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(Dis)Honesty Reminds Us That Our Pants Are Still on Fire (Dis)Honesty Reminds Us That Our Pants Are Still on Fire
, May 20, 2015
We humans like to believe certain things about ourselves: that we are good and honest people, for one. Sure, we might innocently add a few inches... More>>
Israeli Drama The Farewell Party Looks Empathetically at a Very Hard Choice Israeli Drama The Farewell Party Looks Empathetically at a Very Hard Choice
, May 20, 2015
Following a few residents of a retirement community in Jerusalem, the Israeli film The Farewell Party makes drama out of right-to-die politics... More>>
Crop-Diversity Doc Seeds of Time Might Save the World Crop-Diversity Doc Seeds of Time Might Save the World
, May 20, 2015
Scored with urgent, wordless sound, Sandy McLeod's documentary Seeds of Time follows conservationist Cary Fowler across the globe as he tries to... More>>
Bessie Explores the Loneliness of Being the Most Powerful Black Woman of an Era Bessie Explores the Loneliness of Being the Most Powerful Black Woman of an Era
, May 13, 2015
Blues legend Bessie Smith was arguably America's most powerful black woman during her heyday in the Twenties and Thirties. Her reign wasn't just... More>>
Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek Eats Hearts, and Mad Max Isn't Mad Enough Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek Eats Hearts, and Mad Max Isn't Mad Enough
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — “Je m’appelle Max.” Now that’s an opening line, so much better in French, and it’s just one... More>>
Dark Star Director Belinda Sallin on H.R. Giger's Last Days Dark Star Director Belinda Sallin on H.R. Giger's Last Days
, May 13, 2015
While H.R. Giger claimed not always to have known what inspired him, the seminal Swiss surrealist's vivid "biomechanical" paintings and... More>>
Amy, the Amy Winehouse Doc, Is a Rush of Joy and Grief Amy, the Amy Winehouse Doc, Is a Rush of Joy and Grief
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — The death of Amy Winehouse, in July 2011, at age 27, was the first great tragedy of 21st-century pop music, an event... More>>
Cannes: Todd Haynes's Carol Is a Marvel on a Pedestal Cannes: Todd Haynes's Carol Is a Marvel on a Pedestal
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — Saturday evening, as I sat in a rapidly filling theater — the Debussy, where many of the larger press screenings are... More>>
Cannes: Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs Is Grand, but Heelgate Is Not Cannes: Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs Is Grand, but Heelgate Is Not
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — On Tuesday, Cannes was buzzing about a report in the trade publication Screen that several women were turned away from... More>>
Cannes: Joe's Cemetery of Splendor Is Starting to Haunt Me Cannes: Joe's Cemetery of Splendor Is Starting to Haunt Me
, May 13, 2015
CANNES, France — When it was announced earlier this spring that Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul — who commonly goes by the... More>>
The Connection's Glorious Technique Can't Disguise Its Familiarity The Connection's Glorious Technique Can't Disguise Its Familiarity
, May 13, 2015
A movie about bringing down druglords that's actually mostly about movies, Cédric Jimenez's The Connection is stretched over driven-cop... More>>
Drone Drama Good Kill Examines the Way We Kill Now Drone Drama Good Kill Examines the Way We Kill Now
, May 13, 2015
Fictional movies that tackle topical subjects often have about them the fusty air of a civics lesson, as if we’re supposed to watch... More>>
Pitch Perfect 2 Strains to Hit the Same Notes Pitch Perfect 2 Strains to Hit the Same Notes
, May 13, 2015
Some people complain about sequels to beloved movies, while others welcome the possibility that a part deux might be even better than the first.... More>>
Septuagenarian Romance I'll See You in My Dreams Is Itself a Catch Septuagenarian Romance I'll See You in My Dreams Is Itself a Catch
There's life in movies yet.
, May 13, 2015
As a middle-aged woman, I rarely have a conversation with other middle-aged women in which the subject of movies "for us" fails to come up. As a... More>>
Anthology Series Examines How Close Film Can Get to Great Theater Anthology Series Examines How Close Film Can Get to Great Theater
'Downtown New York Theater: Behind the Scenes'
, May 13, 2015
Unless it's shot by a master over a series of performances, live theater typically dies on film. Staging and performance get flattened out,... More>>
Immersive Doc Dark Star Plunges Into the H.R. Giger's  Hellscapes Immersive Doc Dark Star Plunges Into the H.R. Giger's Hellscapes
, May 13, 2015
“This is the oldest skull I have,” the Swiss artist H.R. Giger says, showing off this prized possession the breezy way you might a... More>>
Tabloid Tale In the Name of My Daughter Is Curiously Flat Tabloid Tale In the Name of My Daughter Is Curiously Flat
, May 13, 2015
A colorful whirligig which twirls only sporadically, In the Name of My Daughter presents as a thriller about the Riviera casino wars of the... More>>
Slow West Is a Gorgeous Dada Western Slow West Is a Gorgeous Dada Western
Don't miss this movie from a promising new director.
, May 13, 2015
This stately, sparkling outlaws-on-the-range indie whatsit has a sturdy western story hook — a lovelorn teen schnook from Scotland (Kodi... More>>
One Cut, One Life Is a Stunning Doc of Living While Dying One Cut, One Life Is a Stunning Doc of Living While Dying
, May 13, 2015
Divided by season into nine sections, the documentary One Cut, One Life is as intuitive as its structure, as natural as the processes of dying... More>>
Audacious Indie Childless Lets a Great Cast Be Shallow in the Face of Death Audacious Indie Childless Lets a Great Cast Be Shallow in the Face of Death
, May 13, 2015
Grief unleashes self-centered bluster instead of contemplative sorrow in the talky drama Childless. Four relatives preparing to attend a funeral... More>>
Animals Is a Warm, Rare Film of Addicts in Love-Hate Animals Is a Warm, Rare Film of Addicts in Love-Hate
, May 13, 2015
David Dastmalchian will appear in this summer's new Marvel franchise Ant-Man, but Animals is probably way more important to him, considering he... More>>
Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning Can't Save Thriller Every Secret Thing Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning Can't Save Thriller Every Secret Thing
, May 13, 2015
“Some things are easier if you can sleep through them," sleepyhead Dakota Fanning tells Elizabeth Banks's weary detective in what probably... More>>
With Comic Beauty, L for Leisure Captures Nineties Grad-Student Holidays With Comic Beauty, L for Leisure Captures Nineties Grad-Student Holidays
, May 13, 2015
Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman's comic universe is a bizarre and beguiling place in which lines as incongruous as "[Soak] a tampon in vodka... More>>
Echoes of War Tries, Fails to Revive the Western Echoes of War Tries, Fails to Revive the Western
, May 13, 2015
However you view the western in American filmmaking — as a moth-eaten relic or an eternal form to be resurrected every few years —... More>>
Hip-Hop Musical Know How Attempts to Relieve Real-Life Trauma Hip-Hop Musical Know How Attempts to Relieve Real-Life Trauma
, May 13, 2015
Despite a handful of immediately upsetting sequences, DIY hip-hop musical Know How never coheres into a cathartic fictional account of its... More>>
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