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The Wise Kids The Wise Kids
, March 14, 2012
The tight trio of Baptist teenagers at the center of Stephen Cone's empathic South Carolina–set second feature might fill its days with... More>>
Reuniting the Rubins Reuniting the Rubins
, March 14, 2012
Oy vey, Mumsy. Every time hapless widowed barrister Lenny Rubin (Timothy Spall) tries to embark on a relaxing sea cruise, his high-maintenance... More>>
Pray for Japan Pray for Japan
, March 14, 2012
"Most people would cry out in pain," says a Japanese man in director Stu Levy's documentary Pray for Japan. "Our people accept it." He isn't... More>>
Casa de Mi Padre Casa de Mi Padre
, March 14, 2012
Rogue comic Will Ferrell recently turned up on an Old Milwaukee commercial exclusively for the Davenport, Iowa, local market; the obvious next... More>>
The Visions of Nina Menkes The Visions of Nina Menkes
The waking dreams and persistent concerns of an uncompromising filmmaker
, March 07, 2012
Filmmaker Nina Menkes has made five features in the past three decades. All of them appropriate Hollywood genres—noir, horror,... More>>
An Unconventional Parenting Setup in the Highly Conventional Friends With Kids Friends With Kids
, March 07, 2012
In the opening scene of Friends With Kids, a conspicuously placed copy of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion on the bedside table of Jason (Adam... More>>
One-Take Wonder: Reality-Horror Gets a Questionable Upgrade in Silent House Silent House
, March 07, 2012
The foundations of Silent House are laid atop La Casa Muda, a nil-budget 2010 Uruguayan horror film that enjoyed an afterlife in international... More>>
Father and Son Scholars Grapple with Each Other and the Truth in Footnote Footnote
, March 07, 2012
In the first scene of Israel's Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Footnote, Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi)—a fortysomething Talmudic... More>>
Tim Riggins in Space: John Carter Can't Lose John Carter
, March 07, 2012
With expectations to match its obscenely huge budget (an estimated quarter of a billion dollars), this long-delayed adaptation of pulp meister... More>>
The Intimate Details of Japanese Life in "Extreme Private Ethos" The Intimate Details of Japanese Life in "Extreme Private Ethos"
, March 07, 2012
This palm-sized program of six films has a narrow focus: Japanese docs obsessing, for good or ill, on the emotional undulations of modern family... More>>
Attenberg Attenberg
, March 07, 2012
Athina Rachel Tsangari's disarming second feature—Greece's unsuccessful submission for a Best Foreign Oscar nomination one year after... More>>
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
, March 07, 2012
Directed by Marie Losier, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye chronicles Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle founder Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's... More>>
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
, March 07, 2012
The kind of benign, swooningly humanist crowd-pleaser Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) could make in his sleep (and by this... More>>
Jiro Dreams of Sushi Jiro Dreams of Sushi
, March 07, 2012
Tucked away in the basement of a Tokyo office building, in a drab corridor attached to a subway station, the restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro seats... More>>
Children of Paradise Children of Paradise
, March 07, 2012
What's left to be said about Marcel Carné's towering intimate epic of early 19th-century love and the lives of performers, often heralded... More>>
Sound of Noise Sound of Noise
, March 07, 2012
More an intriguing premise than a successful film, the Malmö-set Sound of Noise, about a group of "musical terrorists," quickly loses its... More>>
Good for Nothing Good for Nothing
, March 07, 2012
The traditional story of the domestication of the West—cultivated woman from back East comes to the frontier and civilizes the wild... More>>
Convento Convento
, March 07, 2012
A fertile portrait of the creative marriage between the organic and inorganic, Convento gazes reverentially at the mad-scientist designs of... More>>
Shakespeare High Shakespeare High
, March 07, 2012
If its presentation is not always as strong as its intentions, Shakespeare High is a reflection of its subjects—the California high... More>>
Apart Apart
, March 07, 2012
Sensitive kids Emily (Olesya Rulin) and Noah (Josh Danziger) grew up together in small-town Texas. They are bonded by a shared psychic curse,... More>>
The Decoy Bride The Decoy Bride
, March 07, 2012
Pernicious tripe suitable only for masochists and the intellectually disabled, Sheree Folkson's rom-com tracks the shenanigans endured by a... More>>
'This Is DCP': The Big Screen Test 'This Is DCP': The Big Screen Test
Film Forum explores the Digital Cinema Package
, February 29, 2012
First scenario: You go to the multiplex. The words "Presented in Sony 4K" sweep across the screen in pixie dust, but as the previews begin,... More>>
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax The Lorax
, February 29, 2012
A computer-animated 3-D tracing of Dr. Seuss's 1971 fable, The Lorax concerns a young resident of synthetic, plastic-coated suburb Thneed-Ville,... More>>
This Is Not a Film: The Filmmaker Who Isn't This Is Not a Film
There's a reason for the title of Jafar Panahi's urgent new movie
, February 29, 2012
In 2010, the internationally celebrated Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was arrested at his home. A neorealist who has been a vocal opponent of... More>>
Project X Project X
, February 29, 2012
“There’s a midget in the oven!” is about as inspired as the dialogue and set pieces get in this queasy-making entertainment... More>>
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