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Fresh Off the Boat Is Quietly Revolutionizing the Network Sitcom Fresh Off the Boat Is Quietly Revolutionizing the Network Sitcom
, February 04, 2015
(Heavy spoilers for the pilot; very light spoilers for the second and third episodes.) There's more than one way to start a revolution. You can... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: Jafar Panahi Tweaks Iran and Shariah Law in Taxi Berlin Film Festival: Jafar Panahi Tweaks Iran and Shariah Law in Taxi
, February 04, 2015
BERLIN — Riding from the Berlin-Tegel airport to my hotel on a crisp, sunny day last week, my cab passed the magnificent golden angel... More>>
Wicked Yet Nice, The Voices Offers Peak Ryan Reynolds Wicked Yet Nice, The Voices Offers Peak Ryan Reynolds
, February 04, 2015
The creators of The Voices, a sad comedy about a man and his talking cat, are aware that star Ryan Reynolds is an unusual leading man. At a... More>>
The Greats of Indie Black Cinema Are at Lincoln Center The Greats of Indie Black Cinema Are at Lincoln Center
, February 04, 2015
For nearly a century, New York City has been the place where this country's most significant independent-cinema movements have been born. The... More>>
A Crisply Restored Jamaica Inn Honors the Compelling Charles Laughton A Crisply Restored Jamaica Inn Honors the Compelling Charles Laughton
, February 04, 2015
In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson cuts the career of larger-than-life English actor Charles Laughton into conveniently... More>>
Ballet 422 Is a Stirring Portrait of Deep Focus in Creative Work Ballet 422 Is a Stirring Portrait of Deep Focus in Creative Work
, February 04, 2015
It seems as if, for every ten issue-oriented documentaries that essentially function as long-form magazine articles with images attached, we get... More>>
Jupiter Ascending is a Fascinating Mess, Grand and Gaudy Jupiter Ascending is a Fascinating Mess, Grand and Gaudy
, February 04, 2015
“You ready for another miserable video game?” I heard one critic crack to another as I settled in for Jupiter Ascending. “Maybe... More>>
The Wind (1928) Returns to the Big Screen at MOMA The Wind (1928) Returns to the Big Screen at MOMA
, February 04, 2015
It's peak Gish as MOMA's tribute series to Mary Lea Bandy — the late, longtime director of the museum's film department — gets to... More>>
Repetitive Thriller Enter the Dangerous Mind Has Too Many Rote Beats Per Minute Repetitive Thriller Enter the Dangerous Mind Has Too Many Rote Beats Per Minute
, February 04, 2015
As indicated by its title's weak quasi-pun, Enter the Dangerous Mind riffs on the ubiquitous musical form EDM (a/k/a electronic dance music) as... More>>
Matt Shepard Doc Recalls the Painful Blur After His 1998 Death Matt Shepard Doc Recalls the Painful Blur After His 1998 Death
, February 04, 2015
Michele Josue's debut documentary is a tribute to her friend Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student murdered in October 1998... More>>
1971 Tells the Gripping Story of Stealing FBI Documents Back Then 1971 Tells the Gripping Story of Stealing FBI Documents Back Then
, February 04, 2015
In the early 1970s, stealing secret government files didn't require malware wizardry. A handful of satellite FBI offices featured limited... More>>
In The Other Man, the Story of South Africa's Last White President In The Other Man, the Story of South Africa's Last White President
, February 04, 2015
There's an extraordinary old news clip in director Nicolas Rossier's documentary The Other Man: The wife of F.W. de Klerk, former president of... More>>
Old Turk: Web Pundit Cenk Uygur's Journey Chronicled in Mad as Hell Old Turk: Web Pundit Cenk Uygur's Journey Chronicled in Mad as Hell
, February 04, 2015
Exasperating internet pundit Cenk Uygur (pronounced Jenk YU-gur) has been self-documenting his unconventional career for years. In Mad as Hell,... More>>
An NGO of Thrill-Seekers in Haitian Earthquake Doc Call for Help An NGO of Thrill-Seekers in Haitian Earthquake Doc Call for Help
, February 04, 2015
After its catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Haiti was overrun by both official and unregistered NGOs. Lior Etziony and Michal Hanuka's documentary... More>>
On the Way to School Quietly Reveals the Heroic Journeys Kids Take to Get to Class On the Way to School Quietly Reveals the Heroic Journeys Kids Take to Get to Class
, February 04, 2015
It's not surprising to learn that in underdeveloped countries, kids whose parents are able to provide them with an education often have arduous... More>>
The Dearest Totem of Romance Writers Comes Alive in Love, Rosie The Dearest Totem of Romance Writers Comes Alive in Love, Rosie
, February 04, 2015
Updating My Best Friend's Wedding for the millennial set, director Christian Ditter's Love, Rosie casts a winsome Lily Collins in what might once... More>>
Rom-Com Lovesick Asks If Characters in All Rom-Coms are a Little Psycho Rom-Com Lovesick Asks If Characters in All Rom-Coms are a Little Psycho
, February 04, 2015
Luke Matheny takes his title literally in Lovesick, a romantic comedy in which falling in love triggers a psychotic reaction in his protagonist.... More>>
Jeff Bridges Struggles to Save Fantasy Flick Seventh Son Jeff Bridges Struggles to Save Fantasy Flick Seventh Son
, February 04, 2015
Jeff Bridges's abysmally campy performance may be the worst thing about disposable sword-and-sorcery fantasy Seventh Son, but it's also the only... More>>
In Boy Meets Girl, Growing Up Trans in the Small-Town South In Boy Meets Girl, Growing Up Trans in the Small-Town South
, February 04, 2015
What to make of Boy Meets Girl, writer-director Eric Schaeffer’s comic love triangle between young transgender woman Ricky (Michelle... More>>
Sundance: Eat Through L.A. With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold Sundance: Eat Through L.A. With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold
, January 28, 2015
Halfway through Laura Gabbert's documentary City of Gold, a salute to Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize–winning food critic's brother Mark... More>>
The Fifteen Sundance 2015 Films You Need to Know The Fifteen Sundance 2015 Films You Need to Know
, January 28, 2015
This year, Sundance started a week late to bypass Martin Luther King Day. Perhaps that's why buyers bid on films like sprinters racing after lost... More>>
Actually, Strange Magic Is the Best George Lucas Film in 25 Years Actually, Strange Magic Is the Best George Lucas Film in 25 Years
, January 28, 2015
It's hard to imagine that George Lucas has cared, much, about the fan-revolt he's faced since '97 or so, the year he thumbed CGI Colorforms all... More>>
Four Questions for That Angry Bro Who Says Fifty Shades is Just 'Porn for Soccer Moms' Four Questions for That Angry Bro Who Says Fifty Shades is Just 'Porn for Soccer Moms'
, January 28, 2015
Hi, angry-bro! I know it's upsetting when anything in this culture becomes wildly popular despite not being marketed to you. This weekend, during... More>>
In Black or White, the Race Drama Is Cartoonish In Black or White, the Race Drama Is Cartoonish
, January 28, 2015
There are few hard-and-fast rules in screenwriting, but here's one I think we can agree on: Something's gone wrong if your crowd-pleasing family... More>>
Can the Backstreet Boys Become Outspoken Men? Can the Backstreet Boys Become Outspoken Men?
, January 28, 2015
Let's leap back to 1994. Grunge and gangsta rap dominated MTV — music that claimed to be gritty and honest. Yet that year in Orlando, as... More>>
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