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2012 Stories by Jonathan Kiefer

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  • Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child

    published November 21, 2012

    When the powers behind the 2010 Tel Aviv production of Hanoch Levin's Holocaust opera The Child Dreams sought a designer, it seemed like... More >>

  • The Opposite of Vanishing: 'Documentaries by Shôhei Imamura'

    published November 14, 2012

    The late Japanese New Wave mainstay Shôhei Imamura said he liked his movies messy, and usually that meant seeing through civilized... More >>

  • Tai Chi Zero

    published October 17, 2012

    Give some points to a genre flick whose style mash-up reflects uneasy relations between Asia and the West just as its fracas-intensive plot... More >>

  • Yogawoman

    published October 17, 2012

    It'd be churlish to describe a documentary about yoga and female fortitude as agitprop, so what then? Tranquiprop? Anyway, Yogawoman... More >>

  • The Thieves

    published October 10, 2012

    Easier to like than it is to follow, Choi Dong-hoon's glossy caper boasts all the pomp and cajolery of the true international blockbuster. It's... More >>

  • The Paperboy

    published October 3, 2012

    Precious director Lee Daniels’s Southern Gothic noir pulp presents itself with the doubtful come-hither hospitality of a gator-filled... More >>

  • Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi

    published October 3, 2012

    Sulky indie drama might not have been the best path through a story of mushroomers in a troubled marriage; that cheeky and possibly misleading... More >>

  • The Waiting Room

    published September 26, 2012

    The mandate at Oakland's Highland Hospital, as one doctor says during Pete Nicks's attentive vérité portrait of the place, is to... More >>

  • The Inbetweeners Movie

    published September 5, 2012

    Teen-Sex Comedies Without Borders could be an NGO, for there is something perversely hopeful in how Ben Palmer's The Inbetweeners Movie... More >>

  • Hello I Must Be Going

    published September 5, 2012

    We knew from Heavenly Creatures that Kate Winslet had a bright career ahead, but in that film, Melanie Lynskey was the one to watch. Is... More >>

  • ParaNorman

    published August 15, 2012

    Another handsome handcrafted charmer from Laika, the stop-motion shop that gave us Coraline, makes up for lacking its predecessor's... More >>

  • True Wolf

    published August 15, 2012

    Sure to be denounced as pro-wolf propaganda, Rob Whitehair's profile of Montanan fosterers-cum-educators Bruce Weide and Pat Tucker clearly... More >>

  • Ice Age: Continental Drift

    published July 11, 2012

    Geologic time might not register the mere decade that has elapsed since the first Ice Age movie, but in that interval, the... More >>

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