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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>>
Laggies Gets Adult Loneliness -- and Cross-Generational Friendship Laggies Gets Adult Loneliness -- and Cross-Generational Friendship
, October 22, 2014
It’s an unwritten rule that we’re supposed to feel most in step with people our own age, as if sharing the same cultural and... More>>
Ostlund's First-Rate Force Majeure Dissects the Act of Manliness Ostlund's First-Rate Force Majeure Dissects the Act of Manliness
, October 22, 2014
Ruben Östlund makes films the way sociologists devise thought experiments: by posing a hypothesis and thinking fully through its... More>>
Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress
, October 22, 2014
Director Laura Poitras's Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you're watching.... More>>
The Anthology Pairs Up Cheap-O Horror with Its Creators' For-Hire Training Docs The Anthology Pairs Up Cheap-O Horror with Its Creators' For-Hire Training Docs
, October 22, 2014
Easily the most inspired film-geek retro idea to land in New York since Anthology's one-eyed-auteur series in 2009, this Halloween-angled suite... More>>
Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It
...and asks you to consider your relationship with Google.
, October 22, 2014
With the first two documentaries in her post–9-11 trilogy -- My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under American occupation, and The... More>>
Resnais's Life of Riley proves a smartly theatrical capper to a wondrous career Resnais's Life of Riley proves a smartly theatrical capper to a wondrous career
, October 22, 2014
The autumn passage of the New Wavers continues apace with this, the final film by the late great postmodernist, whose movies were always fraught... More>>
Jimmy Stewart and Vertigo are Hanging in There as the Best Movie Ever Jimmy Stewart and Vertigo are Hanging in There as the Best Movie Ever
, October 22, 2014
As with many masterpieces, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo yielded a mostly lukewarm reaction upon its May 1958 release. Variety dismissed it as... More>>
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Will Make You Cry Even If You Don't Remember Who Glen Campbell Is Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Will Make You Cry Even If You Don't Remember Who Glen Campbell Is
, October 22, 2014
Kids may not know "Wichita Lineman," and boomers may have forgotten his hot-shit 12-string flurries, but singer/songwriter/TV star Glen Campbell... More>>
Smart, Paranoid Thriller The Heart Machine Asks Whether We Can Ever Know Each Other Online Smart, Paranoid Thriller The Heart Machine Asks Whether We Can Ever Know Each Other Online
, October 22, 2014
Films about ultramodern technology tend to have an air of alarmism about them. Jason Reitman’s dismal Men, Women & Children seized the... More>>
The Great Juliette Binoche Never Quite Convinces in 1,000 Times Good Night The Great Juliette Binoche Never Quite Convinces in 1,000 Times Good Night
, October 22, 2014
A Canon camera and a silver wedding band — the coexistence of these two objects is the principal challenge in the life of decorated war... More>>
Crime Drama Revenge of the Green Dragons Won't Make You Forget Goodfellas Crime Drama Revenge of the Green Dragons Won't Make You Forget Goodfellas
, October 22, 2014
It's not that kind of story, one where everyone lives happily ever after," narrates the hero of Revenge of the Green Dragons, announcing the... More>>
Netflix Doc E-Team Showcases Human Rights Workers Fighting in the Field Netflix Doc E-Team Showcases Human Rights Workers Fighting in the Field
, October 22, 2014
Well-known both for its political activities and for its long-running film festival, Human Rights Watch becomes the subject of a documentary... More>>
Indie Drama Low Down Proves It's Hard to Be/Watch a Heroin-Addicted Jazz Dad Indie Drama Low Down Proves It's Hard to Be/Watch a Heroin-Addicted Jazz Dad
, October 22, 2014
Adapted from Amy-Jo Albany's memoir about growing up with her father, Joe, the jazz pianist best known for playing with Charlie Parker, Low Down... More>>
Shailene Woodley and Eva Green are Depressed in White Bird in a Blizzard Shailene Woodley and Eva Green are Depressed in White Bird in a Blizzard
, October 22, 2014
After a pair of characteristically way-out works (Smiley Face, Kaboom), New Queer Cinema provocateur Gregg Araki returns to the somber tenor of... More>>
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