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The Flat The Flat
, October 17, 2012
It begins as an ordinary, if bittersweet, family event. The 98-year-old grandmother of Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger has died, and as this... More>>
Sassy Pants Sassy Pants
, October 17, 2012
Thanks to a cinematic intervention by Haley Joel Osment as Chip, a helpful, hopeful, and sparkly eyed best-gay-friend type, Sassy Pants gets... More>>
Question One Question One
, October 17, 2012
In both California's Proposition 8 and Maine's Question 1, no meant yes and yes meant no: Voting "Yes" meant you were against gay marriage, and... More>>
Nobody Walks Nobody Walks
, October 17, 2012
For her evocative third feature, writer-director Ry Russo-Young has collaborated with filmmaker-actress Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture, HBO’s... More>>
Seven Psychopaths Is a Great, Nasty Time at the Movies Seven Psychopaths
No, this is how it’s done
, October 10, 2012
Perhaps you’ve lost faith in movies about amusingly digressive criminals. Maybe you believe it’s no longer possible to be pleasurably... More>>
Getting Someplace: In Middle of Nowhere's L.A., Real Life Flourishes Middle of Nowhere
, October 10, 2012
When Ruby (played by the stunning Emayatzy Corinealdi) tells the new man in her life she likes "indie" movies, it's both a declaration of... More>>
Atlas Shrugged Part Two: Why can't the free market make this movie any better? Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike
, October 10, 2012
It's tempting to snipe that the argument of Atlas Shrugged Part II—that the genius of an unregulated free market results in the greatest of... More>>
Here Comes the Boom
, October 10, 2012
Here Comes the Boom confronts the crisis in our nation's public schools, and multiplexes, for even an affable, saccharine, rudimentarily... More>>
Excuse Me for Living
, October 10, 2012
Excuse Me for Living, sophomore writer/director and first-time producer Ric Klass's wracked therapy comedy, is neither so charming nor humane... More>>
Ava DuVernay Looks to the Future of Black Film Ava DuVernay Looks to the Future of Black Film
A moment becomes a movement
, October 10, 2012
"Positive characterizations are complex characterizations," says writer-director Ava DuVernay, tucking into a serving of roasted potatoes.... More>>
Waits Variations: Six Ways of Looking at Tom Waits, Character Actor Waits Variations: Six Ways of Looking at Tom Waits, Character Actor
, October 10, 2012
In Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, a prune-faced, simian-mouthed sexagenarian sits by the road in an old suit and brown-patterned tie, and... More>>
The Embers of Paris Glow for 'Born in Flames: New Queer Cinema' The Embers of Paris Glow for 'Born in Flames: New Queer Cinema'
The thrills of '90s queer films still live at BAM
, October 10, 2012
On the cover of this publication dated March 24, 1992, two naked men were locked in a deep kiss in a scene from Derek Jarman's Edward II, an... More>>
Smiley Smiley
, October 10, 2012
Tell a die-hard horror-movie fan that the latest scary movie is the worst thing ever, and that fan will nod respectfully but still make plans to... More>>
Least Among Saints Least Among Saints
, October 10, 2012
There's no amount of emotional distress that macho brooding can't fix in Least Among Saints, a monotonous drama centered on a PTSD-afflicted Gulf... More>>
Hotel Noir Hotel Noir
, October 10, 2012
Noir, as an idea, as a concept, and above all, as a look, continues to hold sway over a well-worn corner of the cinematic imagination, more than... More>>
Madrid, 1987 Madrid, 1987
, October 10, 2012
"Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare," wrote William Shakespeare, a point drawn forcefully home if you're locked inside a small... More>>
The Big Picture The Big Picture
, October 10, 2012
"You're as free as the wind," says Paul Exben (Romain Duris) to the son of a legal client to whom he has offered the choice of drug rehab or... More>>
Sinister Sinister
, October 10, 2012
In a neat bit of poaching, Sinister uses a premise borrowed from anti-horror pundits—the idea that some images can't be unseen once seen,... More>>
The Thieves The Thieves
, October 10, 2012
Easier to like than it is to follow, Choi Dong-hoon's glossy caper boasts all the pomp and cajolery of the true international blockbuster. It's... More>>
Special Forces Special Forces
, October 10, 2012
The Hans Gruber axiom states that an action film is only as good as its bad guy: dumb antagonist, dumb film. In Israeli actor Raz Degan, Special... More>>
A Whisper to a Roar A Whisper to a Roar
, October 10, 2012
An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to expunge... More>>
Gayby Gayby
, October 10, 2012
Making a kid "the old-fashioned way" becomes the plot engine for the second time this year—after Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With... More>>
Simon and the Oaks Simon and the Oaks
, October 10, 2012
Lisa Ohlin's Simon and the Oaks has all the superficial elements of compelling drama but none of the interiority; it looks like a good movie... More>>
Smashed Smashed
, October 10, 2012
Movies about drugs and alcohol might be a dime (bag) a dozen, but James Ponsoldt's Smashed is so beautifully shot and well acted as to transcend... More>>
3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom
, October 10, 2012
Less inept than its worst-of-the-year title suggests, 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom nonetheless proves too ramshackle and aimless to ever achieve... More>>
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