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Madrid, 1987 Madrid, 1987
, October 10, 2012
"Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare," wrote William Shakespeare, a point drawn forcefully home if you're locked inside a small... More>>
The Big Picture The Big Picture
, October 10, 2012
"You're as free as the wind," says Paul Exben (Romain Duris) to the son of a legal client to whom he has offered the choice of drug rehab or... More>>
Sinister Sinister
, October 10, 2012
In a neat bit of poaching, Sinister uses a premise borrowed from anti-horror pundits—the idea that some images can't be unseen once seen,... More>>
The Thieves The Thieves
, October 10, 2012
Easier to like than it is to follow, Choi Dong-hoon's glossy caper boasts all the pomp and cajolery of the true international blockbuster. It's... More>>
Special Forces Special Forces
, October 10, 2012
The Hans Gruber axiom states that an action film is only as good as its bad guy: dumb antagonist, dumb film. In Israeli actor Raz Degan, Special... More>>
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>>
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