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The Immigrant Feels Classical But Also Breathes The Immigrant Feels Classical But Also Breathes
Visitor From Another Time
, May 14, 2014
In 2014, any filmmaker who has a feel, and a flair, for romantic melodrama is doomed, and just one recent example from the world of blockbusters... More>>
'From Mae West to Punk: The Bowery on Film' Is a Don't-Miss Series 'From Mae West to Punk: The Bowery on Film' Is a Don't-Miss Series
This anthology plumbs Bowery history.
, May 14, 2014
In 1897, three years after its founding, the Edison Studios immortalized a Lower East Side vaudeville routine called the "Bowery Waltz": A... More>>
Cannes Report: Grace of Monaco at Least Has Clothes Cannes Report: Grace of Monaco at Least Has Clothes
, May 14, 2014
Greetings from Cannes! It’s an unwritten rule – maybe it should even be a written one – that no one who is lucky enough to come... More>>
Cannes Report: Timothy Spall Gives the Performance of His Career in Mr. Turner Cannes Report: Timothy Spall Gives the Performance of His Career in Mr. Turner
, May 14, 2014
If you’ve ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh’s quietly sensational Cannes competition entry Mr. Turner -- a biopic, of sorts,... More>>
Doc American Jesus Is a Concerned Examination Rather Than an Assault on Christian Belief Doc American Jesus Is a Concerned Examination Rather Than an Assault on Christian Belief
Believin' in the U.S.A.
, May 14, 2014
How's this for ambition? In American Jesus, director Aram Garriga endeavors to survey most of contemporary U.S. Christianity, in both its... More>>
Cannes Report: Euro Men Can Dress! Plus: Damian Szifron's Standout Wild Tales Cannes Report: Euro Men Can Dress! Plus: Damian Szifron's Standout Wild Tales
, May 14, 2014
Cannes, on festival weekends, is wild: Every night is busy on the Croisette, the long boulevard that winds along the shore and past the Palais... More>>
Cannes Report: In Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum Gives What Must Be One of the Year's Best Performances Cannes Report: In Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum Gives What Must Be One of the Year's Best Performances
, May 14, 2014
If all of Cannes isn't it love with Channing Tatum right now, it should be. During the photo-call for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher on Monday... More>>
Don Peyote Should Remember Nobody Likes to Listen to Someone Ramble While High Don Peyote Should Remember Nobody Likes to Listen to Someone Ramble While High
, May 14, 2014
Here are some things that happen in Don Peyote: A badly animated CG tidal wave engulfs downtown Manhattan. Anne Hathaway performs martial arts in... More>>
Cyber-Seniors Will Make You Want to Accept That Friend Request from Grandma Cyber-Seniors Will Make You Want to Accept That Friend Request from Grandma
, May 14, 2014
Advancing global communication has been a mantra of the social media age, but with technology blitzing forward so rapidly, many older citizens... More>>
Aaron Yeger's Roma Doc A People Uncounted Merges the Old World with the Contemporary Aaron Yeger's Roma Doc A People Uncounted Merges the Old World with the Contemporary
, May 14, 2014
The people of director Aaron Yeger's documentary A People Uncounted are the Roma, more commonly known as Gypsies, a diasporic ethnic group whose... More>>
Dr. Strangelove: The Most Viciously Anti-Patriarchal Film Ever Made in Hollywood Dr. Strangelove: The Most Viciously Anti-Patriarchal Film Ever Made in Hollywood
, May 14, 2014
Essential postwar American cinema, Hope-Crosby-style mirror image of Fail-Safe, Rabelaisian Cold War slapstick -- Stanley Kubrick's first... More>>
Re-Enactors Get Their Own Sweet Family Movie with The Discoverers Re-Enactors Get Their Own Sweet Family Movie with The Discoverers
, May 14, 2014
In his debut feature, Justin Schwarz is clearly drawing from the same bag of tricks as many of his indie comedy predecessors, but he's refining... More>>
Unbearable Tedium, Then Violence In Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Unbearable Tedium, Then Violence In Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?
, May 14, 2014
Kurt Raab, the hero of 1970's Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (screening as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Fassbinder: Romantic... More>>
A Short History of Decay Triumphs Over Its Pretensions A Short History of Decay Triumphs Over Its Pretensions
, May 14, 2014
A Short History of Decay puts its worst foot forward, as protagonist Nathan (Bryan Greenberg)'s girlfriend, Erika (Emmanuelle Chriqui), breaks up... More>>
Half of a Yellow Sun Strikes a Balance Between Drama and History Half of a Yellow Sun Strikes a Balance Between Drama and History
, May 14, 2014
Setting your romantic epic against a historical backdrop is a risky proposition: Lend too much weight to actual events (especially those as... More>>
Wolf Creek 2 Offers More of the Same Casual Brutality Wolf Creek 2 Offers More of the Same Casual Brutality
, May 14, 2014
To surpass the original, sequels must avoid repeating events and themes covered in the original. This is easier with certain genres, like action... More>>
How Four Moroccan Friends Were Drawn in by Islamic Fundamentalists In Horses of God How Four Moroccan Friends Were Drawn in by Islamic Fundamentalists In Horses of God
, May 14, 2014
Two matched scenes set 10 years apart depicting soccer games among Moroccan slum kids, both climaxing in violence, illustrate the unchanging... More>>
Cold Bloom Portrays the Emotional Weight of a People in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Disaster Cold Bloom Portrays the Emotional Weight of a People in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Disaster
, May 14, 2014
On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a tsunami and the worst earthquake in its recorded history. Filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi soon made two... More>>
Ai Weiwei: The Fake CaseIs a Wandering Doc on the Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei: The Fake CaseIs a Wandering Doc on the Chinese Dissident
, May 14, 2014
Notably paradoxical, Andreas Johnsen's documentary Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case manages to be both pointed and wandering throughout. The latest doc... More>>
Xavier Makes His Final Stop in Chinese Puzzle Xavier Makes His Final Stop in Chinese Puzzle
, May 14, 2014
As the American university industry makes study abroad programs all but mandatory and damn luxurious at that, it can be tempting to write off... More>>
Fed Up Rails Compellingly Against Big Sugar Fed Up Rails Compellingly Against Big Sugar
Rabbit, Take Those Kids' Trix
, May 07, 2014
"This is the first generation that is expected to live shorter lives than their parents," says Katie Couric, the narrator of Fed Up. It's an... More>>
Jason Baldwin and Atom Egoyan on Making Art of the West Memphis Three Jason Baldwin and Atom Egoyan on Making Art of the West Memphis Three
Paradise Hereafter
, May 07, 2014
Jason Baldwin had already been in prison for several years when his friend Mojo shook him awake at 2:30 one morning. "My first thought was, 'I... More>>
Moms' Night Out is a PG-rated Hangover That Argues Moms Shouldn't Have Nights Out Moms' Night Out is a PG-rated Hangover That Argues Moms Shouldn't Have Nights Out
, May 07, 2014
Outrageously enough, the moral of Moms' Night Out seems to be that moms should never get a night out. This Mother's Day weekend release is... More>>
Frat vs. Family Comedy Neighbors Won't Haze You Frat vs. Family Comedy Neighbors Won't Haze You
Worth Your Pledge
, May 07, 2014
Nicholas Stoller's hilarious Neighbors splashes into summer with the satisfying swish-plop-hooray of a winning beer pong serve, making the... More>>
Chereau's Queen Margot Returns and Still Stuns Chereau's Queen Margot Returns and Still Stuns
His Majesty
, May 07, 2014
The French film, opera, and theater director Patrice Chéreau, who died in this past October at age 68, once told an interviewer that he... More>>
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