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I Am Not a Hipster I Am Not a Hipster
, January 09, 2013
Several of the past decade's best movie musicals—whether comic (School of Rock), sweet (Once), graceful (Our Beloved Month of August), or... More>>
How to Defend Quentin Tarantino How to Defend Quentin Tarantino
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
, January 02, 2013
Ah, here it is again: that special time we experience every two to six years when Quentin Tarantino makes a new movie, and people dig out the old... More>>
10 Movies to Watch in 2013 10 Movies to Watch in 2013
In theaters, on demand, or wherever
, January 02, 2013
Most of the blathering this year about the death of film and film culture has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one... More>>
Texas Chainsaw 3-D
, January 02, 2013
Three sequels, a remake, a prequel to the remake, and now another sequel. What is it with chain saw massacres of the Texas variety? This latest... More>>
England Grinds: 56 Up Reveals Life in Stasis 56 Up
, January 02, 2013
Life goes inexorably, chillingly on. The Up series, Michael Apted's famous calendrical march, presses forth now into its eighth episode, with the... More>>
Gangster Squad's Cop-Turned-Screenwriter Faces the Thin Blue Line Edit Gangster Squad's Cop-Turned-Screenwriter Faces the Thin Blue Line Edit
L.A.'s Finest
, January 02, 2013
"Like a lot of other stuff in my life, I sort of fell backwards into it," screenwriter Will Beall says of his unexpected perch atop Hollywood's... More>>
Bruno Dumont and Others Revel Where Art Meets Life Bruno Dumont and Others Revel Where Art Meets Life
The Vanguard
, January 02, 2013
"Reality is far more powerful than any story, legend, myth, or surrealism," observes the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura in a key... More>>
A Dark Truth A Dark Truth
, January 02, 2013
Groping for the levers of outrage is an OK way to establish a narrative rapport with an audience, and giant and amoral corporations can provide a... More>>
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
, January 02, 2013
On the heels of The Other Son comes another earnest, well-intentioned, slightly cloying French film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:... More>>
My Brooklyn Makes the Case that Gentrification is Worse Than We Thought My Brooklyn Makes the Case that Gentrification is Worse than We Thought
, January 02, 2013
My Brooklyn opens with a lifelong resident of the eponymous borough gushing over his youth in the '70s: drinking water from fire hydrants,... More>>
In His Great Tabu, Miguel Gomes Offers More In His Great Tabu, Miguel Gomes Offers More
The Maximalist
, December 26, 2012
Perhaps in response to bombastic mainstream Hollywood, international auteurs often veer toward minimalism—quieter emotions, slower tempos,... More>>
Promised Land's Hard Sell Promised Land
For Matt Damon and company, the message is the message
, December 26, 2012
Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions—in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit... More>>
Tabu's Brilliant Look at Colonial Fantasy Tabu
Let's go native
, December 26, 2012
Tabu is one of those truly unique movies you can get tongue-tied just trying to describe: a tragic pop pastiche? A lyrical Old Hollywood... More>>
Madoka Magica Madoka Magica
, December 26, 2012
Early in the dazzling anime feature Madoka Magica, the first of a trilogy based on a popular Japanese TV series, bubbly schoolgirl Madoka Kaname... More>>
Allegiance Allegiance
, December 26, 2012
Without its topical pretext and overzealous patriotism, Allegiance would be just another generic action film. Set in 2004, writer/director... More>>
Parental Guidance Parental Guidance
, December 26, 2012
In much the same way that pig-romancing hill folk felt slandered by William Denison "Bill" McKinney's performance in Deliverance, the elderly... More>>
Quentin Tarantino Emerges with His Most Daring Film Yet Quentin Tarantino Emerges with His Most Daring Film Yet
Basterd makes good
, December 19, 2012
Quentin Tarantino has been Googling himself, and it's starting to become a problem. The filmmaker, whose eighth feature, Django Unchained, opens... More>>
Les Misérables Doesn't Dream Daringly Les Misérables
The Follies of 1832
, December 19, 2012
You can hear the people sing—really hear them—in the long-gestating screen version of that Broadway juggernaut Les Misérables.... More>>
Django Unchained Upends the Western Django Unchained
A history of violence
, December 19, 2012
Watching Django Unchained, it's easy to imagine that Quentin Tarantino had such a blast making his last picture, the ebullient Holocaust fantasia... More>>
Oscar Watch: A Great Year for Foreign Films (and a German Scandal!) Oscar Watch: A Great Year for Foreign Films (and a German Scandal!)
, December 19, 2012
How do you say “Oscar justice” in Romanian? It’s been a long time coming, but more than a decade into the extraordinary... More>>
Dabangg 2
, December 19, 2012
Dabangg 2, a Bollywood action film that's also sometimes a comedy, is mostly likable thanks to its creators' preference for lighthearted mugging... More>>
The 2012 Voice Film Critics' Poll The 2012 Voice Film Critics' Poll , December 19, 2012
Squeaking by with an Obama 2012–size victory margin, Paul Thomas Anderson's thrillingly strange The Master tops this year's Voice Film... More>>
The Thrilling Manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty
Darkness on the edge of town
, December 19, 2012
Just so you know, it's going to take a while," says the CIA officer to his newly arrived colleague at the start of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark... More>>
The Girl The Girl
, December 19, 2012
The initial grimness of David Riker's The Girl promises a plunge into narrative depression that, thankfully, dissipates with the arrival of the... More>>
Meet the Un-Exonerated in West of Memphis West of Memphis
A new doc achieves the impossible: freeing the West Memphis Three
, December 19, 2012
The murder of the children should be the most disturbing thing. The crime-scene photos of three young boys killed in 1993 in West Memphis,... More>>
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