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A New Nas Doc Looks Back on Illmatic A New Nas Doc Looks Back on Illmatic
, October 01, 2014
One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas's 1994 classic Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter... More>>
The Ebullient Clark Terry Perseveres in Keep On Keepin' On The Ebullient Clark Terry Perseveres in Keep On Keepin' On
, October 01, 2014
Seeing a living legend laid up in an oxygen tent shouldn't be fun. But in Alan Hicks’s doc Keep On Keepin’ On, it somehow is. Now in... More>>
Shouldn't a Movie Called Drive Hard be More Mad? Shouldn't a Movie Called Drive Hard be More Mad?
, October 01, 2014
First there was The Driver, then there was Drive Angry, and then there was Drive. Now there’s Drive Hard — because why not? Thomas... More>>
In Men, Women & Children, Jason Reitman Has a Sad About the Internet In Men, Women & Children, Jason Reitman Has a Sad About the Internet
, October 01, 2014
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection,... More>>
Fishing Without Nets Examines a Hijacking from the Somali Pirates' POV Fishing Without Nets Examines a Hijacking from the Somali Pirates' POV
, October 01, 2014
Perhaps the most frightening thing about blockbuster thrillers and action films is their purposeful lack of empathy, their reliance on faceless... More>>
The Supreme Price Honors the Struggles of Nigerian Women The Supreme Price Honors the Struggles of Nigerian Women
, October 01, 2014
Hafsat Abiola was a student at Harvard when she learned that her father, Nigerian President-elect M.K.O. Abiola, was in prison. Moshood was a... More>>
Spoiler Alert! The Decent One Reveals Himmler Was a Bad Guy Spoiler Alert! The Decent One Reveals Himmler Was a Bad Guy
, October 01, 2014
That "Heini" was Margarete Himmler's pet name for Nazi husband Heinrich is the most memorable factoid in The Decent One, a biographical... More>>
Finding Out Your Husband is a Serial Killer in Stephen King's A Good Marriage Finding Out Your Husband is a Serial Killer in Stephen King's A Good Marriage
, October 01, 2014
Stephen King's body of work is formidable, and he's still churning out novels at an admirable pace, which makes this adaptation of A Good... More>>
Animated Kids' Movie The Hero of Color City Is a Perfectly Pleasant Pastiche of Other Movies Animated Kids' Movie The Hero of Color City Is a Perfectly Pleasant Pastiche of Other Movies
, October 01, 2014
Frank Gladstone's animated kids' movie The Hero of Color City is a perfectly pleasant pastiche of other movies, the most obvious antecedent being... More>>
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin Is a Circle-Jerk for Bitcoin Zealots The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin Is a Circle-Jerk for Bitcoin Zealots
, October 01, 2014
Who are bitcoins for? If you go by stereotype, it's narcissistic libertarians who see themselves as visionaries punished for their daring... More>>
The Liberator Offers an Elementary School Version of Simon Bolivar The Liberator Offers an Elementary School Version of Simon Bolivar
, October 01, 2014
To celebrate Simon Bolivar, Venezuela's answer to George Washington, is to mourn the death of a fanciful and impossible idea: the pan–Latin... More>>
The Exquisitely Beautiful Copenhagen Casts Love and a City in a New Light The Exquisitely Beautiful Copenhagen Casts Love and a City in a New Light
, October 01, 2014
A flighty Peter Pan meets his grounded Wendy in Copenhagen, Mark Raso's tender romance about the sliding scale of maturity. William (Gethin... More>>
Chinese Hit Breakup Buddies Is a Tone-Deaf Comedy Chinese Hit Breakup Buddies Is a Tone-Deaf Comedy
, October 01, 2014
Just by averting his eyes while muttering "Mr. Cock Boom," Chinese comedian Huang Bo justifies his status as a record-breaking mega-star in... More>>
The Culture High Reminds Us The Enemy Isn't Cartels It's Prohibition The Culture High Reminds Us The Enemy Isn't Cartels It's Prohibition
, October 01, 2014
The archival footage of Richard Nixon in Brett Harvey’s The Culture High, starring Snoop Dogg and Ronald Reagan, is a reminder in this... More>>
Cliches and Steretypes Define Everyone in the Rom Com The Little Tin Man Cliches and Steretypes Define Everyone in the Rom Com The Little Tin Man
, October 01, 2014
Ironically, clichés and stereotypes define everyone in romantic comedy The Little Tin Man except Herman (Aaron Beelner), a little person... More>>
Inner Demons Produces a Cocktail of Drugs, Demons and Reality TV Inner Demons Produces a Cocktail of Drugs, Demons and Reality TV
, October 01, 2014
Demonic possession is a common metaphor for drug addiction, one that makes a monkey on the back look tame by comparison. So is it any surprise... More>>
Demonic Doll Movie Annabelle Is Surprisingly Unnerving Demonic Doll Movie Annabelle Is Surprisingly Unnerving
, October 01, 2014
Annabelle, an effective prequel to horror pastiche The Conjuring, surpasses its predecessor simply by virtue of occasionally being scary. Both... More>>
The Good Lie Tracks Sudanese Immigrants to America and Explores a Culture Clash The Good Lie Tracks Sudanese Immigrants to America and Explores a Culture Clash
, October 01, 2014
Trailers for The Good Lie make it appear that a Spunky Nice White Lady (Reese Witherspoon) takes under her wing a group of young Sudanese... More>>
Purgatorio Captures the Stories on the Mexican Side of the Border Purgatorio Captures the Stories on the Mexican Side of the Border
, October 01, 2014
“Draw a line on a piece of paper and it’s just a line,” says the dulcet-toned narrator of Rodrigo Reyes’s poetic,... More>>
The Subway's the Star in BAM's Transporting Retro The Subway's the Star in BAM's Transporting Retro
, September 24, 2014
The people ride in a hole in the ground," sing the three horny, hopped-up sailors as they ecstatically catalog the city's many marvels in "New... More>>
At 52, the New York Film Festival Hits a Crucial Balance At 52, the New York Film Festival Hits a Crucial Balance
, September 24, 2014
Seventeen days might seem like ample breathing room to take in all the tidily curated bounty of the 52nd New York Film Festival, but the... More>>
Andre Benjamin is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi Andre Benjamin is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi
, September 24, 2014
Groupie has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't "do"... More>>
NYFF: Heaven Knows What Is an Explosive Tour of Heroin and Homelessness in NYC NYFF: Heaven Knows What Is an Explosive Tour of Heroin and Homelessness in NYC
, September 24, 2014
Josh and Benny Safdie’s explosive Heaven Knows What opens with the faces of two young junkies—Harley (Arielle Holmes) and the hooded... More>>
NYFF: The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's Follow-Up to The Act of Killing, Is Equally Devastating NYFF: The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's Follow-Up to The Act of Killing, Is Equally Devastating
, September 24, 2014
After the astonishing unreality of The Act of Killing, in which perpetrators of Indonesia’s 1965-1966 genocide reenacted their crimes for... More>>
Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well-Acted -- and a Bit Too Slick Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well-Acted -- and a Bit Too Slick
, September 24, 2014
Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a... More>>
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