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In the Blood is a Grim, Formulaic Saga with a Bad-Ass Beauty In the Blood is a Grim, Formulaic Saga with a Bad-Ass Beauty
, April 02, 2014
The creators of In the Blood seem to hate the Caribbean, depicting it as a cesspool of slums, cockfights, corrupt cops, and ruthless killers --... More>>
Ilo Ilo Is a Pointillist Rendering of the 1990s Asian Economic Crisis Ilo Ilo Is a Pointillist Rendering of the 1990s Asian Economic Crisis
, April 02, 2014
In Ilo Ilo, director Anthony Chen depicts the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s in a decaying, claustrophobic world of temp job... More>>
Jim Jarmusch, in Film After Film, Reveals What Life Actually Is Jim Jarmusch, in Film After Film, Reveals What Life Actually Is
, April 02, 2014
Adam and Eve have been married for centuries. Over time, though, this pair of British vampires has drifted apart. Now she wanders Tangier by... More>>
Found-Footage Horror Flick Happy Camp Demands You Not Think About It Too Much Found-Footage Horror Flick Happy Camp Demands You Not Think About It Too Much
, April 02, 2014
Found-footage horror flick Happy Camp demands you not think about it too much. For example, everyone in it remembers little Dean Tanner, the... More>>
Dance Movie Flex Is Kings Is an Eye-Popper Dance Movie Flex Is Kings Is an Eye-Popper
, April 02, 2014
An eye-popper showing the old pop and lock brought to thrilling, disorienting extremes, Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols's Flex Is Kings... More>>
A Freed Slave with an Entrapped Heart in The Retrieval A Freed Slave with an Entrapped Heart in The Retrieval
, April 02, 2014
Films that deal with American slavery often focus on physical violence, projecting psychic scars onto slaves as a consequence of it. There are... More>>
A New York Heartbeat, Equal Parts Hardboiled Posturing and Starry-Eyed Schmaltz A New York Heartbeat, Equal Parts Hardboiled Posturing and Starry-Eyed Schmaltz
, April 02, 2014
A stilted period piece about a hood torn between his life of crime and the kind beauty with whom he falls in love, A New York Heartbeat is equal... More>>
Of Course There's Nothing Wrong with Red Hair but Being Ginger Can't Accept That Of Course There's Nothing Wrong with Red Hair but Being Ginger Can't Accept That
, April 02, 2014
How do you oppress a straight, white, able-bodied cisman? According to filmmaker Scott P. Harris, you give him red hair and send him to Scotland.... More>>
Murder in Paradise in The Galapagos Affair Murder in Paradise in The Galapagos Affair
First-Rate Doc Reveals Murder and Supermen in Paradise
, April 02, 2014
At first, before the murders, the story might sound like some nihilistic last-century tropical sitcom, what Sherwood Schwartz would have come up... More>>
Point for Rumsfeld: Errol Morris Tells Us He's Tired of Interviewing People Point for Rumsfeld: Errol Morris Tells Us He's Tired of Interviewing People
, April 02, 2014
"I've interviewed a lot of nasty characters over the years," says a cheerful Errol Morris over lunch on a bright Los Angeles day. "I'm a... More>>
Alien Abduction Is a Spirited, Uncommonly Effective Found-Footage Thriller Alien Abduction Is a Spirited, Uncommonly Effective Found-Footage Thriller
, April 02, 2014
Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title. Director Matty... More>>
The Comedy 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Isn't as Good as the Listicle Would Have Been The Comedy 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Isn't as Good as the Listicle Would Have Been
, April 02, 2014
I'll spare you a direct citation of the full list, but let's just say that the 10 central stipulations, which turn out to be guidelines for how... More>>
The Beat Diggin' Doc, Available On Demand, Honors the Continuity of Groove The Beat Diggin' Doc, Available On Demand, Honors the Continuity of Groove
, April 02, 2014
First released in 1997 and now streaming on VOD, director Jesper Jensen's documentary Beat Diggin' is ostensibly about the interlocked... More>>
Goodbye World's Two Story Tones Never Quite Mesh Goodbye World's Two Story Tones Never Quite Mesh
, April 02, 2014
Goodbye World director Denis Hennelly has acknowledged the influence of Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill on his own film, in which old college... More>>
Frankie and Alice is Lurid and Silly Frankie and Alice is Lurid and Silly
, April 02, 2014
Geoffrey Sax's Frankie & Alice comes with some warning signs: the words "based on true events," for starters, along with three credits for... More>>
Nymphomaniac: Volume II Rewards But Doesn't Reveal Nymphomaniac: Volume II Rewards But Doesn't Reveal
What We Get Out of It
, April 02, 2014
Our story resumes: Finding a love-like feeling for Jerôme (Shia LaBeouf), "restful domestic comfort" has, at the outset of Lars von... More>>
Watermark, a Beautiful and Wrenching Look at Man and Water Watermark, a Beautiful and Wrenching Look at Man and Water
, April 02, 2014
Watermark is a documentary filled with images both beautiful and wrenching, yet the film as a whole is a disappointment. In her Manufactured... More>>
Unseen Beauties: Stirring Life at BAM's New Voices in Black Cinema Unseen Beauties: Stirring Life at BAM's New Voices in Black Cinema
, March 26, 2014
'We dance on top of our history," intones East Village DJ August (Columbus Short) deep into Julius Onah's busy, vivid, grimly sparkling NYC-now... More>>
The Yankee Doodle Dynamo Fights Again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Yankee Doodle Dynamo Fights Again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This time, it's Captain Asskick goes to Washington
, March 26, 2014
Tucked into a pocket of his workout sweats, Steve Rogers -- aka Captain America, the serum-enhanced Yankee Doodle Dynamo who's spent the last six... More>>
In Mistaken for Strangers, a Familial Hanger-On Makes a Doc about The National In Mistaken for Strangers, a Familial Hanger-On Makes a Doc about The National
, March 26, 2014
In Mistaken for Strangers, filmmaker Tom Berninger uses brother Matt, lead singer of indie rock band The National, to feel better about himself.... More>>
Fast, Funny Dialogue Almost Saves the Ultimately Flat Blumenthal Fast, Funny Dialogue Almost Saves the Ultimately Flat Blumenthal
, March 26, 2014
Here's something you don't generally want to do when dealing with an actor as good as Brian Cox: begin the movie after his character has already... More>>
Amir Ramsis's Jews of Egypt Remembers a Golden Era Amir Ramsis's Jews of Egypt Remembers a Golden Era
, March 26, 2014
Part history lesson, part requiem, Amir Ramsis's documentary is a dense, often chilling work that manages, in 95 minutes, to devote equal screen... More>>
The Listless Refuge Holds Tightly Its Indie Virtues The Listless Refuge Holds Tightly Its Indie Virtues
, March 26, 2014
Jessica Goldberg's taciturn feature-length debut, adapted from her 2000 play, touts its small-scale indie virtues as if its life depended on it.... More>>
Finding Vivian Maier Is a Fascinating Tale of the Street Photographer Finding Vivian Maier Is a Fascinating Tale of the Street Photographer
, March 26, 2014
In 2009, after Chicago historian John Maloof published remarkable photos he'd bought at a storage facility's auction, mythology quickly developed... More>>
In the Flesh: Porn Noir: Film Noir Meets '70s Smut at Anthology Film Archives In the Flesh: Porn Noir: Film Noir Meets '70s Smut at Anthology Film Archives
, March 26, 2014
If you've ever wished more pornographers idolized Mickey Spillane, then get to Anthology Film Archives for Porn Noir, the latest in their In the... More>>
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