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Personal Struggles in a New Mexico Town Sensitively Depicted in Drunktown's Finest Personal Struggles in a New Mexico Town Sensitively Depicted in Drunktown's Finest
, February 18, 2015
In northwestern New Mexico, the city of Gallup has been nicknamed the “Heart of Indian Country” for its large, culturally significant... More>>
Cringe-Along Doc Kung Fu Elliot Surprises with Its Depth Cringe-Along Doc Kung Fu Elliot Surprises with Its Depth
, February 18, 2015
Documentary character study Kung Fu Elliot starts off as a cringe-humor portrait of a delusional would-be action star, but gradually transforms... More>>
I Just Watched Friends for the First Time on Netflix I Just Watched Friends for the First Time on Netflix
, February 11, 2015
In 2004, I worked at a bar in Kansas City’s River Market district. One night, a woman handed me her credit card to pay her tab; I looked at... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: In Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick Doesn't Even Get the Shoes Right Berlin Film Festival: In Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick Doesn't Even Get the Shoes Right
, February 11, 2015
The steps leading to the altar of Terrence Malick are practically a safety hazard, cluttered as they are with assorted offerings of frankincense... More>>
Interview With (Totally Lame) Vampires Interview With (Totally Lame) Vampires
Meet the comics behind biting vamp-com What We Do in the Shadows
, February 11, 2015
Ten years ago, Wellington, New Zealand, was less welcoming of vampires. When Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, two unknown comedians, walked the... More>>
Don't Watch That, Watch This: February 2015 Don't Watch That, Watch This: February 2015
A Rivette Great on Blu-ray, Plus Kinoshita's War-Era Films, and Civeyrac's Through the Forest Hits Hulu
, February 11, 2015
In the olden days, what month it was never mattered to movies. But today the late winter months are well-known as a weedy boneyard of... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss's Queen of Earth Reveals a Mind Unspooling Berlin Film Festival: Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss's Queen of Earth Reveals a Mind Unspooling
, February 11, 2015
The films that many Berlinale attendees were most looking forward to at the start of the festival, last week, are the ones that turned out to be... More>>
The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Its Source The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Its Source
, February 11, 2015
Here at last is peak Kendrick: In intimate long takes and in comic montage, she belts, hurts, swoons, and rages, always remaining appealingly... More>>
Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes Us as the Bad Guys Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes Us as the Bad Guys
, February 11, 2015
Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman is the best comic-book movie of the last few years. What's beyond... More>>
Lost Gods, Still Kicking: John Boorman's Best Storm Film Forum Lost Gods, Still Kicking: John Boorman's Best Storm Film Forum
, February 11, 2015
The most famous movies made by John Boorman are Point Blank, Deliverance, and Hope and Glory, three disparate, elegantly constructed pictures... More>>
In Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sex is Good, but the Comedy is Better In Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sex is Good, but the Comedy is Better
, February 11, 2015
Even fans of Fifty Shades of Grey admit the book is a literary atrocity. Novelist E.L. James's erotic reveries read like the rantings of a drunk... More>>
Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Can't Top Its Inspiration Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Can't Top Its Inspiration
, February 11, 2015
Spike Lee still summons miracles — but sometimes you gotta dig for them. I can't exactly recommend Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, his... More>>
Vampire Flick What We Do in the Shadows Is a Buoyant Little Bloodsucker Vampire Flick What We Do in the Shadows Is a Buoyant Little Bloodsucker
, February 11, 2015
Vampires, vampires everywhere, and not a drop to drink. One of the tragedies of the modern world is there's nowhere left to find regular old... More>>
White Rabbit Is the Latest from Director Tim McCann's Twisted Imagination White Rabbit Is the Latest from Director Tim McCann's Twisted Imagination
, February 11, 2015
Give Tim McCann credit for his twisted imagination: His see-it-to-believe-it 2005 cheapie Nowhere Man concerns a guy hunting for his own severed... More>>
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Is a Wrenching Israeli Divorce Drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Is a Wrenching Israeli Divorce Drama
, February 11, 2015
Wrenching Israeli divorce drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem's strict focus on courtroom sparring constantly threatens the film's fine... More>>
Zombie Feature Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Is a Promising Debut Zombie Feature Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Is a Promising Debut
, February 11, 2015
It's been a long apocalypse — who can blame you if you're zombied out? Yet Australian filmmakers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner remind us... More>>
In David Cross' Angry Satire Hits, Authenticity is Extinct In David Cross' Angry Satire Hits, Authenticity is Extinct
, February 11, 2015
As a young comic, David Cross plugged away at his stand-up for fourteen years before finding success with Mr. Show. It's understandable his... More>>
The SpongeBob Movie Is Absurd, Delightful Business as Usual The SpongeBob Movie Is Absurd, Delightful Business as Usual
, February 11, 2015
Animated adventure-comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water's dedication to surreal, anti-formulaic humor makes the film a supremely... More>>
The Rom-Com Formula is Given a Meta Twist in The Rewrite The Rom-Com Formula is Given a Meta Twist in The Rewrite
, February 11, 2015
Romantic-comedy formula is given a feeble meta twist in The Rewrite, in which a once-famous Hollywood screenwriter reluctantly takes a teaching... More>>
Fresh Off the Boat Is Quietly Revolutionizing the Network Sitcom Fresh Off the Boat Is Quietly Revolutionizing the Network Sitcom
, February 04, 2015
(Heavy spoilers for the pilot; very light spoilers for the second and third episodes.) There's more than one way to start a revolution. You can... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: Jafar Panahi Tweaks Iran and Shariah Law in Taxi Berlin Film Festival: Jafar Panahi Tweaks Iran and Shariah Law in Taxi
, February 04, 2015
BERLIN — Riding from the Berlin-Tegel airport to my hotel on a crisp, sunny day last week, my cab passed the magnificent golden angel... More>>
Wicked Yet Nice, The Voices Offers Peak Ryan Reynolds Wicked Yet Nice, The Voices Offers Peak Ryan Reynolds
, February 04, 2015
The creators of The Voices, a sad comedy about a man and his talking cat, are aware that star Ryan Reynolds is an unusual leading man. At a... More>>
The Greats of Indie Black Cinema Are at Lincoln Center The Greats of Indie Black Cinema Are at Lincoln Center
, February 04, 2015
For nearly a century, New York City has been the place where this country's most significant independent-cinema movements have been born. The... More>>
A Crisply Restored Jamaica Inn Honors the Compelling Charles Laughton A Crisply Restored Jamaica Inn Honors the Compelling Charles Laughton
, February 04, 2015
In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson cuts the career of larger-than-life English actor Charles Laughton into conveniently... More>>
Ballet 422 Is a Stirring Portrait of Deep Focus in Creative Work Ballet 422 Is a Stirring Portrait of Deep Focus in Creative Work
, February 04, 2015
It seems as if, for every ten issue-oriented documentaries that essentially function as long-form magazine articles with images attached, we get... More>>
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