "lived hard".


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