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  • Here's Who Saved the World

    published September 19, 2012

    In his filmmaking debut, journalist David France, who wrote the first story about ACT UP for this publication, assembles a thoroughly reported... More >>

  • Francine

    published September 12, 2012

    Simultaneously withholding and smothering, Francine, about a woman just released from prison, provides title-role-starring Melissa Leo... More >>

  • 10 Years: Reeling in the Oughts

    published September 12, 2012

    An amiable, seriocomic high-school-reunion movie, 10 Years succeeds in pulling off a fine varsity talent show. Although some performers,... More >>

  • Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution

    published September 5, 2012

    On a snowy night in late November in 1973, Paris was burning, as first-time filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper shows in her rough-hewn, repetitive,... More >>

  • Las Acacias, Deserving of Its Awards, Is All About The Road Taken

    published September 5, 2012

    Winner of the Best First Feature at Cannes last year and a highlight of New Directors/New Films this past spring, Pablo Giorgelli's minimalist,... More >>

  • The Words

    published September 5, 2012

    Although The Words might be witlessly titled and executed, you can pass the time coming up with fancy phrases to describe its basic... More >>

  • The Shape of Docs to Come: Ornette: Made in America

    published August 29, 2012

    The invaluable—yet still insufficiently appreciated—American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919–97) once said: "There... More >>

  • Little White Lies

    published August 22, 2012

    A bloated spin on The Big Chill, Little White Lies follows a septet of grating, mostly Gen X Parisians as they half-guiltily... More >>

  • Whitney Houston, Actress

    published August 15, 2012

    In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle—Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return... More >>

  • Beloved

    published August 15, 2012

    Writer-director Christophe Honoré revisits the musical—the genre of his biggest stateside hit, Love Songs (2007)—in... More >>

  • Sparkle

    published August 15, 2012

    Post-blaxploitation and pre-Dreamgirls, the original, funky, low-budget Sparkle from 1976 set its girl-group rise and fall in Harlem... More >>

  • The Babymakers

    published August 1, 2012

    Not pulling out soon enough—its 95 minutes feel like a trimester—the wheel-spinning comedy The Babymakers follows a quartet... More >>

  • Movingly, Planet of Snail Confirms Relationships Take Work

    published July 25, 2012

    An unadorned, unsentimental portrait of a marriage, Yi Seung-jun's documentary Planet of Snail celebrates the daily life of an... More >>

  • For Me and My Gal

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Busby Berkeley (1942) Wearing an enlistee’s uniform for the first of many times, Gene Kelly, making his screen debut, plays a... More >>

  • Invitation to the Dance

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Gene Kelly (1956) Kelly’s pet project—a dialogue-free anthology film in which all the roles are performed entirely through... More >>

  • The Great Adventure

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Arne Sucksdorff (1953) Sucksdorff once said that the theme of his beloved film was “man’s relation to the lost... More >>

  • My Man Godfrey

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Gregory La Cava (1936) The pinnacle of screwball comedies, La Cava’s broad satire showcases the incomparable talents of star... More >>

  • This Is Not a Dream

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Ben Walters and Gavin Butt (2012) Walters and Butt’s lively new documentary chronicles the importance of video’s rise 40... More >>

  • High Noon

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Fred Zinnemann (1952) A film loved and loathed by the both the right and left—Eisenhower adored it; John Wayne hated it; Bill... More >>

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Jacques Demy (1967) Demy’s transcendent American-musical homage stars real-life sisters Françoise Dorléac and... More >>

  • The Night of the Hunter

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Charles Laughton (1955) One of the best movies about the resilience of children, Laughton’s sole directorial debut effort from... More >>

  • Scarlet Street

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. Fritz Lang (1945) Lang, reteaming with his cast from his earlier The Woman in the Window—Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and... More >>

  • Mogambo

    published July 18, 2012

    Dir. John Ford (1953) Reprising his role from 1932’s Red Dust in Ford’s remake, Clark Gable stars as a big-game hunter... More >>

  • Grace Kelly: They Don't Come Cooler

    published July 11, 2012

    Grace Kelly's film career lasted only six years before she became Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco in 1956. Of her 11 movies, eight... More >>

  • Farewell, My Queen

    published July 11, 2012

    Benoît Jacquot's soapy, sexy, and lezzie adaptation of Chantal Thomas's 2003 novel about the chaos at Versailles on the eve of the 1789... More >>

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