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You Children Deserve Better Than Penguins of Madagascar You Children Deserve Better Than Penguins of Madagascar
, November 26, 2014
Talking-animal spy comedy Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off of talking-animal prison-break comedy Madagascar and its sequels, plays like a... More>>
The Historian Lays Bare the Cost of Academic Life The Historian Lays Bare the Cost of Academic Life
, November 26, 2014
Smart people (in this case, academics) do stupid things in The Historian, and since first-time writer/director Miles Doleac has the tendency to... More>>
Is Any Part of Bill Cosby's Legacy Worth Salvaging? Is Any Part of Bill Cosby's Legacy Worth Salvaging?
How you separate the art from the artist
, November 19, 2014
Bill Cosby's present is secure. Despite the 17 women (so far) who have publicly come forward with notably similar allegations of drug-enabled... More>>
Constipation Crime Drama The Mule Only Offers Relief at the End Constipation Crime Drama The Mule Only Offers Relief at the End
, November 19, 2014
Perhaps it's fitting that a crime drama about constipation should take so long to get going. Directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson's tense... More>>
Bad Hair Is an Affecting Look at Youthful Yearning Bad Hair Is an Affecting Look at Youthful Yearning
, November 19, 2014
When we’re little, the things we want so badly in our miniaturized here-and-now are often impossible for grown-ups to understand.... More>>
Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in an Engaging Doc Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in an Engaging Doc
, November 19, 2014
When I was a kid in upstate New York, I’d hear Petula Clark’s “Downtown” on the radio — a song about the promise of... More>>
The Rapturous Flamenco Flamenco Offers Just What It Promises The Rapturous Flamenco Flamenco Offers Just What It Promises
See It! See It!
, November 19, 2014
The magnificent dance film Flamenco Flamenco begins, as it must, with a lady in red. Scarlet red, the dress clings to the impossibly lithe body... More>>
Mockingjay Is Sharp on Propaganda but Soft on Celebrity Mockingjay Is Sharp on Propaganda but Soft on Celebrity
, November 19, 2014
Over the first two Hunger Games films, we've watched coal miner's daughter Katniss Everdeen become the pawn, then the pest, of the Capitol, whose... More>>
Post-Paterno, Happy Valley Finds Penn State Thumbing Its Wounds Post-Paterno, Happy Valley Finds Penn State Thumbing Its Wounds
, November 19, 2014
Here's a terrifying thought: What if there's one thing in your life you feel so passionately about that you miss out on the bigger truths? That... More>>
Sex and Broadcasting Celebrates the Unlikely Story of WFMU Sex and Broadcasting Celebrates the Unlikely Story of WFMU
, November 19, 2014
The title is a tease. Sex and Broadcasting, Tim K. Smith’s long-overdue documentary on WFMU -- America’s most celebrated freeform... More>>
The King and the Mockingbird Is Elegant and Climaxes with a Robot Attack The King and the Mockingbird Is Elegant and Climaxes with a Robot Attack
, November 19, 2014
The most swooning and elegant hand-drawn animation masterpiece to climax with a giant robot attack, Paul Grimault's The King and the Mockingbird... More>>
The Singular Story of My Death Has a Dazzling Vitality The Singular Story of My Death Has a Dazzling Vitality
, November 19, 2014
Introducing Story of My Death at the International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year, Catalan director Albert Serra proclaimed his film... More>>
The Marvelous Monk With a Camera Examines the Paradox of Fame and Humility The Marvelous Monk With a Camera Examines the Paradox of Fame and Humility
, November 19, 2014
Nicholas Vreeland has a shaved head and a famous last name. The first, obvious and gleaming, advertises his humility and his life as a Tibetan... More>>
Despite Missteps, Four Moons Provides Compelling Drama Despite Missteps, Four Moons Provides Compelling Drama
, November 19, 2014
Watching Sergio Tovar Velarde's Four Moons can feel like witnessing a young musician performing with an emotional intensity that heavily... More>>
Death Metal Angola Argues That Death Metal Was Born in Africa Death Metal Angola Argues That Death Metal Was Born in Africa
, November 19, 2014
Nearly all art is reactionary, and death metal is no different. The extreme nature of this usually apolitical subgenre (whose most influential... More>>
The Sleepwalker Reinvents the Dysfunctional Family Movie The Sleepwalker Reinvents the Dysfunctional Family Movie
, November 19, 2014
Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's your yearly "hell is family members" film. However, The Sleepwalker distinguishes itself from most entries in... More>>
V/H/S: Viral Features Four Fitfully Unsettling Stories V/H/S: Viral Features Four Fitfully Unsettling Stories
, November 19, 2014
None of the four short films featured in horror omnibus V/H/S: Viral is consistently involving, but they are all fitfully unsettling thanks to... More>>
Alien Abduction Horror Extraterrestrial Is Soaked in Genre Tradition Alien Abduction Horror Extraterrestrial Is Soaked in Genre Tradition
, November 19, 2014
Here's a game: Jot down the plot elements you expect to see in a cabin-in-the-woods UFO horror flick before you settle in for the garishly... More>>
Food Chains Follows the Activism of Tomato Pickers Who Ask for a Penny More Food Chains Follows the Activism of Tomato Pickers Who Ask for a Penny More
, November 19, 2014
To me it means life, it means memories," says Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a farmworker advocate featured in the documentary Food Chains. He's talking... More>>
Haitian Emigre Film Stones in the Sun Shares the Story of Three Brooklyn Families
, November 19, 2014
A tiny-budgeted, over-earnest shot at fashioning a Paul Haggis-Crash-like topical weave from the crisis of Haitian émigrés coming... More>>
Late Phases Asks Not 'Is There a Werewolf,' but "Why Is There a Werewolf?' Late Phases Asks Not 'Is There a Werewolf,' but "Why Is There a Werewolf?'
, November 19, 2014
Two key elements in horror movies are anticipation and pacing, with the latter simply the heightening and lowering of the former. With Late... More>>
Reach Me Is a Tone-Deaf Melodrama Reach Me Is a Tone-Deaf Melodrama
, November 19, 2014
Writer/director John Herzfeld (15 Minutes, Two of a Kind) earnestly tries and spectacularly fails to dilute the acrid pretentiousness of Reach... More>>
In David Bowie Is, Don't Expect Much Insight on the the Music In David Bowie Is, Don't Expect Much Insight on the the Music
, November 19, 2014
David Bowie Is offers up dozens of sentence-completing phrases to the quasi-fragment that serves as its title, but the most helpful/descriptive... More>>
Pseudo-Doc The Circle Examines a Lifelong Romance Between Two Men Pseudo-Doc The Circle Examines a Lifelong Romance Between Two Men
, November 19, 2014
Stefan Haupt's pseudo-documentary The Circle examines the lifelong romance between two men, Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, and the ways it... More>>
Bro-Centric Rom-Com All Relative Calls for a Strenuous Suspension of Disbelief Bro-Centric Rom-Com All Relative Calls for a Strenuous Suspension of Disbelief
, November 19, 2014
The Manhattan of writer-director J.C. Khoury's bro-centric romantic comedy All Relative is one where bored housewives spit wine into the mouths... More>>
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