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Archival Reels Capture Life During Wartime in Warsaw Uprising Archival Reels Capture Life During Wartime in Warsaw Uprising
, November 05, 2014
In August of 1944, the Soviets halted their march to Warsaw. Residents were up in arms within the walls of Poland's German-occupied capital city,... More>>
Haley Joel Osment is Fine in Sex Ed Comedy Sex Ed Haley Joel Osment is Fine in Sex Ed Comedy Sex Ed
, November 05, 2014
Adult virgins are held in pretty much the same regard as post-transformation Gregor Samsa. In real life, they're fairly rare, though not complete... More>>
21 Years: Richard Linklater Surveys the Career of the Austin Auteur 21 Years: Richard Linklater Surveys the Career of the Austin Auteur
, November 05, 2014
Playing more like a distended awards show package than a proper documentary, 21 Years: Richard Linklater reflects on the first half of its title... More>>
It's Lithuanians vs. the Soviets in The Invisible Front It's Lithuanians vs. the Soviets in The Invisible Front
, November 05, 2014
The opening-credits sequence of Jonas Ohman and Vincas Sruoginis's documentary The Invisible Front fetishizes evidential materials: files,... More>>
The Better Angels Asks, "What If Terrence Malick Made a Film About Abraham Lincoln?" The Better Angels Asks, "What If Terrence Malick Made a Film About Abraham Lincoln?"
, November 05, 2014
Rare is the biographical film that leaves its subject more obscure than before, but A.J. Edwards's The Better Angels does just that for Abraham... More>>
Viva la Liberta is a Faux-Funny Political Comedy Viva la Liberta is a Faux-Funny Political Comedy
, November 05, 2014
From Dave to The Dictator, politicians-replaced-by-doppelgängers has long been a favorite comedy movie device — yet never has it been... More>>
The Thriller Open Windows Loses Track of Its Star The Thriller Open Windows Loses Track of Its Star
, November 05, 2014
The new thriller from Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is visually dazzling, but the story starts off silly and ends up a... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on Why We're to Blame for Tabloid News Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on Why We're to Blame for Tabloid News
, October 29, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with... More>>
How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies
, October 29, 2014
This essay contains a spoiler or two for John Wick. There's too much violence in movies today -- too much of the wrong kind, though if you asked... More>>
Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge
, October 29, 2014
When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the... More>>
Braddock America Reveals a Steel Town's Afterlife Braddock America Reveals a Steel Town's Afterlife
, October 29, 2014
There's nothing new, exactly, in Gabriella Kessler and Jean-Loïc Portron's despairing but beautiful Braddock America, but the sad truths it... More>>
In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring is Second to a Nice American's Journey In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring is Second to a Nice American's Journey
, October 29, 2014
Can profundity be accidental? Marshall Curry's documentary Point and Shoot is a study in naifdom that seems to think it's about something else:... More>>
The Mekons are Still Here, Still Great -- and In a New Doc The Mekons are Still Here, Still Great -- and In a New Doc
, October 29, 2014
In Richard Lester’s 1965 Help!, two proper English matrons, dressed in balmacaans, gloves, and old-lady hats, wave to their neighbors,... More>>
Horns Lets Radcliffe Be Bad, But Not in a Good Way Horns Lets Radcliffe Be Bad, But Not in a Good Way
, October 29, 2014
Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive.... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster
, October 29, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a... More>>
With Goodbye to Language, Godard Has a Ball Poking Another Stick in Your Eye With Goodbye to Language, Godard Has a Ball Poking Another Stick in Your Eye
, October 29, 2014
The experience of being eluded by Jean-Luc Godard has its consolations, foremost among them the 83-year-old director's prerogative to elude. If a... More>>
The New Queer Cinema Burns on in BAM's Grand Jarman Retro The New Queer Cinema Burns on in BAM's Grand Jarman Retro
, October 29, 2014
Fire figures prominently in the passionate, furious films of Derek Jarman: the conflagrations that consume London streets in Jubilee (1978), the... More>>
Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect
, October 29, 2014
There’s so much space in Christopher Nolan’s nearly three-hour intergalactic extravaganza Interstellar that there’s almost no... More>>
Thriller Missionary Is a Taut Look at the Dark Side of Door-to-Door Evangelism Thriller Missionary Is a Taut Look at the Dark Side of Door-to-Door Evangelism
, October 29, 2014
Anthony DiBlasi’s taut look at the dark side of door-to-door evangelism starts off innocuously enough, but things go from The Tabernacles... More>>
Plot for Peace Is an Enthralling Doc About Preventing War Plot for Peace Is an Enthralling Doc About Preventing War
, October 29, 2014
A shadowy figure with a habit of making deals to line his own pockets inserts himself into global politics, helping to end wars and topple South... More>>
All You Need Is Love (and Money, and Basic Human Rights) All You Need Is Love (and Money, and Basic Human Rights)
, October 29, 2014
The documentary All You Need Is Love does a nice job of showing how, when it comes to children's lives, the ordinary is inescapable, even in... More>>
The Great Invisible Is a Stately Exploration of the BP Oil Spill The Great Invisible Is a Stately Exploration of the BP Oil Spill
, October 29, 2014
Margaret Brown's documentary The Great Invisible stands as a Very Important Film, and not just because of its impressive pedigree. Collectively,... More>>
Political Doc True Son Finds Reason to Be Upbeat, No Matter the Odds Against It Political Doc True Son Finds Reason to Be Upbeat, No Matter the Odds Against It
, October 29, 2014
How can it cost $100,000 to get to some 30,000 votes — in the poorest district of a town so broke its city hall got foreclosed on? That's... More>>
Its Simple Conceit Intact, ABCs of Death 2 Kills Its Simple Conceit Intact, ABCs of Death 2 Kills
, October 29, 2014
Like its predecessor, ABCs of Death 2 has a simple conceit: There's a short film about death for each letter of the alphabet, all by different... More>>
Polygamy in Bali: Power, Violence and Divorce Explored in Bitter Honey Polygamy in Bali: Power, Violence and Divorce Explored in Bitter Honey
, October 29, 2014
In the marital hierarchy of Indonesia, where polygamy is still legal and semi-regularly practiced, a man's second wife is known as his honey.... More>>
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