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The Latest Annie Doesn't Seem Interested in Children The Latest Annie Doesn't Seem Interested in Children
, December 17, 2014
Every version of Annie since the Broadway original has aimed younger and younger. John Huston's 1982 movie cut the child-confounding songs "We'd... More>>
Song of the Sea Is a Beautifully Rendered Children's Tale Song of the Sea Is a Beautifully Rendered Children's Tale
, December 17, 2014
Tomm Moore's touching Song of the Sea is not anime, but it shares elements with some of the best anime films of recent years, particularly Mamoru... More>>
You'll Surrender to Basilica-Building Doc Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation You'll Surrender to Basilica-Building Doc Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
, December 17, 2014
God is not in a hurry," we're told late in Stefan Haupt's Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation, a peaceful and gently stirring documentary that... More>>
Aging Actress Doc Life of an Actress Is a Timid and Slapdash Musical Aging Actress Doc Life of an Actress Is a Timid and Slapdash Musical
, December 17, 2014
Female thespians over 40 who aren’t named Meryl Streep seem to end up in one of three roles for the rest of their careers: the mom, the... More>>
Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones
, December 10, 2014
Despite its sumptuous displays of feudal opulence -- cavalries, silk gowns, all the naked female extras money can buy -- Netflix's Marco Polo... More>>
Ten Feel-Bad Christmas Movies to Cure You of Holiday Cheer Ten Feel-Bad Christmas Movies to Cure You of Holiday Cheer
, December 10, 2014
Just ask any grinch, grouch, or garden-variety depressive. They'll tell you that Christmas isn't only about togetherness, great gifts, and happy... More>>
Maidan Reveals a Ukrainian Uprising -- and the Crackdown Maidan Reveals a Ukrainian Uprising -- and the Crackdown
, December 10, 2014
Easily the most rigorous, vital, and powerful movie of 2014, Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan may be a perfect Bazinian cinema-machine — reality is... More>>
Moses Begins: Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murdering God Moses Begins: Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murdering God
, December 10, 2014
Flip open your Bibles to Numbers 12:3 to find the first inaccuracy in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings. “Now the man Moses was very... More>>
California Split is One of Many Altman Greats Hitting MOMA California Split is One of Many Altman Greats Hitting MOMA
, December 10, 2014
Among the familiar monuments, those attempts to capture entire cities and eras within single movies, there's a host of fascinating curios to be... More>>
Why We Need Comedy Why We Need Comedy
Chris Rock and Top Five make glorious sense in a city gone mad
, December 10, 2014
Whatever it is New Yorkers want out of life — and it's not even something we can precisely define ourselves — it was nowhere in... More>>
Paul Thomas Anderson Reclaims His Loose, Wiggy Side in Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson Reclaims His Loose, Wiggy Side in Inherent Vice
, December 10, 2014
Paul Thomas Anderson was making serious movies long before he started making "serious" movies, ponderous works of certified art like There Will... More>>
Teen Comedy Expelled Brings a Vine Star to the Big Screen Teen Comedy Expelled Brings a Vine Star to the Big Screen
, December 10, 2014
While it's almost enough that Alex Goyette's Expelled redeems its one-word title from memories of the polemical documentary where Ben Stein... More>>
Songs From the North Depicts North Korea in an Approachable Light Songs From the North Depicts North Korea in an Approachable Light
, December 10, 2014
In Songs From the North, the South Korean–born, U.S.-based filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo takes her camera to North Korea and, through a purposeful... More>>
After the Fall Is Sincere Malickian Character Study After the Fall Is Sincere Malickian Character Study
, December 10, 2014
The absurdly wrong poster for After the Fall — which shows Wes Bentley toting a gun in front of the American flag, a scar visible on his... More>>
Magician Might Be Orson Welles 101 but It's Still a Treat Magician Might Be Orson Welles 101 but It's Still a Treat
, December 10, 2014
If you're already at least a moderate fan of all-around rogue genius Orson Welles, you probably don't need Chuck Workman's documentary Magician:... More>>
Indie Drama Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Weirdly Doesn't Have Enough Dancing in It Indie Drama Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Weirdly Doesn't Have Enough Dancing in It
, December 10, 2014
Michael Minetti (Cheyenne Jackson) is tall, beautiful, bitter, and ripped. A former Broadway dancer, he now teaches ballroom dances to old women... More>>
Free the Nipple Encourages Egalitarianism Through Toplessness Free the Nipple Encourages Egalitarianism Through Toplessness
, December 10, 2014
Liv is lovely and 23, and she spends much of Free the Nipple topless, trying unsuccessfully to shake off the NYPD cops who repeatedly arrest her... More>>
Arab Spring Doc We are the Giant Is All Rah-Rah Without the Context Arab Spring Doc We are the Giant Is All Rah-Rah Without the Context
, December 10, 2014
Lazy pro-activist doc We Are the Giant tries so hard to get viewers to cheer on the recent Arab Spring uprising that it distressingly ignores the... More>>
Atom Egoyan's The Captive Boasts One Great Mystery: What Was the Director Thinking? Atom Egoyan's The Captive Boasts One Great Mystery: What Was the Director Thinking?
, December 10, 2014
Originally one of Canada's great formalist masters of squirrelly obsession, Atom Egoyan has lost his way since he appeared in the late '80s,... More>>
A Little Game Reduces All of Life to Iffy Inspirational Chess Metaphors A Little Game Reduces All of Life to Iffy Inspirational Chess Metaphors
, December 10, 2014
A Little Game is an OK children's movie that can only be appreciated by kids, who have not yet been callused by the awfulness of both chess... More>>
The Sex in Immoral Tales Is Spectacular, but the Perspective is Filthy The Sex in Immoral Tales Is Spectacular, but the Perspective is Filthy
, December 10, 2014
Your chances of enjoying Immoral Tales, an alternately amusing and unpleasant omnibus porn-comedy, increase exponentially if you treat the film... More>>
Kathleen Chalfant Breaks From Type in Isn't It Delicious Kathleen Chalfant Breaks From Type in Isn't It Delicious
, December 10, 2014
With her crisp diction and no-nonsense demeanor, Kathleen Chalfant is often cast as the voice of reason. She appears onscreen at pivotal moments,... More>>
Weep for the Mopey Finnish Architect of Theo's House, Who Calls New Buildings 'Stillborns' Weep for the Mopey Finnish Architect of Theo's House, Who Calls New Buildings 'Stillborns'
, December 10, 2014
Theo's House, a film by Finnish director Rax Rinnekangas, captures the moral reckoning of Theo (Hannu-Pekka Björkman), a beefy middle-aged... More>>
The Color of Time Is 85 Minutes of James Franco Having His Way With Another Lit Icon The Color of Time Is 85 Minutes of James Franco Having His Way With Another Lit Icon
, December 10, 2014
In his recent tear through an AP American Lit syllabus, James Franco has played poets Allen Ginsberg and Hart Crane and adapted William... More>>
Urgent Doc Do You Know What My Name Is? Examines the Toll of Alzheimer's Urgent Doc Do You Know What My Name Is? Examines the Toll of Alzheimer's
, December 10, 2014
A small, intimate film about a massive issue, the affecting doc Do You Know What My Name Is? is one of a growing number of movies (nonfiction and... More>>
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