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New Black Voices Jolts the Big Screen with Black Life New Black Voices Jolts the Big Screen with Black Life
, March 25, 2015
"In the city, black people are producing modern forms of life," says influential scholar and historian Saidiya Hartman in Arthur Jafa's... More>>
While We're Young Is a Fearless, Annoyed Comedy About Getting Older While We're Young Is a Fearless, Annoyed Comedy About Getting Older
, March 25, 2015
When you're young, to be old — even just the 44 kind of old — is unimaginable. Yet no one who has ever turned 44, or 54 or 74, can... More>>
Superstar Michel Houellebecq Doesn't Mind Being Boxed In Superstar Michel Houellebecq Doesn't Mind Being Boxed In
, March 25, 2015
Michel Houellebecq is France's most famous contemporary writer, owing in no small part to controversy that he either stirs up or can't escape... More>>
Bay Area Noir Man From Reno Has Plenty of Twists Bay Area Noir Man From Reno Has Plenty of Twists
, March 25, 2015
When writer-director Dave Boyle was nineteen, he spent two years as a Mormon missionary in Australia. He mainly hung out with Japanese surf bums,... More>>
A Girl Like Her Tells an Up-to-the-Second Story of Bullying A Girl Like Her Tells an Up-to-the-Second Story of Bullying
, March 25, 2015
Amy S. Weber's heart-wrenching A Girl Like Her begins by solving one mystery while posing another. As teenager Jessica (Lexi Ainsworth) tries on... More>>
The Barber Is a Tawdry, Stylish Serial-Killer Flick The Barber Is a Tawdry, Stylish Serial-Killer Flick
, March 25, 2015
Veteran character actor Scott Glenn relishes the opportunity to sink his teeth into a rare lead role in this tawdry, if stylishly shot,... More>>
52 Tuesdays Is an Impressive Debut from Sophie Hyde 52 Tuesdays Is an Impressive Debut from Sophie Hyde
, March 25, 2015
The most distinctive detail about 52 Tuesdays — that it was filmed in bursts once a week over a year — is just one of this impressive... More>>
Tracers Is the Best Parkour-Based Action-Romance with Taylor Lautner You'll See All Year Tracers Is the Best Parkour-Based Action-Romance with Taylor Lautner You'll See All Year
, March 25, 2015
Bike-messenger boy meets girl, joins her NYC gang of parkour-ing thieves, and winds up in formulaic trouble in Daniel Benmayor's Tracers, a... More>>
The Dogs Out-Act the Humans in White God The Dogs Out-Act the Humans in White God
, March 25, 2015
The infamous stray dogs of Bucharest, Romania, numbered 60,000 in September 2013, the same month a pack stormed a playground and tore apart a... More>>
Larry Clark Reaches for Bigger Themes Than Teen Sex in Marfa Girl Larry Clark Reaches for Bigger Themes Than Teen Sex in Marfa Girl
, March 25, 2015
Made just on the cusp of his turning 70, photographer-filmmaker Larry Clark's latest reckless-youth provocation (see also: Kids, Bully, Ken Park)... More>>
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Star in the Misbegotten Adaptation Serena Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Star in the Misbegotten Adaptation Serena
, March 25, 2015
Beware the Serena who is too serene. The title character in novelist Ron Rash's backwoods gothic is a decisive, collected queen bee who rules... More>>
Musical Comedy Cupcakes Is Infused with Can-Do Optimism Musical Comedy Cupcakes Is Infused with Can-Do Optimism
, March 25, 2015
Eytan Fox loves Eurovision. The filmmaker known for tragic romances like Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble has made a sweet confection about an... More>>
The Star-Crossed Lovers of From Mayerling to Sarajevo Return to the Big Screen The Star-Crossed Lovers of From Mayerling to Sarajevo Return to the Big Screen
, March 25, 2015
Max Ophüls remains revered for his densely layered postwar sandcastles of love and irony, and as a result his international... More>>
The Penn Is Mightier, But The Gunman Is Strained The Penn Is Mightier, But The Gunman Is Strained
, March 18, 2015
In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He’s been in training to look this age for a long... More>>
Metalhead is a Stellar Tale of Growing Up Grim Metalhead is a Stellar Tale of Growing Up Grim
, March 18, 2015
As both a musical genre and a subculture, heavy metal has always lent itself to exaggerated depictions. It’s easy to dismiss any art form... More>>
In Danny Collins, Al Pacino Stares Down His Stardom In Danny Collins, Al Pacino Stares Down His Stardom
, March 18, 2015
Some years ago, I went to see Tom Jones perform. He sang all the hits, but I was unnerved by his new, walnut-brown goatee. It looked freshly... More>>
Viggo's Face is One of Jauja's Great Wonders Viggo's Face is One of Jauja's Great Wonders
, March 18, 2015
The close-up, ostensibly one of a filmmaker's most valuable tools, is now so overused that it's practically meaningless. Thanks to TV — and... More>>
In Hausner's Amour Fou, the End is Refreshingly Pragmatic In Hausner's Amour Fou, the End is Refreshingly Pragmatic
, March 18, 2015
Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny: What... More>>
The New Directors/New Films Series Offers the Year's Best The New Directors/New Films Series Offers the Year's Best
, March 18, 2015
More than a thousand feature films were released theatrically in New York City last year. New directors, new films: We've got plenty of those.... More>>
Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for 'Brain-Dead' Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for 'Brain-Dead'
One of its characters speaks for us all when he says, 'I knew you were dumb, but...'
, March 18, 2015
We're two films in to the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it's still unclear if the sequel’s director, three screenwriters, eight... More>>
Possession Thriller Ghoul Benefits from Subtle Scares Possession Thriller Ghoul Benefits from Subtle Scares
, March 18, 2015
The possession thriller Ghoul frames its fiction with fact: Weathered Ukrainian women relate stories of cannibalism from the Stalin-caused famine... More>>
Four Flies on Grey Velvet Explores the 'Why' in Murder Four Flies on Grey Velvet Explores the 'Why' in Murder
, March 18, 2015
Four Flies on Grey Velvet, the third and best film in horror maestro Dario Argento's thematically united "Animal Trilogy," stands apart from... More>>
Architecture Offers Clues to the Past in La Sapienza Architecture Offers Clues to the Past in La Sapienza
, March 18, 2015
In Eugène Green's La Sapienza, a refugee identifying as a member of the long-disappeared Chaldean nation remarks that eventually his... More>>
Horror-Romance Spring Dares to Be About People, Not Splatters Horror-Romance Spring Dares to Be About People, Not Splatters
, March 18, 2015
The suspense and pleasure of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's talking-and-tentacles horror romance Spring lies in discovering what shape the... More>>
Growing Up and Other Lies Offers Strained Male Bonding and Long Walks Growing Up and Other Lies Offers Strained Male Bonding and Long Walks
, March 18, 2015
Jake (Josh Lawson) kicks off a walk down the length of Manhattan with a declaration of defeat: He's heading back to the Midwest after a decade... More>>
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