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Bigger Than the Movie: Rebecca Hall Almost Saves Lay the Favorite Lay the Favorite
, December 05, 2012
A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks, Stephen Frears's Lay the Favorite has none of the stinging sordidness of The Grifters, his 1990... More>>
In Hyde Park on Hudson, It's Patriotic to Pleasure a President Hyde Park on Hudson
On His Majesty's secret service
, December 05, 2012
It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so... More>>
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
, December 05, 2012
If you knew you were dying, and it was Halloween, your first impulse might not be to gather your whole estranged family together for one last... More>>
Waiting for Lightning Hits the Big Stunt But Misses the Big Questions Waiting for Lightning
Why Danny jumps
, December 05, 2012
Early in Waiting for Lightning, skateboarder Greg Hunt utters a surprising truth as he marvels at the giant ramp Danny Way has put together in... More>>
Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed
, December 05, 2012
The images of animal suffering and mistreatment presented throughout Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed inspire sadness and angered... More>>
The Collection
, November 28, 2012
A murkily directed bore "dealing" with the subject of serial killers and revenge only to reconfirm to its horror-fanboy audience that both are... More>>
Certainty
, November 28, 2012
There are few romantic dramas more frustrating than the kind that studiously avoid clichéd characterizations while gracelessly begging... More>>
Talaash
, November 28, 2012
With soapy whodunit Talaash, star Aamir Khan continues his recent trend of exporting relatively progressive films. But unlike the comparatively... More>>
Silent Night
, November 28, 2012
As the Christmas-set horror movie is a subgenre to itself by now, it is almost touchingly naive when Silent Night kicks off with a gruesome... More>>
Celebrating the Romanian New Wave at Lincoln Center Celebrating the Romanian New Wave at Lincoln Center
, November 28, 2012
What's now referred to as the Romanian New Wave announced itself loudest with Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which in 2007 won... More>>
Addicted to Fame Squeezes One Last Buck From Anna Nicole Addicted to Fame
Shame On Demand
, November 28, 2012
Deep into Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates's bouillon-dense fever dream of a novel, Marilyn Monroe at last manages to make it to the set of Some Like It... More>>
Movie Violence Has Never Been Better—Or More Reckless Movie Violence Has Never Been Better—Or More Reckless
The way we die now
, November 28, 2012
Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning—whose star, Dolph Lundgren, graces the Voice's cover... More>>
John Hyams Is the Best Action Director Working Today John Hyams Is the Best Action Director Working Today
Dedicated to the abstract and the ass-kicking
, November 28, 2012
If David Cronenberg and Luc Besson had a mutant baby, it still wouldn't be able to make a movie quite as hypnotically badass as Universal... More>>
Killing Them Softly in Obama's America Killing Them Softly in Obama's America
A violent new drama argues crime is just business
, November 28, 2012
An adaptation of George V. Higgins's 1974 novel Cogan's Trade, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly anatomizes a self-policing underground... More>>
To See the Fights, Universal Soldier 4 Demands You Suffer Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
, November 28, 2012
Depending on whether you count direct-to-video releases, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is either the fourth or sixth film in the low-rent,... More>>
Beware of Mr. Baker: Give the Drummer Some Slack? Beware of Mr. Baker
Great drumming almost excuses Ginger Baker's dickishness
, November 28, 2012
"Bonham had technique, but he couldn't swing a sack of shit," says great drummer and sack of shit Ginger Baker to interviewer Jay Bulger. This is... More>>
Staring Down Death: The Singular Career of Max von Sydow Staring Down Death: The Singular Career of Max von Sydow
, November 28, 2012
Imagine Julia Roberts being asked to charm without her smile. Or Paul Newman bereft of those baby blues. That's the kind of handicap given to Max... More>>
California Solo California Solo
, November 28, 2012
Woe is the rocker whose career is cut short by a more talented sibling/bandmate's death, a plight played for earnest drunken-irresponsibility... More>>
Otelo Burning Otelo Burning
, November 28, 2012
An earnest, unthinking, life-is-beautiful global indie of the sort Miramax used to scarf up by the dozens every year, this South African ditty is... More>>
Parked Parked
, November 28, 2012
One of two Irelands generally presides at the movies: There's the sun-fed plush greens and surf-battered cliffs of a period or otherwise rustic... More>>
New Jerusalem New Jerusalem
, November 28, 2012
Rick Alverson's New Jerusalem (which he made before The Comedy) had its North American premiere at South by Southwest, and in many ways, it... More>>
Walk Away Renee Walk Away Renee
, November 28, 2012
Picking up where his 2003 Tarnation left off, Jonathan Caouette's new documentary is no less hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately... More>>
Ex-Girlfriends Ex-Girlfriends
, November 28, 2012
The callow behavior that characterizes Ex-Girlfriends' lead would be less maddening had writer/director/star Alexander Poe firmly decided how to... More>>
Dragon (Wu xia) Dragon (Wu xia)
, November 28, 2012
The roaring popular success of Peter Chan's Wu xia in China—renamed Dragon for export—is no mystery: It's an adept genre exercise... More>>
Love, Marilyn Love, Marilyn
, November 28, 2012
"Marilyn Monroe was an infinity of character and mystery that was impossible for me, or anyone else, to explore, because it was so vast. There is... More>>
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