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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
, January 30, 2013
An obstructive, agitprop style detracts from the important, singularly American story buried in Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary, director... More>>
Koch: The No-Nonsense Loudmouth Gets a Doc Koch: The No-Nonsense Loudmouth Gets a Doc
, January 30, 2013
Love him or hate him, Ed Koch was New York in the 1980s, and Koch's bio account of his mayoral tenure offers almost equal measures of... More>>
Al Pacino Deserves Better Than Stand-Up Guys Al Pacino Deserves Better Than Stand-Up Guys
, January 30, 2013
Based on what Al Pacino suffers in Stand Up Guys and the identical humiliations visited upon Robert De Niro in Little Fockers, it seems that... More>>
As Luck Would Have It: By the Numbers As Luck Would Have It: By the Numbers
, January 30, 2013
Calming down some from his 2010 gonzo freak-out The Last Circus, Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia teams up with scribe Randy Feldman... More>>
Little Fugitive: An Adventure in Perception
, January 30, 2013
When most people think of 1950s kid actors, they think of Lassie and Ricky Nelson and The Mickey Mouse Club. You might not have heard of Richie... More>>
Girls Boy Alex Karpovsky Makes Good Girls Boy Alex Karpovsky Makes Good
In movies and on TV, the actor is only playing an asshole
, January 23, 2013
The Coffee Shop Restaurant in Union Square might be packed on this cold afternoon, but scanning the crowded bar it's hard to miss Alex Karpovsky... More>>
John Dies at the End
Spoiler Alert
, January 23, 2013
Kids born in 1992 can buy beer now, and according to the usual timeline of nostalgia, this means that the fetishization of all things '90s is... More>>
What You Need to Know From Sundance What You Need to Know From Sundance
The fest's best are the films to watch in the year ahead.
, January 23, 2013
Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color -- a lyric reverie on loss, love, and various invasions of the body --... More>>
Resolution: Twisty Meta-Horror Done Right Resolution
, January 23, 2013
Putting The Cabin in the Woods to shame on a fraction of the budget, Resolution dispenses twisty meta-horror without sacrificing tension and... More>>
The Pirogue
, January 23, 2013
Opening with a highly ritualized Senegalese village wrestling match, The Pirogue immediately announces its intentions to ground its fictionalized... More>>
Mumbai Mirror
, January 23, 2013
An essentially conventional loose-cannon cop story made occasionally exciting thanks to some unexpectedly lurid narrative flourishes, Mumbai... More>>
Birders: The Central Park Effect
, January 23, 2013
A well-measured docu-character study, Birders: The Central Park Effect benefits from writer/director/producer Jeffrey Kimball's wise decision not... More>>
Movie 43 Will Be Passed Around Sixth Grade Classrooms for Years to Come Movie 43 Will Be Passed Around Sixth Grade Classrooms for Years to Come
, January 23, 2013
I saw an opening-day matinee of Movie 43 at a theater where they hadn't bothered to put the title on the marquee, with a sparse audience composed... More>>
A Closeted Doc Discovers the World in Yossi Yossi
Physician, heal thyself
, January 23, 2013
For the past two decades, Eytan Fox has been Israel's foremost chronicler of gay life—and the homoeroticized military—in the land of... More>>
The Remarkable Nana Scrapes Childhood of Sentiment Nana
The real girl
, January 23, 2013
Films in which little kids are the protagonists are often laden with heavy-handed sentimentality: Witness six-year-old Hushpuppy, the tiny sage... More>>
Werner Herzog Brings Happy People to Light Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Taiga burning bright
, January 23, 2013
Calling Happy People: A Year in the Taiga a Werner Herzog film is something like calling the dozen 2012 books with James Patterson's name on them... More>>
Parker: Rough Guide to a Rough Guy Parker: Rough Guide to a Rough Guy
, January 23, 2013
In George A. Romero's deeply silly 1993 Stephen King adaptation The Dark Half, Timothy Hutton stars as Thad Beaumont, a writer whose highbrow... More>>
Sundance 2013: America's Black Indie Film Renaissance Sundance 2013: America's Black Indie Film Renaissance
, January 23, 2013
You could hear a pin drop during the first Sundance screening of writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, an enormously powerful and moving... More>>
Stacie Passon's Superb Concussion Is Why We Have a Sundance in the First Place Stacie Passon's Superb Concussion Is Why We Have a Sundance in the First Place
, January 23, 2013
Sometimes, one film in a festival lineup can help to reveal another in sharper relief. To wit, one of the loveliest entries in Sundance 2013's... More>>
Supporting Characters: Personal and Professional Frissons, Sharply Etched Supporting Characters
, January 23, 2013
In Daniel Schechter's Supporting Characters, the non-featured players of the title are a pair of film editors whose behind-the-scenes... More>>
Knife Fight: Political Plots Ad Nauseum Knife Fight
, January 23, 2013
From its first moments, the wish-fulfillment political-campaign comedy Knife Fight serves as an accidental demonstration of the value of staying... More>>
The Taste of Money: Spoiler Alert! Cash Corrupts The Taste of Money
, January 23, 2013
In the kind of shocking development that used to send Charlton Heston shrieking into the streets, it turns out that—despite all the... More>>
Parker
, January 23, 2013
Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker—which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher. The protagonist of a series of thrillers by the... More>>
The Movies to Know From Sundance -- and the Year Ahead The Movies to Know From Sundance -- and the Year Ahead
Park City's Breakouts
, January 16, 2013
For the next 10 days, all Hollywood eyes—and those of many a filmgoer—will turn toward the frigid wilds of Park City, Utah,... More>>
The Selling of the Governator, 2013 The Selling of the Governator, 2013
Arnold returns—why?
, January 16, 2013
We're now a generation removed from Arnold Schwarzenegger's brief, odd reign as the biggest star in movies. This Coppertone age lasted from 1990,... More>>
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