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'The Essential Jacques Demy' Captures the Director's Breezy, Bluesy World

The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves.

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Unnerving 'Insomnia' Gets Under Your Skin

Most people know Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia; few people, regrettably, know the superior work from which it is adapted.

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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.

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Meryl Streep's Incomparable Performance in 'Sophie's Choice'

No matter how you may feel about the story, Sophie's Choice is worth watching simply for the pleasure of watching Meryl Streep act.

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The Strangely Ineffable Power of 'Nostalghia'

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

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The Strange 'Post Tenebras Lux' Will Get Under Your Skin

Rare is the film that strives for rhapsodic innovation and achieves it without fail, but Mexican auteur Reygadas strives for such distinction, and mostly achieves it.

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The Line Between Past and Present Is Forever Blurred in 'Grey Gardens'

Withdrawn from a world that has changed around them so steadfastly that coping would be an embarrassment too ghastly to imagine, the Beales stay put in Grey Gardens.

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'Mary Poppins' Is Practically Perfect, but Not Quite

The gender politics in Mary Poppins are regressive, surely, but they’re also a product of their time and can easily fly under the radar, especially for young viewers.

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Cinema's Past and Future Are on Display in 'Tabu'

Entering into Gomes’s hypnotic triptych, Tabu gives the viewer a chance to see just how far cinema has come, and just how far it can go in the hands of a master.

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'La Notte' Is an Impossibly Gorgeous Film

Proof that the best art can be both timeless and a document of time and place, La Notte observes modern love.

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Meet Barbara, the Mysterious and Heroic

If Christian Petzold’s languidly paced, intoxicating character study Barbara were an American film, an appropriate marketing campaign may have consisted of posters splattered on street corners that asked “Who is Barbara Wolff?”

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'Laurence Anyways', an Epic Transgender Romance, Sets the Standard

Laurence Anyways is indomitably rapturous, a film of epic proportions and probably the best and grandest depiction of a transgender relationship ever made.

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'Early Fassbinder' Gets us Inside the Developing Mind of a Creative Genius

The frenetically paced director’s first five films, all made within an astonishing 18 month period. The pace continued as Fassbinder made more than 40 feature films in just over a decade.

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America Through Nature's Gaze: 'The Ice Storm'

Featuring career best performances from almost everyone involved, The Ice Storm holds up as document that is at once identifiably “of a time”, but also impeccably timeless.


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