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  • Old Masters: Film Forum Reclaims the Idols the French New Wave Smashed

    published August 15, 2012

    The popular idea of French cinema, if it reaches back further than Amélie, usually begins somewhere around Jean-Luc Godard and... More >>

  • The Expendables 2

    published August 15, 2012

    As befits a throwback to the righteous-kill, Reagan-era action movie, The Expendables 2 begins with most of the male population of a Third... More >>

  • Total Recall at Film Forum: Paul Verhoeven's Bang! Pow! Pinnacle

    published August 8, 2012

    Just because it made loads of money, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, and features a three-titted mutant doesn’t mean Total Recall... More >>

  • 2 Days in New York: Julie Delpy Brings the Paris Gang to the City

    published August 8, 2012

    Calling back many of the same characters and more than a few of the same jokes, 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy's fourth film as... More >>

  • The Lion of Judah

    published August 8, 2012

    The first question any director of a new film about the Holocaust should ask him- or herself is, "What can I hope to add to the subject that... More >>

  • Hollywood Zion: 'Do the Reggae' at BAM

    published August 1, 2012

    "Reggae is only what you hear and think is reggae," Peter Tosh pronounces at the beginning of Heartland Reggae (1980)—and a lot of... More >>

  • Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

    published August 1, 2012

    "Hollywood takes 90 minutes, and I take 52 frames," says Vienna-born filmmaker Peter Kubelka, discussing a scene of abandonment in his 1957... More >>

  • 360

    published August 1, 2012

    Is there something intrinsic to these wide-net, "We're all connected" ensemble movies that makes their authors think they need to address every... More >>

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

    published August 1, 2012

    Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn’t add to the exhaustion. It’s the... More >>

  • Soldiers of Fortune

    published August 1, 2012

    There is something to be said about a movie that is not only resigned, but also dedicated, to the cause of absurdity. Soldiers of Fortune... More >>

  • Ruby Sparks

    published July 25, 2012

    It's one of the most cherished legends of the American indie: A socially retarded ugly duck, despite making no effort to regulate his glaring... More >>

  • Abendland

    published July 25, 2012

    A documentary composed of vignettes of Europe by night, shot as though through the eyes of some inquisitive, unobtrusive, silent ghost,... More >>

  • The Lurid Pleasure of Killer Joe

    published July 25, 2012

    At one point in Killer Joe, a hideously funny tabloid noir set on the outskirts of Dallas County, Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is let into... More >>

  • BE KIND REWIND

    published July 25, 2012

    If ever there were a case of predictive nostalgia, this is it. In May of this year, the West Village’s storied World of Video closed its... More >>

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    Self-Important, The Dark Knight Rises Feels Like Batman Forever

    published July 18, 2012

    Christopher Nolan's ponderous, pontifical action movies are written less as screenplays than as operator's manuals, guiding an audience through... More >>

  • 30 Beats

    published July 18, 2012

    It is a safe bet that 30 Beats, which was filmed in the summer of 2009 and boasts a distinctly mid-'90s "funky, sex-positive" vibe, is... More >>

  • 'Unaccompanied Minors' at MOMA: The Kids Are Unloosed

    published July 18, 2012

    Aside from being three of the best American movies in recent memory, Hugo, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Tree of Life share... More >>

  • Alps: The Full Range

    published July 11, 2012

    In a gymnasium, a clandestine four-person group meets to discuss its name. One member suggests "Alps," explaining: "The mountains of the Alps... More >>

  • Easy Money

    published July 11, 2012

    As the general run of action films blithely defies the laws of gravity and consequence, what a pleasure to find a movie as grounded, physically... More >>

  • Red Lights: Skeptical Inquiry

    published July 11, 2012

    Red Lights aspires to be a genre movie of ideas. Like a great number of films dealing with supernatural and extraterrestrial phenomena,... More >>

  • Horror, Romance, and Artistry at the Japan Cuts Fest

    published July 11, 2012

    Appropriate to its name, Japan Cuts slices a cross section of a fecund film culture. This year's festival, the sixth, includes 37 features,... More >>

  • It's the Earth Not the Moon

    published July 11, 2012

    Talking about films, one often falls back onto that hackneyed, insufficient phrase "a sense of place" -- Gonçalo Tocha’s micro-epic... More >>

  • Crazy Eyes

    published July 4, 2012

    We first encounter the subject of Crazy Eyes' character study mixing his drinks while damning the glittering void of L.A. from the... More >>

  • People Like Us

    published June 27, 2012

    People Like Us is a certifiable adult drama built atop sturdy thematic supports, a rare enough item these days, though it's telling that... More >>

  • Madea's Witness Protection

    published June 27, 2012

    With his creation Mabel “Madea” Simmons, here starring in her seventh film, Tyler Perry has built a franchise around barking... More >>

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