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A Whisper to a Roar A Whisper to a Roar
, October 10, 2012
An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to expunge... More>>
Gayby Gayby
, October 10, 2012
Making a kid "the old-fashioned way" becomes the plot engine for the second time this year—after Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With... More>>
Simon and the Oaks Simon and the Oaks
, October 10, 2012
Lisa Ohlin's Simon and the Oaks has all the superficial elements of compelling drama but none of the interiority; it looks like a good movie... More>>
Smashed Smashed
, October 10, 2012
Movies about drugs and alcohol might be a dime (bag) a dozen, but James Ponsoldt's Smashed is so beautifully shot and well acted as to transcend... More>>
3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom
, October 10, 2012
Less inept than its worst-of-the-year title suggests, 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom nonetheless proves too ramshackle and aimless to ever achieve... More>>
War of the Buttons War of the Buttons
, October 10, 2012
After The Chorus and Paris 36, Christophe Barratier—one of France's least interesting living directors—offers up another gooey slice... More>>
Photographic Memory Photographic Memory
, October 10, 2012
Ross McElwee attempts to understand his son in the present day by revisiting his own past in Photographic Memory, an autobiographical doc in... More>>
The Iran Job The Iran Job
, October 10, 2012
Although it presents itself as merely the story of a professional basketball player named Kevin Sheppard, who, never quite making it to the NBA,... More>>
An Affair of the Heart
, October 10, 2012
Two interview subjects – the befuddled spouse of a diehard fan and an apathetic Swedish metal-head -- cut to the core of the doc An Affair... More>>
Family Tradition: My Father and the Man in Black My Father and the Man in Black
Fathers, sons, and Johnny Cash distinguish a new doc
, October 03, 2012
It's a weird miracle that Johnny Cash and his primitive twosome banged out music that still feels so full and vital today. And it's a weird... More>>
Wake in Fright Returns, Lurid as Ever Wake in Fright
The wickedest walkabout
, October 03, 2012
As director Ted Kotcheff told Senses of Cinema magazine, when Aussie grind house creeper Wake in Fright premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in... More>>
The House I Live In Pushes the Straight Dope The House I Live In
Powerful voices (but not the director's) explain the failed war on drugs
, October 03, 2012
The winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at Sundance, Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In, an occasionally muddled disquisition on the... More>>
Sister
, October 03, 2012
Hustling is a profession for the pint-size in Sister, a Dardenne-lite drama about a 12-year-old boy's efforts to support himself and his older... More>>
Trade of Innocents
, October 03, 2012
So on-message it forgets it’s a movie, Trade of Innocents has only one memorable character, though that might be inadvertent: the scuzzy... More>>
Taken 2
, October 03, 2012
The one surefire punchline in Taken 2 is unintended, a bitter laugh. Ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), delivering his trademark... More>>
Butter
, October 03, 2012
Broad-stereotype comedy is slathered in shameless bathos in Butter, Jim Field Smith’s tale of a heated Iowa butter-carving competition... More>>
Fat Kid Rules the World
, October 03, 2012
Nathan Rabin of the A.V. Club coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” to describe a female character whose story function is to... More>>
Pitch Perfect
, October 03, 2012
As Pitch Perfect opens, its lead group of lady nerds, the Bellas, botch their lackluster performance at an a capella championship with neurotic... More>>
The Self-Limited Vision of Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights
Brooding in perspective
, October 03, 2012
English filmmaker Andrea Arnold's atypical, impressionistic approach to Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights is her adaptation's main hook. As... More>>
Frankenweenie Awakens the Pleasures of Reanimation Frankenweenie
The Tim Burton you liked is back
, October 03, 2012
Ever since Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton has mostly been in the adaptation business, rendering dark and becurlicued Sleepy Hollows, Alice in... More>>
Wuthering Heights: Black Like Me Wuthering Heights: Black Like Me
Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Brontë braves lines of color
, October 03, 2012
British filmmaker Andrea Arnold's remarkable new adaptation of Wuthering Heights comes packing some redoubtable weapons, including the most... More>>
Two October Film Series Take on Life in the Last Days Two October Film Series Take on Life in the Last Days
Get your tickets for the end-times
, October 03, 2012
The Mayan apocalypse isn't forecast to hit until December 21, 2012, so BAM's four-day, five-film apocalypse movie retrospective might seem... More>>
V/H/S V/H/S
, October 03, 2012
In the faux-found-footage horror anthology V/H/S (containing material directed by Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Ti West, and others), a crew of... More>>
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
, October 03, 2012
Collapsing the expansiveness of book characters into quickly understood film characters involves trade-offs and compromises, kind of like... More>>
In My Mother's Arms In My Mother's Arms
, October 03, 2012
Focusing on a makeshift orphanage for 32 young boys in Baghdad whose parents have died since America blessed their country with freedom and... More>>
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