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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>>
A Short History of Cinema's Long Passing A Short History of Cinema's Long Passing
The sky keeps falling!
, November 14, 2012
That the American cinema is deader than Dillinger is a fact no right-thinking observer unwilling to be laughed out of the room would even think... More>>
Mostly Cloudy: Looking for David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook Silver Linings Playbook
, November 14, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper as a manic-depressive man-child attempting to get his life back together after a breakdown,... More>>
Anna Karenina, Now With Extra Artifice Anna Karenina
The play of the movie of the book
, November 14, 2012
Joe Wright's dust-blowing new adaptation of Anna Karenina faces a towering mountain of precedent: not only the greatest novel by the man Nabokov... More>>
Barrymore Barrymore
, November 14, 2012
Anyone even slightly versed in Hollywood lore and history knows that the scandals that make TMZ twitter are child's play compared with those of... More>>
Price Check Price Check
, November 14, 2012
At what point do the responsibilities of marriage and family supersede those of personal actualization and dream fulfillment? A lot of people... More>>
16 Acres 16 Acres
, November 14, 2012
Watching 16 Acres brings back a decade of Daily News headlines glanced while waiting at the bodega for your regular coffee—it's just that... More>>
La Rafle La Rafle
, November 14, 2012
A standard-issue mezzobrow Holocaust melodrama of the sort you'd have thought Roberto Benigni had assassinated, this popular French film centers... More>>
In the Family In the Family
, November 14, 2012
The confessional monologue central to In the Family is so engrossing—an emotional oasis in the middle of a legal deposition!—that it... More>>
Generation P Generation P
, November 14, 2012
Billed as "the first and only Russian film that poked sharp satire at the current Russian political system and the virtuality of its leaders,"... More>>
Hitler's Children Hitler's Children
, November 14, 2012
The title has its own legacy: Hitler's Children was first used for a 1943 RKO propaganda feature, then a biography of West Germany's... More>>
First Winter First Winter
, November 14, 2012
Nearly a third of the way through First Winter, the de facto leader of a cultish sex-and-yoga-fueled commune is confronted by a disgruntled... More>>
Buffalo Girls Buffalo Girls
, November 14, 2012
There's no underestimating man's beetle-browed jones to exploit anything and anyone small and weak for fun and profit, so perhaps it's no... More>>
Who Bombed Judi Bari? Who Bombed Judi Bari?
, November 14, 2012
'I'm weak and getting weaker," the late environmental activist Judi Bari says at the beginning of Who Bombed Judi Bari? Cancer, and not the car... More>>
The Law in These Parts The Law in These Parts
, November 14, 2012
Dialectical and precise to the point of exhaustion, The Law in These Parts applies a cold anger to one of the geopolitical world's most... More>>
, November 14, 2012
A deceptively modest, multifaceted look at performance and the performative nature of gender, Charles Atlas and Antony's film Turning intercuts... More>>
James Bond Is Ever Less Relevant—And Still Beloved. Why? James Bond Is Ever Less Relevant—And Still Beloved. Why?
Fifty years in, out of time
, November 07, 2012
Attention, Eon Productions, Daniel Craig, and Heineken: James Bond is not a beer drinker! Sure, I know. Getting all worked up about the new... More>>
Skyfall Lays Bare the Unknowable Spy Skyfall
License to feel
, November 07, 2012
If Hollywood's rut du jour is the origin story as bid for franchise immortality, you can't say that Skyfall—the 23rd "official" James Bond... More>>
Citadel Citadel
, November 07, 2012
Reportedly inspired by a violent mugging experienced by writer-director Ciarán Foy, this hopelessly muddled horror movie takes place in a... More>>
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