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In His Great Tabu, Miguel Gomes Offers More In His Great Tabu, Miguel Gomes Offers More
The Maximalist
, December 26, 2012
Perhaps in response to bombastic mainstream Hollywood, international auteurs often veer toward minimalism—quieter emotions, slower tempos,... More>>
Promised Land's Hard Sell Promised Land
For Matt Damon and company, the message is the message
, December 26, 2012
Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions—in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit... More>>
Tabu's Brilliant Look at Colonial Fantasy Tabu
Let's go native
, December 26, 2012
Tabu is one of those truly unique movies you can get tongue-tied just trying to describe: a tragic pop pastiche? A lyrical Old Hollywood... More>>
Madoka Magica Madoka Magica
, December 26, 2012
Early in the dazzling anime feature Madoka Magica, the first of a trilogy based on a popular Japanese TV series, bubbly schoolgirl Madoka Kaname... More>>
Allegiance Allegiance
, December 26, 2012
Without its topical pretext and overzealous patriotism, Allegiance would be just another generic action film. Set in 2004, writer/director... More>>
Parental Guidance Parental Guidance
, December 26, 2012
In much the same way that pig-romancing hill folk felt slandered by William Denison "Bill" McKinney's performance in Deliverance, the elderly... More>>
Quentin Tarantino Emerges with His Most Daring Film Yet Quentin Tarantino Emerges with His Most Daring Film Yet
Basterd makes good
, December 19, 2012
Quentin Tarantino has been Googling himself, and it's starting to become a problem. The filmmaker, whose eighth feature, Django Unchained, opens... More>>
Les Misérables Doesn't Dream Daringly Les Misérables
The Follies of 1832
, December 19, 2012
You can hear the people sing—really hear them—in the long-gestating screen version of that Broadway juggernaut Les Misérables.... More>>
Django Unchained Upends the Western Django Unchained
A history of violence
, December 19, 2012
Watching Django Unchained, it's easy to imagine that Quentin Tarantino had such a blast making his last picture, the ebullient Holocaust fantasia... More>>
Oscar Watch: A Great Year for Foreign Films (and a German Scandal!) Oscar Watch: A Great Year for Foreign Films (and a German Scandal!)
, December 19, 2012
How do you say “Oscar justice” in Romanian? It’s been a long time coming, but more than a decade into the extraordinary... More>>
Dabangg 2
, December 19, 2012
Dabangg 2, a Bollywood action film that's also sometimes a comedy, is mostly likable thanks to its creators' preference for lighthearted mugging... More>>
The 2012 Voice Film Critics' Poll The 2012 Voice Film Critics' Poll , December 19, 2012
Squeaking by with an Obama 2012–size victory margin, Paul Thomas Anderson's thrillingly strange The Master tops this year's Voice Film... More>>
The Thrilling Manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty
Darkness on the edge of town
, December 19, 2012
Just so you know, it's going to take a while," says the CIA officer to his newly arrived colleague at the start of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark... More>>
The Girl The Girl
, December 19, 2012
The initial grimness of David Riker's The Girl promises a plunge into narrative depression that, thankfully, dissipates with the arrival of the... More>>
Meet the Un-Exonerated in West of Memphis West of Memphis
A new doc achieves the impossible: freeing the West Memphis Three
, December 19, 2012
The murder of the children should be the most disturbing thing. The crime-scene photos of three young boys killed in 1993 in West Memphis,... More>>
The Cold War Drama Barbara Is One for the Ages Barbara
Doctors with borders
, December 19, 2012
A transfixing Cold War thriller set in the East Germany of 1980, Christian Petzold's superb Barbara is made even more vivid by its subtle overlay... More>>
The Impossible The Impossible
, December 19, 2012
When the words "true story" appear twice in a film's opening disclaimer, it's a guarantee that what follows will include at least one... More>>
Aquí y Allá Aquí y Allá
, December 19, 2012
You'll witness no border-crossing histrionics in writer-director Antonio Méndez Esparza's first feature, which translates as "Here and... More>>
American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness
, December 19, 2012
"We've traded our Declaration of Independence for dependence on corporations and our Bill of Rights for corporate rights," writer-director Patrea... More>>
The Top 10 Films of 2012 The Top 10 Films of 2012
The end of cinema? Hardly.
, December 19, 2012
More than ever, boiling this concluding year down to the 10 "best" movies feels both arbitrary and reductive. Ideally, I'd have 25 unnumbered... More>>
Not Fade Away Lays Bare David Chases's Rock and Roll Heart Not Fade Away
The Jersey Invasion
, December 19, 2012
Rock and roll proves the coming-of-age crucible in Not Fade Away, Sopranos creator David Chase's semiautobiographical feature debut of shaggy... More>>
On the Road Is Tamed at Last On the Road
Dharma Bummer
, December 19, 2012
Two sacred texts of the '50s proto-counterculture have escaped the rapacious machine of cinema adaptation for a half-century. One is J.D.... More>>
Seth Rogen Takes His Centrum Silver in The Guilt Trip The Guilt Trip
Modern prematurity
, December 19, 2012
Once comic actors reach a particular career stage, they often choose one of two paths: A) They stop being funny and start being all Hallmark... More>>
Dead in France Dead in France
, December 19, 2012
Dead in France seems sprung from the mind of a very young male—one who’s watched a lot of movies, hasn’t yet harvested an idea... More>>
Like Marriage, This Is 40 Is Long, Aimless, and Worth It This Is 40
Ring cycle
, December 19, 2012
Sadly, country songwriters stand as nearly the only entertainers in our popular culture who craft memorable art on the subject of marriage, the... More>>
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