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  • Gene Kelly @ 100

    published July 11, 2012

    Gliding through space on roller skates in It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Gene Kelly—the film's star, co-director, and... More >>

  • It's Always Fair Weather

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (1955) Kelly and two Army buddies promise to reunite in ten years, only to find they have nothing in... More >>

  • Tokyo Story

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Yasujiro Ozu (1953) The final, devastating lines in Ozu’s masterpiece of intergenerational unhappiness—focusing on... More >>

  • Lourdes

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Jessica Hausner (2009) In Hausner’s film, wheelchair-bound Christine (played by the always-astonishing Sylvie Testud) hopes for... More >>

  • Cape Fear

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. J. Lee Thompson (1962) After eight years behind bars for rape, sociopath Robert Mitchum is out for revenge, stalking the small-time... More >>

  • Touch of Evil

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Orson Welles (1958) With a cast of thousands and just as many indelible scenes (personal favorite: Mercedes McCambridge’s... More >>

  • The Pirate

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Vincente Minnelli (1948) This 1948 musical features Minnelli's then-missus—Judy Garland—as a proper Caribbean young lady... More >>

  • One from the Heart

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Francis Ford Coppola (1982) Coppola’s romancer takes place during a Fourth of July weekend, in a warm-neon Las Vegas built... More >>

  • Apocalypse Now Redux

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Francis Ford Coppola (1979/2001) In 2001, Coppola restored 49 minutes of scenes that had been deleted from the original theatrical... More >>

  • On the Town

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (1949) Adapting this 1944 Broadway musical, about three sailors on 24-hour leave in New York, co-director... More >>

  • Imitation of Life + Magnificent Obsession

    published July 11, 2012

    Dir. John M. Stahl (1934,1935) Though Douglas Sirk’s remakes from the 1950s may be better known, both titles in this Stahl... More >>

  • Mod Madness from Vera Chytilová's New Wave Daisies

    published July 4, 2012

    Marie I and Marie II, the unholy-fool heroines of Vera Chytilová's anarchic Czech New Wave 1966 classic, Daisies, have insatiable... More >>

  • United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

    published July 4, 2012

    On March 24, 1987, ACT UP held its first demonstration on Wall Street, 24 years before the tents in Zuccotti Park went up and during an era... More >>

  • You Can't Take It With You

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Frank Capra (1938). Adapted from George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play, Capra’s film concerns class... More >>

  • Lost Horizon

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Frank Capra (1937) Though it’s a movie about those who survive a plane crash and discover a remote... More >>

  • Nighthawks

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Bruce Malmuth (1981) The American-film debut of Rutger Hauer, playing a terrorist in Malmuth’s NYC-set thriller, also features... More >>

  • Lost Highway

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. David Lynch (1997) A saxophone player is accused of murdering his wife in Lynch’s masterful neo-noir phantasmagoria, in which... More >>

  • Tell No One

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Guillaume Canet (2006) Canet’s labyrinthine crime thriller stars François Cluzet as a pediatrician still grieving over... More >>

  • The Band Wagon

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Vincente Minnelli (1953) One of the giddiest backstage musicals ever made, Minnelli’s 1953 movie features Fred Astaire’s... More >>

  • Life of Oharu

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (1952) Mizoguchi’s sublime critique of Japanese patriarchy examines a 17th-century courtesan (Kinuyo Tinaka) as... More >>

  • Nanook of the North

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Robert Flaherty (1922) Flaherty’s classic study of an Inuit and his family in the Canadian Arctic is regarded as the first... More >>

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1968) Kubrick’s man-versus-monolith sci-fi epic has the distinction of being one of the few films that critical... More >>

  • I Confess

    published July 4, 2012

    Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1952) While making this suspenser, Hitchcock was reportedly driven nuts by the Method acting of star Montgomery... More >>

  • Take This Waltz

    published June 27, 2012

    Sarah Polley’s second feature, much like her first, the superb Away From Her (2006), thoughtfully probes the pitfalls of coupledom... More >>

  • Seth McFarlane’s Ted Is Stuffed with More of the Same

    published June 27, 2012

    Fans of Seth MacFarlane’s Fox mainstay Family Guy who wish he would run afoul of FCC regulations every week might be pleased with... More >>

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