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Friday, March 21 2014

Rithy Panh Searches for the Missing Pieces of Life Under the Khmer Rouge in ‘The Missing Picture’

It's the discovery of the limits of what you can know that makes Panh's The Missing Pictures (L'image manquante) so affecting, so devastating. You see. And yet you cannot see.


‘Blood Ties’ Tries to Recreate the Mean Streets of ‘70s Brooklyn

Blood Ties cannot repeat the past, contrary to Jay Gatsby's hopeful assertion. It's less like the '70s than a facsimile of Lumet-style '70s cinema.


Eric Clapton After the Collapse of Cream

This unauthorized documentary offers a unique look at one of Eric Clapton's most fertile eras, but is light on the words of Clapton himself.


Thursday, March 20 2014

‘Divergent’ Is Not So Different

In this film, as in the others like it, the drapery might seem new and exciting, but the house remains remarkably unchanged.


‘In Fear’ Gets Off to a Scary Start, At Least

In Fear is moderately successful in illustrating the randomness of violence.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

‘Tess’ Is One of the Most Gorgeous Love Songs to Loss Ever Filmed

Tess is the rare film that feels like a painting come to life, and just like a painting, allows us to see precisely what we wish to see.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Calculated Provocations: ‘Nymph()maniac: Vol. I’

Nymph()maniac: Vol. I is conscious of its own storytelling, as Seligman listens intently to Joe's self-narration and we watch what she remembers.


You Can’t Take It with You… ‘Naked As We Came’

Naked As We Came doesn’t stand up well to naked intensity in any real form.


Instead of Big, Dumb Fun, ‘Homefront’ Is Just Dumb

The unlikely team of Jason Statham, James Franco and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone gives us Homefront, a mediocre action flick that’s way less fun than it should be.


Monday, March 17 2014

Should ‘Thief’s Protagonist Be Punished or Praised?

Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.


The Bosnian War Deserves a Better Film than ‘Twice Born’

Twice Born takes what has the potential to be an engrossing cinematic backdrop—the horrific Bosnian War—and turns it into cheap sentiment.


Friday, March 14 2014

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’: It’s Time for Wes Anderson to Make Another Kind of Wes Anderson Movie

The story repeatedly takes a backseat to the style. Anderson is meticulous with his details and creates a candy-colored world within which to situate his whimsy.


‘Veronica Mars’: Return to Neptune

Veronica Mars is a movie based on the beloved TV show that's about TV shows as much as it's about anything else.


‘Le Week-End’ Makes for a Rough Anniversary in Paris

Le Week-End seems like one of those brutal marriage retreat experiences, where couples are locked in their hotel rooms and directed to talk and write to each other for three days straight about what's bothering them.


Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary Edition

This new 10th anniversary Blu-ray offers a pair of new interesting bonus features that have new perspectives on the film.


Thursday, March 13 2014

‘Particle Fever’ Conveys the Thrill of Finding the Higgs Boson

Particle Fever tells a fascinating, intangible, vastly complex story of what it means to discover the Higgs boson, specifically, what it means for a fascinating, emotional, wholly appealing assembly of scientists.


The Strangely Ineffable Power of ‘Nostalghia’

Russian transcendental filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s expansive tapestries define meditativeness.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

There Is No Firm Ground Upon Which to Stand in ‘Terraferma’

Emanuele Crialese is a master at conveying mesmerizing images which contrast how the horrors of social injustice become almost invisible when set against exotic locales.


‘Iron Sky’. Nazis on the Moon. Any Questions?

The Nazi base is shaped like a swastika; the little Nazi moon children grow up indoctrinated' the astronaut who discovers them is black. For God’s sake, this shit writes itself.


Tuesday, March 11 2014

One Is Not the Loneliest Number, ‘Four’ Is

Four looks at loneliness as abstraction and as experience, over the course of a day devoted to another sort of abstraction, independence.


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