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Lincoln Center's James Brown Fest Showcases Peak Human Achievement Lincoln Center's James Brown Fest Showcases Peak Human Achievement
, August 27, 2014
Is it overselling it to claim that James Brown's 18-minute performance on 1964's The T.A.M.I. Show rivals the moon landing as the choicest... More>>
The Last of Robin Hood Wrestles with a Star's Underage Love The Last of Robin Hood Wrestles with a Star's Underage Love
, August 27, 2014
If older man/younger women matchups make many people uncomfortable, the older man/much younger women combo tends to make them apoplectic. It... More>>
In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989 In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989
, August 27, 2014
Here's what an R rating gets you these days: a few splattery headshots, some glimpses of cable TV-style background nudity, a couple kids and... More>>
The Material in African-American Doc Through a Lens Darkly is Rich and Stunning The Material in African-American Doc Through a Lens Darkly is Rich and Stunning
, August 27, 2014
The material that Guggenheim-winning, race-history doc-maker Harris works with in Through a Lens Darkly is rich and stunning: the semi-secret... More>>
The Conformist, Bertolucci's Boldest Film, Showing at Film Forum The Conformist, Bertolucci's Boldest Film, Showing at Film Forum
, August 27, 2014
In Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, fascism proves a galvanizing force — but only for psychopaths. Italy's budding sadists, Attila Mellanchini... More>>
Last Weekend Embroils Patricia Clarkson in a Battle of Politeness Last Weekend Embroils Patricia Clarkson in a Battle of Politeness
, August 27, 2014
The most striking moments in Last Weekend are not the expected ones. It's not the way first-time directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams shoot the... More>>
Kundo: Age of the Rampant Is Not Your Average Korean Robin Hood Western
, August 27, 2014
It wasn't just Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Korea circa the early 1860s had its own band of thieves with a yen for... More>>
The Damned Is a Little Scary The Damned Is a Little Scary
, August 27, 2014
Is The Damned scary? Yes, a bit. But full enjoyment of this horror film might depend on the depth of your sympathy for characters who are... More>>
Hungary's Brutal The Notebook Will Cause Delightful Confusion on Netflix Hungary's Brutal The Notebook Will Cause Delightful Confusion on Netflix
, August 27, 2014
About as different from its 2004 Ryan Gosling — Rachel McAdams namesake as possible, The Notebook (A nagy füzet) recounts the... More>>
Brutal Prison Drama Starred Up Stirs Rare Empathy Brutal Prison Drama Starred Up Stirs Rare Empathy
, August 27, 2014
The beginning of David Mackenzie’s U.K. prison drama, Starred Up, might make you wonder if you’ll survive to the end: We see a kid... More>>
Torture Fetishists Will Savor The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears Torture Fetishists Will Savor The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
, August 27, 2014
A nipple is sliced off. A crotch is stabbed. Plastic, glove-clad hands creep beneath someone's skin and stretch, smother, rip. A man's stomach is... More>>
Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering Explores the Controversial Cancer Treatment Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering Explores the Controversial Cancer Treatment
, August 27, 2014
Extracted from apricots, peaches, and almonds, Laetrile is one of the most controversial cancer treatments to approach the mainstream. The... More>>
Anime Fantasy Patema Inverted Pulls You In with Stunning Images Anime Fantasy Patema Inverted Pulls You In with Stunning Images
, August 27, 2014
Among astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's well-publicized nitpicks about Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity was that a more appropriate title would... More>>
Holocaust Doc Shadows From My Past Could Use a Professional Touch Holocaust Doc Shadows From My Past Could Use a Professional Touch
, August 27, 2014
Shadows From My Past is like a box stuffed with old letters and photographs: Things may be out of order, but, stay with it, and you’ll soon... More>>
Action Thriller The Prince Lacks Finesse Action Thriller The Prince Lacks Finesse
, August 27, 2014
The action thriller The Prince is so bad that the most noteworthy thing about it is that the opening credits list 19 executive producers.... More>>
Teen Angst Is in the Air During the Brooding Jamie Marks Is Dead Teen Angst Is in the Air During the Brooding Jamie Marks Is Dead
, August 27, 2014
Supernatural teen angst and romance are in the chilly air of fashion photographer-turned-filmmaker Carter Smith’s (The Ruins) brooding and... More>>
Canopy Literally Drops a Soldier On an Island Canopy Literally Drops a Soldier On an Island
, August 27, 2014
Shot down over Singaporean rainforest during WWII, an Australian fighter pilot (Khan Chittenden) wakes up in a tree, swinging from his parachute... More>>
When the Game Stands Tall Insists Jesus Wants Kids to Hit Each Other Hard on the Gridiron When the Game Stands Tall Insists Jesus Wants Kids to Hit Each Other Hard on the Gridiron
, August 20, 2014
According to inspirational sports movies, winning demands you train hard, play with heart, be a team, and not care about winning. So it goes in... More>>
Spare a Dame? The Women of Sin City Live to Suffer -- and Little Else Spare a Dame? The Women of Sin City Live to Suffer -- and Little Else
, August 20, 2014
Sin City, population unknown but dropping every minute, is a gorgeous place, but you wouldn't want to live there. Even the shadows and broken... More>>
Lithgow, Molina, and Manhattan All Move in Love Is Strange Lithgow, Molina, and Manhattan All Move in Love Is Strange
, August 20, 2014
You could be forgiven, after watching the opening minutes of Ira Sachs's fine-grained and flinty Love Is Strange, for thinking it's going to be a... More>>
To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country
, August 20, 2014
Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei.... More>>
Rapturous Doc Expedition to the End of the World Seeks What's Left Once the Ice is Gone Rapturous Doc Expedition to the End of the World Seeks What's Left Once the Ice is Gone
, August 20, 2014
Here’s how generous Daniel Dencik’s doc Expedition to the End of the World gets with its harsh beauty. Deep in the film, its party of... More>>
The "Strange Land: International Sci-Fi" Series Boasts Handmade Wonders The "Strange Land: International Sci-Fi" Series Boasts Handmade Wonders
, August 20, 2014
Picture-book wonders parade throughout this don't-miss 1958 live action — meets-animation Czech lulu: Relish the airships, shipwrecks,... More>>
Martial Arts Period Drama 14 Blades Is Great When They're Fighting Martial Arts Period Drama 14 Blades Is Great When They're Fighting
, August 20, 2014
Martial arts period drama 14 Blades' cartoonish action scenes are so energetic that it's hard to believe they weren't directed by master... More>>
In Horror Comedy Jersey Shore Massacre, Stereotypes Die Blandly In Horror Comedy Jersey Shore Massacre, Stereotypes Die Blandly
, August 20, 2014
The exceedingly gruesome Jersey Shore Massacre is likely to amuse but then repulse those who once relished the whiny twang of the young Italian... More>>
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