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Transcendence Gives Up the Ghost in the Machine Transcendence Gives Up the Ghost in the Machine
, April 16, 2014
Sometimes it's helpful to know certain details about how a film has come together. And sometimes it's just so much information. Transcendence,... More>>
Tribeca Film Festival Offers Almost 100 Tough-Minded Flicks Tribeca Film Festival Offers Almost 100 Tough-Minded Flicks
, April 16, 2014
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival opens with Time Is Illmatic, celebrating the 20th anniversary of rapper Nas's groundbreaking 1994 record (with a... More>>
Heaven Is for Real Is Actually Pretty Good, Save the "Heaven" Part Heaven Is for Real Is Actually Pretty Good, Save the "Heaven" Part
, April 16, 2014
Ask around long enough among your friends and relatives, and you'll likely kick up tales suggesting the permeability of whatever shrouds this... More>>
The 1954 Godzilla Succeeds Where Many of Its Modern-Day Descendants Fall Short The 1954 Godzilla Succeeds Where Many of Its Modern-Day Descendants Fall Short
, April 16, 2014
In an era when Hollywood considers destroying whole cities obligatory for blockbusters, it's refreshing to recall a time when such fantastical... More>>
Fading Gigolo: John Turturro and Woody Allen Charm in a Brooklyn Sex Comedy Fading Gigolo: John Turturro and Woody Allen Charm in a Brooklyn Sex Comedy
, April 16, 2014
One of the great pleasures of regular moviegoing isn't seeing great films. It's finding the little oddballs, the modest entertainments that miss... More>>
Transcendence Director Wally Pfister Doesn't Want Immortality (Neither Does Johnny Depp) Transcendence Director Wally Pfister Doesn't Want Immortality (Neither Does Johnny Depp)
, April 16, 2014
When Wally Pfister won an Oscar for Inception, his sixth film with Christopher Nolan, he went home and put the statuette on his mantel. "And... More>>
Visions of Mary Frank, Screening free at Film Forum, Is a Welcome Introduction to an Unknown, Kick-Ass Artist Visions of Mary Frank, Screening free at Film Forum, Is a Welcome Introduction to an Unknown, Kick-Ass Artist
, April 16, 2014
It's never not apparent that this bio-doc from John Cohen is a labor of love — you can tell by the lack of objectivity and production... More>>
The Final Member Exposes Life at Iceland's Penis Museum The Final Member Exposes Life at Iceland's Penis Museum
, April 16, 2014
"There is more space in the house now," says the wife of Sigurdur "Siggi" Hjartarson. It's her only comment regarding her husband's decision to... More>>
Manakamana Places You Atop the World Manakamana Places You Atop the World
, April 16, 2014
The Sensory Ethnography Lab, a collective of researchers and filmmakers based out of Harvard, made a name for themselves last year with the... More>>
Fathers-and-Sons Story Small Time Sinks When It Tries to Go Big Fathers-and-Sons Story Small Time Sinks When It Tries to Go Big
, April 16, 2014
"This was the summer I figured out who I am," someone states toward the end of Small Time, Joel Surnow's filmmaking debut. The sentiment isn't... More>>
Conspiracy Thriller Proxy Raises More Compelling Questions Than Answers Conspiracy Thriller Proxy Raises More Compelling Questions Than Answers
, April 16, 2014
The phrase "not for the faint of heart" was made for Proxy's opening sequence, an eruption of more-is-more body horror beginning with a routine... More>>
Tasting Menu Is Gag-Worthy Tasting Menu Is Gag-Worthy
, April 16, 2014
So sloppy it can't even adequately follow through on cooking its various plot strands to completion, Tasting Menu concerns the dreary goings-on... More>>
Authors Anonymous Is a Mockumentary That Punches Down Authors Anonymous Is a Mockumentary That Punches Down
, April 16, 2014
Ellie Kanner's Authors Anonymous concerns a writing workshop for aspiring novelists, but on the strength of the film you get the sense that... More>>
Awkwardly Scripted, A Promise Is Plagued With Uninspired Performances Awkwardly Scripted, A Promise Is Plagued With Uninspired Performances
, April 16, 2014
No bodices were harmed in veteran French filmmaker Patrice Leconte's chaste and bloodless English-language debut, a love-triangle costume drama... More>>
A Turbulent Tale, Soft in the Head Is Never Less Than Thrilling A Turbulent Tale, Soft in the Head Is Never Less Than Thrilling
, April 16, 2014
Nathan Silver's last feature, Exit Elena, earned the Brooklyn-based director comparisons to John Cassavetes, with whom he shared an almost... More>>
Fueled by Compelling Performances, 13 Sins is a Deftly Constructed Horror Flick Fueled by Compelling Performances, 13 Sins is a Deftly Constructed Horror Flick
, April 16, 2014
Most of us would kill a fly if someone promised us $1,000 to do so, but not everyone would eat the dead fly for $3,000 more. In the fast-paced... More>>
A Must-See Documentary, Vanishing Pearls Explores the Costs of the BP Oil Spill A Must-See Documentary, Vanishing Pearls Explores the Costs of the BP Oil Spill
, April 16, 2014
"No class of people should have to sacrifice their lives and their heritage for somebody else to get rich," says one of the men interviewed in... More>>
Half the Road is an Enraging Portrait of the Entrenched Sexism in Competitive Sports Half the Road is an Enraging Portrait of the Entrenched Sexism in Competitive Sports
, April 16, 2014
Early in the documentary Half the Road, director and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine interviews Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run... More>>
That Demon Within is an Exhausting Plot-Vending Machine That Demon Within is an Exhausting Plot-Vending Machine
, April 16, 2014
Rock-dumb Hong Kong thriller That Demon Within is exhausting, and only sometimes batshit enough to be engaging. Popular action filmmaker Dante... More>>
Cesar's Last Fast is Rich with Detail and Exclusive Footage of the Late Labor Organizer
, April 16, 2014
Equally lionizing but richer in detail than the recent Michael Peña-led biopic César Chávez, this occasionally stirring doc... More>>
The Real-Life Story of a Teenage Drug Smuggler, Kid Cannabis is an Inane Celebration The Real-Life Story of a Teenage Drug Smuggler, Kid Cannabis is an Inane Celebration
, April 16, 2014
Closing with N.W.A.'s anti-authority anthem "Fuck tha Police," Kid Cannabis celebrates drug dealing via the real-life story of Nate Norman... More>>
Only Lovers Left Alive: Jim Jarmusch's Hipster Vampires Have It On Vinyl Only Lovers Left Alive: Jim Jarmusch's Hipster Vampires Have It On Vinyl
Jarmusch's undead know how to live.
, April 09, 2014
The vampires that walk among us — and they do — are not the Twilight kind, or the True Blood kind, or even the Buffy kind. In the... More>>
The Young Girls of Rochefort: Summer Days and Sister Acts in the Director's Rapturous Musical The Young Girls of Rochefort: Summer Days and Sister Acts in the Director's Rapturous Musical
Demy Goddesses
, April 09, 2014
A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane... More>>
The Jewish Cardinal Is as Grand and Odd as It Sounds The Jewish Cardinal Is as Grand and Odd as It Sounds
, April 09, 2014
The Bishop of Orleans, a converted Jew, is driving back to Paris when his car breaks down and he's rescued by a car full of denim-clad French... More>>
Perfect Sisters: A Plot to Kill A Terrible Mom Perfect Sisters: A Plot to Kill A Terrible Mom
, April 09, 2014
Perfect Sisters stumbles through a plot of moments haphazardly strung together that sounds absolutely unrealistic — except that it's based... More>>
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