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Searching for Sugar Man Searching for Sugar Man
, July 25, 2012
Fluid, open-ended documentaries that demand more of an audience than foregone assent or fleeting bouts of passive outrage are rare these days,... More>>
Klown Klown
, July 25, 2012
Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms. Based on his popular Danish TV... More>>
Sacrifice Sacrifice
, July 25, 2012
Switched-at-birth sagas don't come much more convoluted than Sacrifice, Chen Kaige's latest period piece epic, about a doctor named Cheng Ying... More>>
Nuit #1 Nuit #1
, July 25, 2012
First-time feature director Anne Émond’s Nuit #1 lingers on the combination of hunger and awkwardness that attends the best... More>>
Abendland Abendland
, July 25, 2012
A documentary composed of vignettes of Europe by night, shot as though through the eyes of some inquisitive, unobtrusive, silent ghost, Abendland... More>>
Falling Overnight Falling Overnight
, July 25, 2012
A lo-fi romantic drama that isn’t awash in self-pity or -aggrandizement, Conrad Jackson’s Falling Overnight is something of a rarity.... More>>
Deranged Deranged
, July 25, 2012
Writer-director Park Jung-woo's Deranged (a box-office smash in South Korea), is an updated twist on “nature's revenge” horror flicks... More>>
Takashi Miike's Epic Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Might Be His Best Film Yet Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
, July 18, 2012
The transformation might be complete: The crap-and-gore, genre-mincing Tasmanian devil of Asian pulp psychosis Takashi Miike we’ve come to... More>>
Self-Important, The Dark Knight Rises Feels Like Batman Forever The Dark Knight Rises
Why so serious?
, July 18, 2012
Christopher Nolan's ponderous, pontifical action movies are written less as screenplays than as operator's manuals, guiding an audience through... More>>
The Queen of Versailles: The Nouveau Crash The Queen of Versailles
Time-share royalty's time might be up
, July 18, 2012
"I don't want to give you lessons in self-denial and social responsibility," an art dealer tells her billionaire boy client in Don DeLillo's... More>>
James Murphy and Shut Up and Play the Hits Reflect on the End of LCD Soundsystem Shut Up and Play the Hits
, July 18, 2012
"When we started the band, suddenly we were, like, New York famous. We could get into anyplace, but you know—I was never recognized on a... More>>
The Ranging Gaze of Deborah Stratman's Experimental Films The Ranging Gaze of Deborah Stratman's Experimental Films
, July 18, 2012
Probing the elusive terrain where technology, disruptive phenomena, and the contradictory human impulses for order and chaos meet (and often... More>>
'Unaccompanied Minors' at MOMA: The Kids Are Unloosed 'Unaccompanied Minors' at MOMA: The Kids Are Unloosed
, July 18, 2012
Aside from being three of the best American movies in recent memory, Hugo, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Tree of Life share the central theme of... More>>
30 Beats 30 Beats
, July 18, 2012
It is a safe bet that 30 Beats, which was filmed in the summer of 2009 and boasts a distinctly mid-'90s "funky, sex-positive" vibe, is seeing a... More>>
Wagner's Dream Wagner's Dream
, July 18, 2012
Exhaustive to the point of being occasionally exhausting, Wagner's Dream charts the audacious efforts of opera director Robert Lepage to stage... More>>
The Well-Digger's Daughter The Well-Digger's Daughter
, July 18, 2012
In one of The Well-Digger's Daughter's most telling scenes, 18-year-old Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) spends several minutes on the... More>>
Yorgos Lanthimos on Alps, Greece, and the Travails of the Individual Yorgos Lanthimos on Alps, Greece, and the Travails of the Individual
, July 11, 2012
The Athens-born filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos specializes in existential dark comedies whose characters all hope to affect change in their lives but... More>>
Gene Kelly @ 100 Gene Kelly @ 100
The everyman dancer astonishes again
, July 11, 2012
Gliding through space on roller skates in It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Gene Kelly—the film's star, co-director, and... More>>
Gei Oni
, July 11, 2012
Jewish life in 19th century Palestine is depicted as alienating and arduous in Gei Oni, the romanticism-free story of a young mother named Fania... More>>
Ice Age: Continental Drift
, July 11, 2012
Geologic time might not register the mere decade that has elapsed since the first Ice Age movie, but in that interval, the animated-franchise... More>>
It's the Earth Not the Moon
, July 11, 2012
Talking about films, one often falls back onto that hackneyed, insufficient phrase "a sense of place" -- Gonçalo Tocha’s micro-epic... More>>
In Trishna, Michael Winterbottom Takes Hardy's Tess to Today's Mumbai In Trishna, Michael Winterbottom Takes Hardy's Tess to Today's Mumbai
Impressions of empire
, July 11, 2012
Michael Winterbottom is multitasking—like that's a surprise. He has made a dozen films in the past decade, as varied as the Steve... More>>
Alps: The Full Range Alps
Icy and barren, but above all human
, July 11, 2012
In a gymnasium, a clandestine four-person group meets to discuss its name. One member suggests "Alps," explaining: "The mountains of the Alps... More>>
'Universal 100': Better Than the Studio Tour 'Universal 100': Better Than the Studio Tour
The best of Universal's history hits Film Forum
, July 11, 2012
This is what you get when you retro a major Hollywood studio's centennial—a Mall of America–size grab bag of indulgences, leaving you... More>>
Red Lights: Skeptical Inquiry Red Lights
Rodrigo Cortés's thriller doesn't inspire faith
, July 11, 2012
Red Lights aspires to be a genre movie of ideas. Like a great number of films dealing with supernatural and extraterrestrial phenomena,... More>>
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