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Girls, Season 4: Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up Girls, Season 4: Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up
, January 07, 2015
Among many other things, Girls has always been great satire, lampooning with scolding empathy the callowness, narcissism, and insufferableness of... More>>
Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start
, January 07, 2015
Without dropping spoilers right and left, how do I explain that I’m completely baffled by the Spierig Brothers’ retro-futuristic... More>>
It's All So Quiet Captures Loneliness Almost Too Well It's All So Quiet Captures Loneliness Almost Too Well
, January 07, 2015
The best you can say for toil is that it can fill up enough of a life that you don't have to spend your days thinking about the things you'd... More>>
Amata's Nigerian Morality Tale Black November Would Be Better Smaller Amata's Nigerian Morality Tale Black November Would Be Better Smaller
, January 07, 2015
Nigerian director Jeta Amata's Black November is at once passionate and cynical, a smash-up of tones that fits its story about a politicized,... More>>
The First Look Festival Offers Most Mercurial Films The First Look Festival Offers Most Mercurial Films
, January 07, 2015
Pornographic films now employ, with some regularity, a quadruple screen/angle effect, allowing viewers to choose which feed to look at. But it's... More>>
Best Thing in Taken 3: The Way Liam Neeson Says 'Bagels' Best Thing in Taken 3: The Way Liam Neeson Says 'Bagels'
Third installment is dumb, head-smacking fun -- except during the fights
, January 07, 2015
All you need to know about Taken 3 is that Liam Neeson survives an explosive car crash — twice. Director Olivier Megaton even rewinds the... More>>
Valley of Saints is a Marvel of Neorealism in Kashmir Valley of Saints is a Marvel of Neorealism in Kashmir
, January 07, 2015
The calm surface of Dal Lake hides a multitude of sins in the exquisite Valley of Saints, and director Musa Syeed captures its tranquil beauty... More>>
Something, Anything Is a Sure-Handed Portrait of a Woman's Attempt to Feel Alive Something, Anything Is a Sure-Handed Portrait of a Woman's Attempt to Feel Alive
, January 07, 2015
A perspicacious examining of intimate moments, Paul Harrill's Something, Anything artfully circumnavigates narrative expectations in the manner... More>>
18th-Century Period Piece Beloved Sisters Mixes the Pastoral and Sexually Playful 18th-Century Period Piece Beloved Sisters Mixes the Pastoral and Sexually Playful
, January 07, 2015
In a marvelously cheeky 1979 essay, the late, great Ellen Willis defined the difference between classical sex ("romantic, profound, serious...and... More>>
The Lecturing in Appalachia Drama The World Made Straight Drags It Down The Lecturing in Appalachia Drama The World Made Straight Drags It Down
, January 07, 2015
Do people in the Himalayas and Andes "live in the passive voice," as those in Appalachia do? That loaded question comes early in The World Made... More>>
Preservation Brings the Human-Hunting Genre Into the Modern World Preservation Brings the Human-Hunting Genre Into the Modern World
, January 07, 2015
Christopher Denham's Preservation is a violent yet agreeably goofy throwback to the survival-in-the-woods genre, with shades of Southern Comfort,... More>>
Movie About a Movie La Ultima Pelicula Is a Mordant Mayan Curio Movie About a Movie La Ultima Pelicula Is a Mordant Mayan Curio
, January 07, 2015
La Última Película is a remake, or perhaps a reimagining, of Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie, but its title translates more directly... More>>
Let's Kill Ward's Wife Is a Vacuous, Unfunny Black Comedy Let's Kill Ward's Wife Is a Vacuous, Unfunny Black Comedy
, January 07, 2015
Mean, emasculating, and overbearing, Ward's spouse Stacy is a cheap boardwalk caricature of an abusive wife lacking only hair rollers and a... More>>
Dark Summer Takes a Novel Approach to the Teen Horror Film Dark Summer Takes a Novel Approach to the Teen Horror Film
, January 07, 2015
In the teen horror film Dark Summer, screenwriter Mike Le delivers a novel way to keep a protagonist in a haunted house: Put him under house... More>>
Post-Holocaust, Farewell Herr Schwarz Asks Whether Jewishness is Taught or Inborn Post-Holocaust, Farewell Herr Schwarz Asks Whether Jewishness is Taught or Inborn
, January 07, 2015
Yael Reuveny is an Israeli living in Berlin. Her grandmother, Michla, was a Holocaust survivor from Vilnius who had arranged, after the war, to... More>>
A Most Violent Year Never Quite Summons Rough Old New York A Most Violent Year Never Quite Summons Rough Old New York
, December 31, 2014
The world needs fewer tasteful movies about distasteful things. It definitely doesn't need J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, in which Oscar... More>>
The Search for General Tso Breezes Through Chinese-American Cuisine The Search for General Tso Breezes Through Chinese-American Cuisine
, December 31, 2014
Though it does ultimately get around to relating the origin of the chicken dish named for the 18th-century Chinese general, most of The Search... More>>
Li'l Quinquin Paints Small-Town Milieu with as Much Humor as Violence Li'l Quinquin Paints Small-Town Milieu with as Much Humor as Violence
, December 31, 2014
Who would have guessed that Bruno Dumont, the divisive French filmmaker best known for oblique, rurally set dramas (including 1999's... More>>
Hong Kong War Drama The Taking of Tiger Mountain Boasts Spectacular Fight Scenes Hong Kong War Drama The Taking of Tiger Mountain Boasts Spectacular Fight Scenes
, December 31, 2014
While it sometimes feels stiff and overlong, Hong Kong war drama The Taking of Tiger Mountain, the latest from essential action director Tsui... More>>
The Woman in Black 2 Is a Flawed But Genuinely Creepy Ghost Story The Woman in Black 2 Is a Flawed But Genuinely Creepy Ghost Story
, December 31, 2014
Flawed but genuinely creepy ghost story The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is disappointing, but only because it comes close to greatness.... More>>
Ruiz's Epic Lines of Wellington is a Don't-Miss on Hulu Ruiz's Epic Lines of Wellington is a Don't-Miss on Hulu
Also: Ozu and Killer Shrews
, December 24, 2014
In this occasional column, Michael Atkinson tells about the best movies you can stream right now over the web. Act fast, because these movies... More>>
American Sniper Is a War-on-Terror Fantasy American Sniper Is a War-on-Terror Fantasy
Jingo Unchained
, December 24, 2014
In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) — an astoundingly talented marksman credited with over 160... More>>
Russia, a Whale, and a Way of Life Moulder in Leviathan Russia, a Whale, and a Way of Life Moulder in Leviathan
, December 24, 2014
Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That’s the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s somber, sturdily elegant... More>>
Unbroken Is More About Punishment Than Heroism Unbroken Is More About Punishment Than Heroism
, December 24, 2014
There's something curiously airless about director Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of real-life Olympian and WWII P.O.W. Louis Zamperini.... More>>
The Gambler is a Dressed-Up Genre Picture -- and a Good One The Gambler is a Dressed-Up Genre Picture -- and a Good One
, December 24, 2014
In Rupert Wyatt’s highball-cool reworking of Karel Reisz’s 1974 The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg does not play a cop, does not shoot bad... More>>
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