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2012 Stories by Mark Holcomb

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  • Detachment

    published March 14, 2012

    Movies about teachers are flypaper for overblown armchair crusaderism, and this overbearingly cynical attempt gets my vote for worst offender... More >>

  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    published March 7, 2012

    The kind of benign, swooningly humanist crowd-pleaser Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) could make in his... More >>

  • Tim Riggins in Space: John Carter Can't Lose

    published March 7, 2012

    With expectations to match its obscenely huge budget (an estimated quarter of a billion dollars), this long-delayed adaptation of... More >>

  • Better Than Something: Jay Reatard

    published February 29, 2012

    Like the longhair with the foghorn falsetto it's titled after, this unfussy rock-doc profile is shaggy, sophisticated, and more than a little... More >>

  • How to Start a Revolution

    published February 22, 2012

    Soft-spoken Harvard poli-sci professor Gene Sharp is an unlikely mentor for the architects of the Arab Spring. But as first-time documentarian... More >>

  • Thin Ice

    published February 15, 2012

    Working the long con and damn near getting away with it, this kissing cousin to Fargo, Cedar Rapids, and Win Win makes for... More >>

  • The Forgotten Space

    published February 15, 2012

    Epic in scope, intellectual agility, and the potential to induce panic and despair, this documentary exploration of global trade as an emblem... More >>

  • Windfall

    published February 1, 2012

    Extolling the virtues of wind power is where most ecological documentaries finish after subjecting us to the details of the land-raping... More >>

  • Perfect Sense

    published February 1, 2012

    Satisfyingly ambiguous and starkly tactile in its inquiry into where sensation ends and identity begins, David Mackenzie's rampaging-virus... More >>

  • Touring England, But Feeling OK About It, in "The Robinson Trilogy"

    published January 11, 2012

    Great cities inspire elaborate laments, and British avant-garde filmmaker Patrick Keiller might be the poet laureate of the form. His... More >>

  • Norwegian Wood

    published January 4, 2012

    Like a rushed diner trying to sample everything in a sprawling multicourse meal, director-screenwriter Tran Anh Hung crams Haruki Murakami's... More >>

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