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  • Orchestra of Exiles

    published October 24, 2012

    It is a generally acknowledged fact that World War II, Europe's worst cultural crisis—its human toll aside—was in many respects a... More >>

  • Cloud Atlas

    published October 24, 2012

    The trailer for Cloud Atlas, the behemothic new movie of David Mitchell's 2004 novel that took two Wachowski siblings and Tom... More >>

  • Rivers Runs to the Source

    published October 17, 2012

    It is difficult for residents of these sprawling United States to regard anything within the snug British Isles as truly remote, but Ben... More >>

  • Sinister

    published October 10, 2012

    In a neat bit of poaching, Sinister uses a premise borrowed from anti-horror pundits—the idea that some images can't be unseen... More >>

  • Here Comes the Boom

    published October 10, 2012

    Here Comes the Boom confronts the crisis in our nation's public schools, and multiplexes, for even an affable, saccharine, rudimentarily... More >>

  • Two October Film Series Take on Life in the Last Days

    published October 3, 2012

    The Mayan apocalypse isn't forecast to hit until December 21, 2012, so BAM's four-day, five-film apocalypse movie retrospective might seem... More >>

  • Taken 2

    published October 3, 2012

    The one surefire punchline in Taken 2 is unintended, a bitter laugh. Ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), delivering his trademark... More >>

  • In Hotel Transylvania, A Comic Dracula Still Kills

    published September 26, 2012

    Casting a tapered, vase-slender silhouette and speaking in a Transylvanian accent with a touch of Borscht Belt, Hotel... More >>

  • Half a Century in, the New York Film Festival Thrives

    published September 26, 2012

    In 1963, the pop artist Larry Rivers mounted a scaffold at Broadway and 65th Street and painted a billboard announcing that something new was... More >>

  • Trouble With the Curve: Still Too Old After All These Years

    published September 19, 2012

    After a nationally televised improv exercise that, for better or worse, offered more unvarnished reality than anything else at this... More >>

  • Hellbound?

    published September 19, 2012

    Pope John Paul II made hell briefly unfashionable, but the administration of Benedict XVI has retrieved Gehenna from metaphorical downgrade into... More >>

  • 186 Dollars to Freedom

    published September 19, 2012

    If one were to base one's knowledge of South America solely on the movies set there that make their way into theaters in these United States,... More >>

  • 'Giallo Fever!' Tries The Stalking Cure at Anthology

    published September 19, 2012

    "Eros is sick," Michelangelo Antonioni told the audience at the 1960 Cannes premiere of his L'Avventura—but it was his down-market... More >>

  • House at the End of the Street

    published September 19, 2012

    A proficient suburban thriller that distributor Rogue has left to sell itself through the inducement of Hunger Games’ Jennifer... More >>

  • The Bigger and Better Mousetraps of Paul W.S. Anderson

    published September 12, 2012

    The big movie event of September will be the anticipated latest from a certain filmmaker who signs his films with the surname Anderson and a... More >>

  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    published September 12, 2012

    Most action filmmakers are lucky to generate as much sheer razzle-dazzle in the course of an entire movie as Paul W.S. Anderson gets into the... More >>

  • New York's Far-Flung Theaters

    published September 5, 2012

    A crowd at a horror-movie premiere settles in for a tale of demons, disturbed from ancient slumber, transmitting infectious possession with... More >>

  • Cops and Novelists: Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, and other moonlighting screenwriters

    published September 5, 2012

    Now in its third go-around, Anthology Film Archives’ recurring “From the Pen of . . .” series foregrounds that most... More >>

  • In Prohibition Drama Lawless, Looks Trump Drama

    published August 29, 2012

    Screening the history of bootlegging in urban America led to the invention of a genre—the gangster film—but moviegoers have seen... More >>

  • Teddy Bear Lays Bare a Weight Lifter's Heart

    published August 22, 2012

    There has been some debate, usually centering on the availability of prison weight rooms, that overdeveloped physiques might constitute a... More >>

  • Hit & Run: Smokey & the Hybrids

    published August 22, 2012

    Hit & Run, a new action comedy engineered by faintly Muppety co-director/writer/star Dax Shepard, is as much about running mouths as... More >>

  • The Victim

    published August 22, 2012

    If there's anything refreshing about The Victim, it's that it doesn't rely on the thriller cliché of rooting for the... More >>

  • The Apparition

    published August 22, 2012

    The Apparition is not a great or even good haunted-house movie, but it does have the advantage of a memorable setting. Rather than rigging... More >>

  • Premium Rush

    published August 22, 2012

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a new kind of action hero: one that most of America’s movie-going population could knock out with one punch.... More >>

  • The Awakening

    published August 15, 2012

    A ghost story relies on the memory of trauma, and The Awakening has plenty, as it’s set in a slate-toned 1921, with the catastrophe... More >>

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