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Jonathan Franzen's Call for Love: 'You Need to Take Care of Birds Now' Jonathan Franzen's Call for Love: 'You Need to Take Care of Birds Now'
, April 22, 2015
“I hope they’re not scared off and think it’s like The Cove,” Jonathan Franzen said on Monday evening. He was referring... More>>
Kevin Pollak's Misery Loves Comedy Asks Why Comedians are So Miserable Kevin Pollak's Misery Loves Comedy Asks Why Comedians are So Miserable
, April 22, 2015
“When someone's off balance, that's the best time to hit someone,” Jim Gaffigan says in Kevin Pollak's breezy, chatty Misery Loves... More>>
Clement's Masterpiece Forbidden Games Shows How Far Films of Faith Have Fallen Clement's Masterpiece Forbidden Games Shows How Far Films of Faith Have Fallen
, April 22, 2015
Did you know that there's a new family-audience feature film that implies God nuked Japan because one plucky American moppet dared to dream?... More>>
Don't Think I've Forgotten Summons Up a Rock 'n' Roll Beat That Pol Pot Stamped Out Don't Think I've Forgotten Summons Up a Rock 'n' Roll Beat That Pol Pot Stamped Out
Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Cambodia?
, April 22, 2015
The most beautiful and haunting words in John Pirozzi's vibrant documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll are heard... More>>
Jonathan Franzen and Emptying the Skies Save the Birds for Love Jonathan Franzen and Emptying the Skies Save the Birds for Love
, April 22, 2015
Jonathan Franzen writes most convincingly about love when writing about birds. In 2010, his love for them inspired a New Yorker essay that... More>>
Tribeca: Slow West, a Mythical Neo-Western, and Far From Men, a Desolate Algerian War Drama Tribeca: Slow West, a Mythical Neo-Western, and Far From Men, a Desolate Algerian War Drama
, April 22, 2015
A neo-western that operates in purely mythic terms, Slow West evokes an 1870 America steeped in isolation, heartbreak, suffering, and misery.... More>>
Tribeca: Stefan Nadelman's Short Last Call Is a Great, Boozy Glimpse of the City That Was Tribeca: Stefan Nadelman's Short Last Call Is a Great, Boozy Glimpse of the City That Was
, April 22, 2015
You don't need me to tell you that this year's clutch of documentary shorts at the Tribeca Film Festival is a mixed bag. Of course it is. The day... More>>
Tribeca Thrillers: Adrien Brody Sees Dead People in Backtrack Tribeca Thrillers: Adrien Brody Sees Dead People in Backtrack
, April 22, 2015
Adrien Brody sees dead people — so, so many dead people — in Backtrack, an Australian hybrid of The Sixth Sense and every thriller to... More>>
The Man-Child Movie Trend Must End The Man-Child Movie Trend Must End
Adult Beginners crams Kroll into a played-out arc
, April 22, 2015
I dread explaining man-child dramedies to the ghosts of the dead. “You see, Grandpa, after your time, a generation paralyzed by the economy... More>>
Elegant Doc The Great Museum Offers Two Years of Gallery Life Elegant Doc The Great Museum Offers Two Years of Gallery Life
, April 22, 2015
Nothing seems hurried in The Great Museum, but there's a momentum to the hushed activity it captures at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.... More>>
The Cameo-Packed Kung Fu Killer Could Kick Expendable Ass The Cameo-Packed Kung Fu Killer Could Kick Expendable Ass
, April 22, 2015
More than just another action vehicle for Ip Man superstar Donnie Yen (who, even in his early fifties, seems capable of taking down all of the... More>>
John Travolta's Age-Inappropriate Hair Steals The Forger John Travolta's Age-Inappropriate Hair Steals The Forger
, April 22, 2015
John Travolta's Raymond Cutter doesn't forge anything during the first 40 minutes of The Forger, unless we can count his unconvincing,... More>>
1915 Attempts to Honor the Armenian Genocide by Putting on a Show 1915 Attempts to Honor the Armenian Genocide by Putting on a Show
, April 22, 2015
Because atrocious backstage drama 1915 is meant to address a great global tragedy — the Turkish government–mandated extermination of... More>>
Tasty Doc Wa-shoku Examines Japanese Food in America Tasty Doc Wa-shoku Examines Japanese Food in America
, April 22, 2015
A catchall term for Japanese cuisine, washoku is omnipresent in these blessed United States thanks largely to one man: Noritoshi Kanai. The... More>>
Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut The Water Diviner Is Often Too Tedious Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut The Water Diviner Is Often Too Tedious
, April 22, 2015
Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr.... More>>
Laugh Killer Laugh Offers None of the Pulpy Fun of Its Title Laugh Killer Laugh Offers None of the Pulpy Fun of Its Title
, April 22, 2015
A creative-writing teacher in Laugh Killer Laugh instructs his students to fictionalize their own personal experiences. For sad-sack second-story... More>>
Eco Doc Revolution Hewes Too Close to Formula Eco Doc Revolution Hewes Too Close to Formula
, April 22, 2015
Director Rob Stewart commits a tactical error common to contemporary documentary filmmakers whose work rings the alarm on the damage we do to... More>>
Artists Reflect on Life in Nazi Camps in Because I Was a Painter Artists Reflect on Life in Nazi Camps in Because I Was a Painter
, April 22, 2015
“I drew all of that because I was a painter. It was an inner necessity." So goes the opening statement of Christophe Cognet's documentary... More>>
Real-Life Hostage Thriller 24 Days Could Use More Humanity Real-Life Hostage Thriller 24 Days Could Use More Humanity
, April 22, 2015
Alexandre Arcady's thriller 24 Days follows the true-life 2006 kidnapping and ransom of Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man living in Paris. This... More>>
Life-After-Auschwitz Tale Anita B. Is Mired by Sentiment Life-After-Auschwitz Tale Anita B. Is Mired by Sentiment
, April 22, 2015
Anita (Eline Powell), the hero of Roberto Faenza’s new Holocaust film, is a Hungarian Jew and, as the picture opens, survivor of a recently... More>>
Lively Wears Her Role in The Age of Adaline Well, but Time Isn't On Her Side Lively Wears Her Role in The Age of Adaline Well, but Time Isn't On Her Side
, April 22, 2015
Blake Lively, quietly dazzling in pictures like The Town and the almost embarrassingly enjoyable Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, has... More>>
Wannabe Tarantino Thugs Rule Road to Juarez Wannabe Tarantino Thugs Rule Road to Juarez
, April 22, 2015
A stark lesson in the importance of skillful editing, Road to Juarez crisscrosses so haphazardly between locations, incidents, and time frames... More>>
Thriller Unfriended Is the Rare Good Film About the Internet Thriller Unfriended Is the Rare Good Film About the Internet
, April 15, 2015
The trolling is coming from inside the house! Mere emojis can't capture the plugged-in joys of the first hour or so of haunted-internet teen... More>>
FX's Hillbilly Noir Justified Was the Forgotten Prestige TV Show FX's Hillbilly Noir Justified Was the Forgotten Prestige TV Show
, April 15, 2015
No show wears its love for language and land more proudly than FX's Justified, which ends its six-year run on April 14. Based on a novella by... More>>
Disney's Monkey Kingdom Is Wonderful -- and Full of Lies Disney's Monkey Kingdom Is Wonderful -- and Full of Lies
, April 15, 2015
Truth in film takes another jolly beating in Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, a documentary-like nature flick with the last-century chutzpah to... More>>
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