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Dragon (Wu xia) Dragon (Wu xia)
, November 28, 2012
The roaring popular success of Peter Chan's Wu xia in China—renamed Dragon for export—is no mystery: It's an adept genre exercise... More>>
Love, Marilyn Love, Marilyn
, November 28, 2012
"Marilyn Monroe was an infinity of character and mystery that was impossible for me, or anyone else, to explore, because it was so vast. There is... More>>
What a Man What a Man
, November 28, 2012
If your main qualm with the steady stream of disposable romantic comedies is that they're products of Hollywood rather than Germany, then friend,... More>>
Life of Pi Is the Story of How Important Life of Pi Is Life of Pi
Tiger, tiger, pixels bright
, November 21, 2012
A stacked-deck theological inquiry filtered through a Titanic-by-way-of–Slumdog Millionaire narrative, Life of Pi manages occasional... More>>
The Trouble with Hitchcock Hitchcock
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
, November 21, 2012
Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the... More>>
Holiday Guide: Sacha Gervasi on Mr. and Mrs. Hitch Holiday Guide: Sacha Gervasi on Mr. and Mrs. Hitch
The Director of Anvil! seeks out the woman behind the Master of Suspense
, November 21, 2012
Beyond his droll persona and unparalleled legacy in cinema, Sir Alfred Hitchcock was also a man of mystery in keeping his personal life as... More>>
Path of Khan: Life of Pi Star Irrfan Khan Forges a Cross-Cultural Career Path of Khan: Life of Pi Star Irrfan Khan Forges a Cross-Cultural Career
, November 21, 2012
"I can't think of a more pathetic situation for an actor than to do a film and not connect to it," Irrfan Khan says. "And I pray to God that I... More>>
Boxing Cotillard: Rust and Bone Dismembers Cinema's Beauty of the Moment Rust and Bone
, November 21, 2012
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, one must have a heart of stone to watch Jacques Audiard's outrageous melodrama Rust and Bone without... More>>
Cartoonerus Hilarious: 'Chuck Amuck' at BAM 'Chuck Amuck'
You deserve two or three lumps of Chuck Jones
, November 21, 2012
An entire modernist canon encompassing Eliot and Beckett might be grouped under the heading "The Art of Futility," but where does this art find... More>>
The Central Park Five Reminds Us There Is No Singular New York The Central Park Five Reminds Us There Is No Singular New York
, November 21, 2012
The Central Park Five is a story about how the wrong story got told. Five black and Hispanic teenagers recount how they were unfairly collared... More>>
Adventures with Santa and Co. in Rise of the Guardians Rise of the Guardians
Jack Frost and the Secular Pantheon
, November 21, 2012
Unlike such vengeful, justice-dispensing figures as Jehovah and RoboCop, the traditional pantheon of made-up childhood gods are all carrot and no... More>>
Christ, It's Another Red Dawn Red Dawn
North Korea (and audiences) go home unhappy
, November 21, 2012
America has had its national traumas—its Antietams and Pearl Harbors and 9/11s—but what we haven't faced since the Battle of New... More>>
Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child
, November 21, 2012
When the powers behind the 2010 Tel Aviv production of Hanoch Levin's Holocaust opera The Child Dreams sought a designer, it seemed like plain... More>>
The Mystical Laws The Mystical Laws
, November 21, 2012
The Mystical Laws is an (un)holy mess, a religious tract masquerading as a paint-by-numbers hero's journey. It's the anime equivalent of one of... More>>
Seeds of Resiliency Seeds of Resiliency
, November 21, 2012
The seeds of resiliency, as defined by the strangely titled documentary Seeds of Resiliency, are composed of horrible circumstances best avoided.... More>>
The King The King
, November 21, 2012
Contemporary documentaries that focus on individuals rather than big political or social issues tend to be either heavy-handed smear jobs (even... More>>
Man at War Man at War
, November 21, 2012
A documentary about devout players of the World War II computer flight simulator IL-2 Sturmovik, the nimble, funny Man at War examines a video... More>>
The Central Park Five The Central Park Five
, November 21, 2012
Co-directed by Sarah Burns, her dad, Ken, and David McMahon, this documentary revives New York's fear of crime and race paranoia circa 1989 to... More>>
Lincoln: Good Spielberg's Bad Moments Lincoln: Good Spielberg's Bad Moments
What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?
, November 14, 2012
The first few minutes of Lincoln play out like a parody of the expectations of Steven Spielberg's detractors. The Great Emancipator rests like a... More>>
28 Hotel Rooms
, November 14, 2012
In its stripped-down, episodic approach—the film consists entirely of two lovers' hotel-room liaisons, with each encounter announced via an... More>>
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part II
, November 14, 2012
There's plenty of red glare in Twilight's last gleaming, emitting mainly from the peepers of Bella (Kristen Stewart), now 100 percent vampire, a... More>>
The Normals
, November 14, 2012
While much of The Normals is grindingly quirky, the mostly adequate Sundance comedy gets bleak enough in the end that its Catch-22–style... More>>
'The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film' 'The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film'
A beggar's banquet of Rolling Stones films
, November 14, 2012
"There's a sexual thing onstage between performer and audience," Mick Jagger, then 22, dryly observes in Charlie Is My Darling, Peter Whitehead's... More>>
The Opposite of Vanishing: 'Documentaries by Shôhei Imamura' The Opposite of Vanishing: 'Documentaries by Shôhei Imamura'
A filmmaker triumphs over mere fact and fiction
, November 14, 2012
The late Japanese New Wave mainstay Shôhei Imamura said he liked his movies messy, and usually that meant seeing through civilized... More>>
Those Who Prey: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Alex Gibney rages against the church's cover-up of abuse
, November 14, 2012
It's a good thing that documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is an ex-Catholic; it takes the rage of the disillusioned to so zealously rip the veil... More>>
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