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Even D.W. Griffith, the Monument Man, Couldn't Mask Ideology with Spectacle Even D.W. Griffith, the Monument Man, Couldn't Mask Ideology with Spectacle
Intolerance screens Tuesday, May 13 at Film Forum
, May 07, 2014
Getting a primped-up, digitally-restored one-night screening at Film Forum this Tuesday (May 13), D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) is all... More>>
Bring Me the Head of Han Solo Bring Me the Head of Han Solo
To save Han Solo, J.J. Abrams must kill Han Solo
, May 07, 2014
Harrison Ford has been a good soldier in the Star Wars. He did whatever was asked of him by his commanding officer, George Lucas, even when his... More>>
Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band Paints a Picture of the Tortured Artist Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band Paints a Picture of the Tortured Artist
, May 07, 2014
Scientists have speculated about Vincent van Gogh's psychotic episodes, like the one where he cut off his ear, and some believe his underlying... More>>
Farmland Is a Mildly Propagandistic Doc on Young Farmers Farmland Is a Mildly Propagandistic Doc on Young Farmers
, May 07, 2014
A fourth-generation poultry farmer in Georgia (one of six twentysomething agriculturalists flattered by this mildly propagandistic doc, "made... More>>
In God's Pocket, the Late Philip Seymour Hoffman Gives an Understated Performance of Workaday Melancholy In God's Pocket, the Late Philip Seymour Hoffman Gives an Understated Performance of Workaday Melancholy
, May 07, 2014
Literally funereal from its first scene, God's Pocket is a bit of site-specific miserablism brought to life by an ensemble whose every actor... More>>
The Delay (La demora), an Excellent Ibermedia Film The Delay (La demora), an Excellent Ibermedia Film
, May 07, 2014
The Ibermedia organization has helped arrange over 600 international coproductions involving film companies from its Central and South American... More>>
Stage Fright Is a Horror-Musical Hybrid That Feels Like Off-Brand Troma Stage Fright Is a Horror-Musical Hybrid That Feels Like Off-Brand Troma
, May 07, 2014
Nothing else in Stage Fright, a horror-musical hybrid that plays like a sleepy, off-brand Troma movie, is as good as Meat Loaf. A... More>>
The American Nurse Is a Documentary About Genuine Human Decency Without Kitsch The American Nurse Is a Documentary About Genuine Human Decency Without Kitsch
, May 07, 2014
With the form so often used to expose horrors, it's nice to see a documentary about genuine human decency without kitsch. Carolyn Jones's... More>>
Michael King's Documentary The Rescuers Visits the Sites of Tragedy Michael King's Documentary The Rescuers Visits the Sites of Tragedy
, May 07, 2014
Beautifully shot in gold and red, The Rescuers makes the aftermath of genocide look awfully attractive, and the slow-motion footage of massacre... More>>
Breastmilk Treats Human Breastfeeding with the Fascination and Wonder of an Animal Planet Special Breastmilk Treats Human Breastfeeding with the Fascination and Wonder of an Animal Planet Special
, May 07, 2014
Colleen is nine months pregnant and glowing. She cradles her stomach. Then the conversation turns to mothers who feed their babies formula, and... More>>
Patagonia-Produced DamNation Is a  Quick, Smart Doc on the Natural Havoc Dams Cause Patagonia-Produced DamNation Is a Quick, Smart Doc on the Natural Havoc Dams Cause
, May 07, 2014
B-corporations, or benefit corporations, operate on a for-profit basis that also considers society and the environment as essential parts of... More>>
Still I Strive is an Astonishing Documentary on Cambodian Orphans Still I Strive is an Astonishing Documentary on Cambodian Orphans
Adam Pfleghaar and A. Todd Smith elevate the picture to a level of emotional genius.
, May 07, 2014
Ranging in age from toddlers to preteens, the orphans of the National Action Culture Association in Phnom Penh train daily in traditional... More>>
A Love Triangle in the Rockies: Chapman Punches Above Its Featherweight Budget A Love Triangle in the Rockies: Chapman Punches Above Its Featherweight Budget
, May 07, 2014
Comparisons to Terrence Malick have become lazy critical shorthand for describing visual poetry, but writer-director Justin Owensby's... More>>
The Superb Sol LeWitt Documentary Charts the Work of the Late Artist The Superb Sol LeWitt Documentary Charts the Work of the Late Artist
, May 07, 2014
Chris Teerink's superb film documents the work of artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), whose legacy lies not only in past accomplishments, but in the... More>>
Amka and the Three Golden Rules, a Hushed Mongolian Drama Amka and the Three Golden Rules, a Hushed Mongolian Drama
, May 07, 2014
At first, the hushed Mongolian drama Amka and the Three Golden Rules is curiously uncomfortable to watch. It takes a few minutes to identify... More>>
Kids Today Deserve Better Than Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Kids Today Deserve Better Than Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
, May 07, 2014
The warning signs pile up early on in Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre's animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. There's that clunky, passive... More>>
Bullets vs. Broadway: The Woody Allen Musical, Sans Music, at Lincoln Center Bullets vs. Broadway: The Woody Allen Musical, Sans Music, at Lincoln Center
, April 30, 2014
Whatever you make of Woody Allen these days, and whatever you feel about the puffing-up process that swells a likable film into three hours of... More>>
Belle's Inspiration is Glorious -- the Movie, Not Quite Belle's Inspiration is Glorious -- the Movie, Not Quite
The painting was better.
, April 30, 2014
Although it's based on the true story of the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain and an enslaved African woman, Amma Asante's Belle's... More>>
Relish Mizoguchi's Heroines -- and Deep Empathy -- at MOMI Relish Mizoguchi's Heroines -- and Deep Empathy -- at MOMI
Queens of Modern Times
, April 30, 2014
In some danger of being overlooked in the press of history that reveres Yasujiro Ozu's rigorous constancy and Akira Kurosawa's noble pulp, Kenji... More>>
The Wooster Group's Rumstick Road Roars Back, Ephemeral But For All Time The Wooster Group's Rumstick Road Roars Back, Ephemeral But For All Time
In Search of Lost Art
, April 30, 2014
When an aspirant student of literature sets about learning the canon, the masterworks will be waiting. Indeed, they're always there, resting on... More>>
Documented's Vargas: The Culture Has Not Yet Shifted on Immigration Documented's Vargas: The Culture Has Not Yet Shifted on Immigration
, April 30, 2014
Jose Antonio Vargas has just bared his soul to an audience in Queens and now he is basking in the afterglow. A crowd of dozens lingers in the... More>>
Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music Honors the String Quartet Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music Honors the String Quartet
, April 30, 2014
It was Godard, I believe, who first fully honored the cinematic qualities of the string quartet; his 1983 film First Name: Carmen seized upon... More>>
NYC Is This Taxi Driver-Turned-Photographer's Studio in the Doc More Than the Rainbow NYC Is This Taxi Driver-Turned-Photographer's Studio in the Doc More Than the Rainbow
, April 30, 2014
Matt Weber has been a New Yorker his whole life, and a cab driver almost as long. In the 1970s, he began photographing the city, and his impulse... More>>
In Documented, a Reporter Outs Himself as "Illegal" In Documented, a Reporter Outs Himself as "Illegal"
, April 30, 2014
With "dreamers" — people brought illegally to the United States as children — the proponents of immigration reform have found a... More>>
Yes, the Ice Bleeds in Blood Glacier Yes, the Ice Bleeds in Blood Glacier
, April 30, 2014
Yes, the ice bleeds in this gory, goofy Austrian take on that most irresistible of horror setups: researchers versus hellmouthed mystery beasts... More>>
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