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A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Ceylan's Winter Sleep A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Ceylan's Winter Sleep
, December 17, 2014
Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri... More>>
The Night at the Museum Movies Are Better Than Critics Say The Night at the Museum Movies Are Better Than Critics Say
, December 17, 2014
Critics aren’t supposed to like the Night at the Museum movies. We’re supposed to see them out of duty and then write stuff like,... More>>
Da Vinci Hams for the Camera in Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D
, December 17, 2014
An actor (Peter Capaldi) plays Leonardo da Vinci, standing before exposed brick, intently hamming at a 3-D movie camera, spouting words set down... More>>
Family Drama Goodbye to All That Strikes One Note Family Drama Goodbye to All That Strikes One Note
, December 17, 2014
From the first moments of Goodbye to All That, when Otto Wall (Paul Schneider) is jogging past vibrant autumn foliage to the strains of a Haydn... More>>
A Small Section of the World Is Cinematic Espresso A Small Section of the World Is Cinematic Espresso
, December 17, 2014
Even without the careful framing and exquisite camerawork, Costa Rica is gorgeous. Green mountains and a wet climate produce sweeping panoramas... More>>
If You Don't, I Will Intelligently Portrays a Marriage in Crisis If You Don't, I Will Intelligently Portrays a Marriage in Crisis
, December 17, 2014
Perceptive and subtle almost to a fault, Sophie Fillières's If You Don't, I Will gingerly metes out insights against their dramatic... More>>
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>>
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