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2012 Stories by Michael Nordine

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  • Celebrating the Romanian New Wave at Lincoln Center

    published November 28, 2012

    What's now referred to as the Romanian New Wave announced itself loudest with Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which in... More >>

  • What a Man

    published November 28, 2012

    If your main qualm with the steady stream of disposable romantic comedies is that they're products of Hollywood rather than Germany, then... More >>

  • 28 Hotel Rooms

    published November 14, 2012

    In its stripped-down, episodic approach—the film consists entirely of two lovers' hotel-room liaisons, with each encounter announced via... More >>

  • A Late Quartet

    published October 31, 2012

    Woody Allen has been known to suggest that, in directing a good movie, much of the battle lies in casting. Were that entirely true, the Philip... More >>

  • Just 45 Minutes From Broadway

    published October 24, 2012

    'For all actors and actresses . . . and the families that have refused to disown them" isn't exactly a confidence-inspiring epigraph, but it is... More >>

  • Simon and the Oaks

    published October 10, 2012

    Lisa Ohlin's Simon and the Oaks has all the superficial elements of compelling drama but none of the interiority; it looks like a good... More >>

  • Smashed

    published October 10, 2012

    Movies about drugs and alcohol might be a dime (bag) a dozen, but James Ponsoldt's Smashed is so beautifully shot and well acted as to... More >>

  • The Iran Job

    published October 10, 2012

    Although it presents itself as merely the story of a professional basketball player named Kevin Sheppard, who, never quite making it to the... More >>

  • In My Mother's Arms

    published October 3, 2012

    Focusing on a makeshift orphanage for 32 young boys in Baghdad whose parents have died since America blessed their country with freedom and... More >>

  • Decoding Deepak

    published October 3, 2012

    Made and narrated by a son in an attempt to reconcile his own perception of his father with that of the public at large, Gotham Chopra's... More >>

  • The Prosecution of an American President

    published October 3, 2012

    Akin to an updated Fahrenheit 9/11 minus the occasional humor, Dave Hagen and David J. Burke's The Prosecution of an American... More >>

  • Harvest of Empire

    published September 26, 2012

    There's a dignified outrage to Harvest of Empire—most of it warranted—but it too often acts as a driving force rather than... More >>

  • They Call It Myanmar

    published September 19, 2012

    "This country is unique . . . there's no country like Burma," a woman says minutes into They Call It Myanmar. This is true insofar as... More >>

  • Backwards

    published September 19, 2012

    The title of Ben Hickernell's Backwards refers to the motions of competitive rowing, but also to its heroine's seeming regression from... More >>

  • Hollywood to Dollywood

    published September 5, 2012

    As much a road movie as it is a subtle screed on civil rights, John Lavin's Hollywood to Dollywood follows two openly gay brothers as they... More >>

  • Breathing

    published September 5, 2012

    A film of unreconciled impulses, Breathing is by turns vaguely sentimental and cooly detached in a manner that's ultimately more... More >>

  • The Green Wave

    published August 8, 2012

    Social media's role in the would-be Iranian revolution of 2009 is by this point much hyped, but no one has yet covered it quite like Ali Samadi... More >>

  • Sushi: The Global Catch

    published August 1, 2012

    Situated somewhere between Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Cove, Mark Hall's Sushi: The Global Catch highlights both... More >>

  • Falling Overnight

    published July 25, 2012

    A lo-fi romantic drama that isn’t awash in self-pity or -aggrandizement, Conrad Jackson’s Falling Overnight is something of a... More >>

  • The Well-Digger's Daughter

    published July 18, 2012

    In one of The Well-Digger's Daughter's most telling scenes, 18-year-old Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) spends several minutes... More >>

  • Top Priority: The Terror Within

    published June 27, 2012

    Top Priority: The Terror Within raises figurative red flags almost immediately, not all of them intentional. Asif Akbar's documentary on... More >>

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