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The Revenant The Revenant
, August 22, 2012
It's an axiom of commercial film that the more racist the bad guys are, the more awesome their deaths. But the unexpectedly reactionary The... More>>
The Victim The Victim
, August 22, 2012
If there's anything refreshing about The Victim, it's that it doesn't rely on the thriller cliché of rooting for the... More>>
Neighboring Sounds Neighboring Sounds
, August 22, 2012
A single, affluent block in the oceanfront city of Recife, Brazil, and its residents are the subject of Neighboring Sounds, writer-director... More>>
Wild Horse, Wild Ride Wild Horse, Wild Ride
, August 22, 2012
For George Gregory—one of nine participants in the Fort Worth, Texas, horse-training competition profiled in Wild Horse, Wild... More>>
Whitney Houston, Actress Whitney Houston, Actress
Surveying the great diva's checkered film career
, August 15, 2012
In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle—Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return to... More>>
Cosmopolis Limos Through the Mind of a Master of the Universe Cosmopolis
Twilight of a God
, August 15, 2012
Boyishly lean, with a brooding angularity that suggests both high maintenance and nefarious vacancy, Robert Pattinson has managed to fill the... More>>
Marjane Satrapi: There Is No 'Clash of Cultures' Marjane Satrapi: There Is No 'Clash of Cultures'
, August 15, 2012
“I have always been against this idea of the ‘clash of cultures,’” Marjane Satrapi says. “It’s the biggest... More>>
Sparkle
, August 15, 2012
Post-blaxploitation and pre-Dreamgirls, the original, funky, low-budget Sparkle from 1976 set its girl-group rise and fall in Harlem in 1958.... More>>
Fast-food Strip-search Drama Compliance Looks Hard at What Movies Usually Look At Fast-food Strip-search Drama Compliance Looks Hard at What Movies Usually Look At
You are implicated
, August 15, 2012
After its Sundance premiere, Compliance might be infamous as the film that inspired a woman to cry out "Rape is not entertainment!" However,... More>>
The 'Sunshine' Cult: Jeff Lieberman's Far-Reaching Rays at Anthology The 'Sunshine' Cult: Jeff Lieberman's Far-Reaching Rays at Anthology
, August 15, 2012
This weekend, the Anthology Film Archives screens prints of three of cult filmmaker Jeff Lieberman's trippy, no-budget horror films. All are... More>>
Exploitation Film: Compliance's Craig Zobel on Documenting Sexual Degradation—with Humanity Exploitation Film: Compliance's Craig Zobel on Documenting Sexual Degradation—with Humanity
, August 15, 2012
Like antidepressants, artificial sugars, Botox, and other miracle inventions of the past century, corporate culture became an omnipresent fact of... More>>
Disney’s Timothy Green Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers Disney’s Timothy Green Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers
Green but not good for you
, August 15, 2012
“It’s a hard world to be different in,” says Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) to her Pinterest/vision-board child Timothy (CJ... More>>
Old Masters: Film Forum Reclaims the Idols the French New Wave Smashed Old Masters: Film Forum Reclaims the Idols the French New Wave Smashed
, August 15, 2012
The popular idea of French cinema, if it reaches back further than Amélie, usually begins somewhere around Jean-Luc Godard and... More>>
The Awakening The Awakening
, August 15, 2012
A ghost story relies on the memory of trauma, and The Awakening has plenty, as it’s set in a slate-toned 1921, with the catastrophe of the... More>>
The Matchmaker The Matchmaker
, August 15, 2012
An old-fashioned Mediterranean coming-of-age story set in the young heart of the Levant, The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film... More>>
Death by China Death by China
, August 15, 2012
Reviving Cold War rhetoric of a militant communist power hell-bent on taking over the world, Peter Navarro’s Death by China, based on his... More>>
Chicken With Plums Chicken With Plums
, August 15, 2012
Narrated by Death himself, embodied by the archangel Azraël, Chicken With Plums is the second adaptation of comic book artist Marjane... More>>
Beloved Beloved
, August 15, 2012
Writer-director Christophe Honoré revisits the musical—the genre of his biggest stateside hit, Love Songs (2007)—in Beloved, a... More>>
ParaNorman ParaNorman
, August 15, 2012
Another handsome handcrafted charmer from Laika, the stop-motion shop that gave us Coraline, makes up for lacking its predecessor's delicacy by... More>>
Why Stop Now Why Stop Now
, August 15, 2012
Adapted by co-writer/director Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner from a 15-minute short film, Why Stop Now is an unbearable 90-minute trip with a trio... More>>
True Wolf True Wolf
, August 15, 2012
Sure to be denounced as pro-wolf propaganda, Rob Whitehair's profile of Montanan fosterers-cum-educators Bruce Weide and Pat Tucker clearly sides... More>>
Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection
, August 15, 2012
It's a little curious that the Chinese box office hit Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection, a martial arts historical epic, is being touted for its... More>>
Robot & Frank Robot & Frank
, August 15, 2012
A more hopeful reimagining of 2001's portrait of man-machine relations, Robot & Frank envisions a near future in which automated servants aid the... More>>
Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar
, August 15, 2012
A well-meaning amateur doc apparently shot with a camcorder and assembled on an old Mac with Final Cut Express, Hoffman’s home-movie-ish... More>>
The Expendables 2 The Expendables 2
, August 15, 2012
As befits a throwback to the righteous-kill, Reagan-era action movie, The Expendables 2 begins with most of the male population of a Third World... More>>
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