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The Past -- and the Great Hou Hsiao-hsien -- Flourish at MOMI The Past -- and the Great Hou Hsiao-hsien -- Flourish at MOMI
, September 10, 2014
The filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien's entrancing Flowers of Shanghai (1998) unfolds in a revolving world. Its action occurs inside a brothel in the... More>>
How Kevin Smith Got Young Again How Kevin Smith Got Young Again
The indie veteran and podcast pro on Tusk -- and what will finally shut him up
, September 10, 2014
This summer, a prankster stole Kevin Smith's Twitter account and tweeted, "Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man."... More>>
Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Has the Year's Funniest Sex Scene Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Has the Year's Funniest Sex Scene
, September 10, 2014
The sex scene almost makes it worth sitting through Atlas Shrugged III, the last and least of the cheapjack adaptations of Ayn Rand's brick-thick... More>>
No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba! No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba!
, September 10, 2014
Married Women Over 30, here’s a pitch for a movie: My Dinner With Idris. You never thought it would happen to you, but one rainy night when... More>>
In the Unnerving Archaeology of a Woman, Septuagenarians Go Wonderfully Mad In the Unnerving Archaeology of a Woman, Septuagenarians Go Wonderfully Mad
, September 10, 2014
A dementia-stricken murder suspect isn't the freshest character to hang a thriller on, but Sharon Greytak's Archaeology of a Woman is a ... More>>
Honeymoon Makes Memorable Horror from Marrying the Unknown Honeymoon Makes Memorable Horror from Marrying the Unknown
, September 10, 2014
An elegant device powers many successful horror films: What if one's symbolic fears are realized in a highly literal fashion? Such a maneuver... More>>
Francophone Comedy My Old Lady Never Quite Makes Sense Francophone Comedy My Old Lady Never Quite Makes Sense
, September 10, 2014
My Old Lady sounds like a title from the days of screwball comedy, a genre in which director Israel Horovitz's adaptation of his own play might... More>>
The Man on Her Mind Has a Terminal Case of the Cutes The Man on Her Mind Has a Terminal Case of the Cutes
, September 10, 2014
Bruce Guthrie and Alan Hruska's The Man on Her Mind, adapted by Hruska from his 2012 British play, isn't stagy as much as stilted. The quartet of... More>>
In Born to Fly, Elizabeth Streb Conquers the World In Born to Fly, Elizabeth Streb Conquers the World
, September 10, 2014
The title's inexact, but it's catchier than the truth would be: Born to Strive and Leap and Scrape Up Against Flight. For some 40 years,... More>>
Sports Drama The Quitter Keeps Going and Getting Less Interesting Sports Drama The Quitter Keeps Going and Getting Less Interesting
, September 10, 2014
The Quitter's low-key approach to its well-trodden redemption arc — an ex-ballplayer (Matthew Bonifacio) turns his life around by reuniting... More>>
Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Tracks the Career of Harold Hayes, an Editor on the Vanguard Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Tracks the Career of Harold Hayes, an Editor on the Vanguard
, September 10, 2014
In 1962, Harold Hayes, managing editor at Esquire magazine, marched over to the cubical of junior editor John Berendt, announcing himself with... More>>
Take Me to the River Pairs Old-School Memphis Soul with a New Generation Take Me to the River Pairs Old-School Memphis Soul with a New Generation
, September 10, 2014
There's an earnest didacticism to Martin Shore's directorial debut, Take Me to the River, a film that initially comes off as a primer on the... More>>
The Despairing Stray Dogs Digs Into Each Moment of Life The Despairing Stray Dogs Digs Into Each Moment of Life
, September 10, 2014
As it played festivals in 2013, Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang billed his despairing Stray Dogs as his final feature-length movie. This may... More>>
Altina Tracks the Creator of Cat's Eye Glasses Across the Twentieth Century Altina Tracks the Creator of Cat's Eye Glasses Across the Twentieth Century
, September 10, 2014
Altina Schinasi, Jewish New York heiress of a tobacco fortune, lived almost the entire span of the 20th century. The documentary Altina —... More>>
Cuban Artist Doc Alumbrones Argues That Great Art Comes from Suffering Cuban Artist Doc Alumbrones Argues That Great Art Comes from Suffering
, September 10, 2014
Must artists be tortured to be inspired? Alumbrones, a documentary about Cuban artists, myopically presents Special Period-era Havana as a haven... More>>
Swearnet: The Movie Brags About Its Profanity But Still Sucks Swearnet: The Movie Brags About Its Profanity But Still Sucks
, September 10, 2014
To say that Canadian comedy hits rock bottom in this abhorrent meta-infomercial for a Funny or Die-like network boasting uncensored online... More>>
Robin Wright, as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mad Future in The Congress Robin Wright, as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mad Future in The Congress
A Princess Bride forever
, September 03, 2014
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to... More>>
Gorgeous Memphis Offers Only What Other Movies Cut Gorgeous Memphis Offers Only What Other Movies Cut
The notes they don't play
, September 03, 2014
Tim Sutton's Memphis plays like a vaunted director's greatest folly. That's a compliment. Here's a film of the moments — lyric and... More>>
Frontera Mines the Border Crisis Frontera Mines the Border Crisis
Border disorder
, September 03, 2014
Some movies seem to be put on this Earth just for actors. You look at the synopsis of a picture, and you think, "Well, it could be OK," but then... More>>
Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch is Wistful at Filmmaking, Too Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch is Wistful at Filmmaking, Too
The twee songwriter's directorial debut
, September 03, 2014
Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut has such a strong Jacques Demy influence that he might have called it The Young Girl of Glasgow. The Belle &... More>>
Dear White People Director Justin Simien on the Multiplicity of Black Experience Dear White People Director Justin Simien on the Multiplicity of Black Experience
The Fall 2014 Issue
, September 03, 2014
There's only one movie this fall—and probably this year, and maybe in the last five years—that strives to merge Spike Lee with Wes... More>>
Here are At Least 18 Movies You Should See This Fall Here are At Least 18 Movies You Should See This Fall
The Fall 2014 Issue
, September 03, 2014
Pocket your smartphones and close your laptops, New York. You live in the greatest filmgoing city in the world. (Settle down, Paris!) So there's... More>>
The New Amazon TV Pilots Ranked, from the Winsomely Promising to the Woefully Stupid The New Amazon TV Pilots Ranked, from the Winsomely Promising to the Woefully Stupid
Pity the bleary-eyed TV executive.
, September 03, 2014
If there’s a lesson to be gleaned from Amazon’s new TV gambit, which puts us regular Joe and Jane Schmoes in the sockless Gucci... More>>
There's Not Much Mystery in YA Adaptation Another Me There's Not Much Mystery in YA Adaptation Another Me
, September 03, 2014
There’s very little mystery in Isabel Coixet’s adaptation of Cathy MacPhail’s young-adult novel Another Me, a ghost story often... More>>
Remembering Joan Rivers' Only Film Directing Credit, 1978's Rabbit Test Remembering Joan Rivers' Only Film Directing Credit, 1978's Rabbit Test
, September 03, 2014
Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, causing genuine grief to fans and maybe some relief to the celebs she mocked so mercilessly, didn’t... More>>
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