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The Returned Is a Zombie Movie with Brains The Returned Is a Zombie Movie with Brains
, February 12, 2014
Welcome to the post-post-apocalypse, where the zombie virus has metastasized from horror-movie gross-out to full-blown sci-fi metaphor. In... More>>
Easy Money: Hard to Kill Is Accidentally Fascinating Easy Money: Hard to Kill Is Accidentally Fascinating
, February 12, 2014
Structurally ambitious but otherwise familiar, Easy Money: Hard to Kill frustrates as only untapped potential can. Helmed by Babak Najafi, this... More>>
Je t'aime je t'aime Returns to the Big Screen at Film Forum Je t'aime je t'aime Returns to the Big Screen at Film Forum
, February 12, 2014
It is a tragedy of human existence to be helplessly aware of time's passing, and to lose time during the act of longing for it. Something in this... More>>
Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, an Oddly Absorbing Procedural Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, an Oddly Absorbing Procedural
, February 12, 2014
Without the crutch of voiceover narration, directly conveying mental behaviors and particularly pathologies through cinema is a formidable... More>>
Beijing Love Story Believes in Love at First Sight Beijing Love Story Believes in Love at First Sight
Yet another romantic dramedy whose worldview is wholly informed by other movies
, February 12, 2014
Beijing Love Story believes in love at first sight. It also believes in grand declarations of that love and the idea that there's no scene that... More>>
No, Not Even Nudity Can Save the Lethargic Girl on a Bicycle No, Not Even Nudity Can Save the Lethargic Girl on a Bicycle
, February 12, 2014
Girl on a Bicycle is like Micki + Maude minus the outrage, complexity, or crack timing. In that 1984 Blake Edwards farce, a frazzled Dudley Moore... More>>
A Field in England Is a Grim and Hilarious Hallucination A Field in England Is a Grim and Hilarious Hallucination
, February 05, 2014
A grim and hilarious hallucination in monochrome, Ben Wheatley's small-budget historical freak-out A Field in England ticks madly between... More>>
The Lego Movie Embraces the Commercial and the Cynical The Lego Movie Embraces the Commercial and the Cynical
, February 05, 2014
Consider the Lego, the toy of contradiction. With one — well, with hundreds of them — you can build anything: houses, airplanes,... More>>
The Monuments Men Is Not Monumental The Monuments Men Is Not Monumental
, February 05, 2014
Art may not be more important than human lives. But on the list of things that mean something to human lives, across centuries, it ranks pretty... More>>
Violence Begets Violence in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear Violence Begets Violence in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
, February 05, 2014
The tendency of violence to beget more violence has been the concern of artists since long before Aeschylus wrote about Orestes, who killed his... More>>
Lino Brocka's Masterwork Manila in the Claws of Light Returns to the Big Screen Lino Brocka's Masterwork Manila in the Claws of Light Returns to the Big Screen
, February 05, 2014
Manila is a model of urban efficiency in the montage that begins director Lino Brocka's Manila in the Claws of Light. Shot in black-and-white,... More>>
Hell Hath No Fury: Women Take Brilliant Cinematic Revenge at BAM Hell Hath No Fury: Women Take Brilliant Cinematic Revenge at BAM
, February 05, 2014
Revenge is ladled up hot and cold by the inflamed distaff protagonists in BAMcinématek's "Vengeance Is Hers" series, yet another... More>>
The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them
The first Disney princess film to completely root itself in anything like the true feminine experience.
, February 05, 2014
How retrograde are many of the core tenets of the Disney princess? Consider this: My daughter owns a book called Snow White’s Secret, in... More>>
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Marzipan Monstrosity Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Marzipan Monstrosity
Wes Anderson's latest premieres at the Berlin Film Festival.
, February 05, 2014
Greetings from the 64th annual Berlin Film Festival, where it’s a surprisingly balmy 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). The... More>>
Vampire Academy Gets Teen Girls Right (Unlike Twilight) Vampire Academy Gets Teen Girls Right (Unlike Twilight)
, February 05, 2014
"Goodbye Facebook, goodbye iPhone — Hello Saint Vladimir's," groans drop-out Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) when she and her best friend,... More>>
Shia LaBeouf in Nymphomaniac: Indolently Sexy, Like a Lazy Panther Shia LaBeouf in Nymphomaniac: Indolently Sexy, Like a Lazy Panther
, February 05, 2014
The big news out of the Berlin Film Festival earlier today was that Shia LaBeouf, here to promote Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume 1,... More>>
Ballet Doc Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq Explores a Dancer's Life After Polio Ballet Doc Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq Explores a Dancer's Life After Polio
, February 05, 2014
When a dancer loses the use of her legs, is she still a dancer? That's the question implicitly asked and answered by Nancy Buirski's lithe... More>>
Demi-soeur Charts the Adventures of a Developmentally Disabled Senior Citizen Demi-soeur Charts the Adventures of a Developmentally Disabled Senior Citizen
, February 05, 2014
A misbegotten dramedy about the hijinks of the mentally handicapped, Demi-sœur charts the adventures of developmentally disabled senior... More>>
The Tiresome Cavemen Knows Nothing But Other Rom-Com Plots The Tiresome Cavemen Knows Nothing But Other Rom-Com Plots
, February 05, 2014
A screenwriter tries to fall in love in order to lend authenticity to his script about a man falling in love in Cavemen, a tiresome film that... More>>
In Mars at Sunrise, Reality and Context Are Left Behind In Mars at Sunrise, Reality and Context Are Left Behind
, February 05, 2014
Burdened with a preponderance of surrealist imagery, Jessica Habie's Mars at Sunrise merely concerns a painter, but it feels as if it were made... More>>
Jean-Luc Godard's Noir Alphaville Returns to the Big Screen Jean-Luc Godard's Noir Alphaville Returns to the Big Screen
, February 05, 2014
There is not a more intoxicating loading dose of uncut movieness available on New York screens at the moment than Jean-Luc Godard's famous... More>>
Paraguayan Thriller 7 Boxes Surges with High Spirits and Surprises Paraguayan Thriller 7 Boxes Surges with High Spirits and Surprises
, February 05, 2014
Marvelous footchases over, under, and through the stalls of a sprawling Asunción marketplace invigorate this twisty life-on-the-streets... More>>
Welcome to the Jungle is Satanically Bad Welcome to the Jungle is Satanically Bad
, February 05, 2014
When one of the principal actors in a film is a store-brand Seth Rogen actually playing a knock-off Seth Rogen type, you probably suspect that... More>>
Despite the Air Sex, Love & Air Sex Has Actual Depth Despite the Air Sex, Love & Air Sex Has Actual Depth
, February 05, 2014
Let's stipulate right at the top that air sex isn't a "thing." Appending the phrase "except in Austin, Texas," doesn't make it any less painfully... More>>
In The Pretty One, Zoe Kazan Holds It Together In The Pretty One, Zoe Kazan Holds It Together
, February 05, 2014
When a screen actor takes on the dual part of twins — a stunt that has played in diverse registers from parent-trap comedy to dead-ringers... More>>
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