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The Thriller Open Windows Loses Track of Its Star The Thriller Open Windows Loses Track of Its Star
, November 05, 2014
The new thriller from Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is visually dazzling, but the story starts off silly and ends up a... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on Why We're to Blame for Tabloid News Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on Why We're to Blame for Tabloid News
, October 29, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with... More>>
How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies
, October 29, 2014
This essay contains a spoiler or two for John Wick. There's too much violence in movies today -- too much of the wrong kind, though if you asked... More>>
Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge
, October 29, 2014
When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the... More>>
Braddock America Reveals a Steel Town's Afterlife Braddock America Reveals a Steel Town's Afterlife
, October 29, 2014
There's nothing new, exactly, in Gabriella Kessler and Jean-Loïc Portron's despairing but beautiful Braddock America, but the sad truths it... More>>
In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring is Second to a Nice American's Journey In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring is Second to a Nice American's Journey
, October 29, 2014
Can profundity be accidental? Marshall Curry's documentary Point and Shoot is a study in naifdom that seems to think it's about something else:... More>>
The Mekons are Still Here, Still Great -- and In a New Doc The Mekons are Still Here, Still Great -- and In a New Doc
, October 29, 2014
In Richard Lester’s 1965 Help!, two proper English matrons, dressed in balmacaans, gloves, and old-lady hats, wave to their neighbors,... More>>
Horns Lets Radcliffe Be Bad, But Not in a Good Way Horns Lets Radcliffe Be Bad, But Not in a Good Way
, October 29, 2014
Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive.... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster
, October 29, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a... More>>
With Goodbye to Language, Godard Has a Ball Poking Another Stick in Your Eye With Goodbye to Language, Godard Has a Ball Poking Another Stick in Your Eye
, October 29, 2014
The experience of being eluded by Jean-Luc Godard has its consolations, foremost among them the 83-year-old director's prerogative to elude. If a... More>>
The New Queer Cinema Burns on in BAM's Grand Jarman Retro The New Queer Cinema Burns on in BAM's Grand Jarman Retro
, October 29, 2014
Fire figures prominently in the passionate, furious films of Derek Jarman: the conflagrations that consume London streets in Jubilee (1978), the... More>>
Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect
, October 29, 2014
There’s so much space in Christopher Nolan’s nearly three-hour intergalactic extravaganza Interstellar that there’s almost no... More>>
Thriller Missionary Is a Taut Look at the Dark Side of Door-to-Door Evangelism Thriller Missionary Is a Taut Look at the Dark Side of Door-to-Door Evangelism
, October 29, 2014
Anthony DiBlasi’s taut look at the dark side of door-to-door evangelism starts off innocuously enough, but things go from The Tabernacles... More>>
Plot for Peace Is an Enthralling Doc About Preventing War Plot for Peace Is an Enthralling Doc About Preventing War
, October 29, 2014
A shadowy figure with a habit of making deals to line his own pockets inserts himself into global politics, helping to end wars and topple South... More>>
All You Need Is Love (and Money, and Basic Human Rights) All You Need Is Love (and Money, and Basic Human Rights)
, October 29, 2014
The documentary All You Need Is Love does a nice job of showing how, when it comes to children's lives, the ordinary is inescapable, even in... More>>
The Great Invisible Is a Stately Exploration of the BP Oil Spill The Great Invisible Is a Stately Exploration of the BP Oil Spill
, October 29, 2014
Margaret Brown's documentary The Great Invisible stands as a Very Important Film, and not just because of its impressive pedigree. Collectively,... More>>
Political Doc True Son Finds Reason to Be Upbeat, No Matter the Odds Against It Political Doc True Son Finds Reason to Be Upbeat, No Matter the Odds Against It
, October 29, 2014
How can it cost $100,000 to get to some 30,000 votes — in the poorest district of a town so broke its city hall got foreclosed on? That's... More>>
Its Simple Conceit Intact, ABCs of Death 2 Kills Its Simple Conceit Intact, ABCs of Death 2 Kills
, October 29, 2014
Like its predecessor, ABCs of Death 2 has a simple conceit: There's a short film about death for each letter of the alphabet, all by different... More>>
Polygamy in Bali: Power, Violence and Divorce Explored in Bitter Honey Polygamy in Bali: Power, Violence and Divorce Explored in Bitter Honey
, October 29, 2014
In the marital hierarchy of Indonesia, where polygamy is still legal and semi-regularly practiced, a man's second wife is known as his honey.... More>>
YA Adaptation Private Peaceful Tells a Tale of Two Brothers in World War I YA Adaptation Private Peaceful Tells a Tale of Two Brothers in World War I
, October 29, 2014
Two British privates named Peaceful fight side by side in the trenches of World War I, and both face the wrath of their superior officers in a... More>>
Hit by Lightning Is a Black Comedy Without Blackness or Comedy Hit by Lightning Is a Black Comedy Without Blackness or Comedy
, October 29, 2014
Maybe the most interesting thing about Hit by Lightning is that the only two women with speaking roles have separate, faintly unplaceable... More>>
Magical Universe Explores the World of Al Carbee, the Late Barbie Doll Photographer Magical Universe Explores the World of Al Carbee, the Late Barbie Doll Photographer
, October 29, 2014
At one point in filmmaker Jeremy Workman's optimistic documentary Magical Universe, artist Al Carbee hovers with his camera over a semicircle of... More>>
Step Into the World of the Hadza of Tanzania in Last of the First Step Into the World of the Hadza of Tanzania in Last of the First
, October 29, 2014
In Bill Benenson's brisk and didactic documentary The Hadza: Last of the First, one of the world's most ancient and traditionally self-sustaining... More>>
Blood Ransom Boasts That Its Vampires Live by Different Rules Blood Ransom Boasts That Its Vampires Live by Different Rules
, October 29, 2014
Blood Ransom often feels older than it is. Sure, many of the effects are CGI, but the film's setup hearkens back to when the properties of... More>>
Before I Go to Sleep Is a Tidily Constructed Potboiler Before I Go to Sleep Is a Tidily Constructed Potboiler
, October 29, 2014
Amnesiacs make terrific protagonists for psychological thrillers: You can tell them any old thing and they’ll buy it, and their... More>>
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