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Thinly Veiled but Unmistakably Bad
, March 06, 2013
There's an unfortunate irony that Liberty Ross--spurned wife of Snow White and the Huntsman director/adulterer Rupert Sanders--co-stars as a... More>>
The Last Exorcism Part II: What Changed?
, March 06, 2013
When the creators of The Last Exorcism Part II swapped pseudo-verité realism for psychological realism, they made it a lot harder to take... More>>
The Attacks of 26/11 is an Exploitative Docudrama
, March 06, 2013
Indian filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma (Satya, Company) continues his recent cold streak with The Attacks of 26/11, an exploitative docudrama that... More>>
The Other Side of the Ice Straddles the Line Between Magnificence and Mundanity
, March 06, 2013
Part home movie, part reality TV-style confess-to-the-camera bitchfest, and part low-key adventure doc, Sprague Thobald's The Other Side of the... More>>
Girl Rising: Hope Against a Backdrop of Misery
, March 06, 2013
While well-worn charges of aestheticizing poverty could easily be leveled against Girl Rising, its eye-popping colors, stark black-and-white, and... More>>
Citizen Hearst: More Context Needed
, March 06, 2013
Hearst the man dies a half hour into Citizen Hearst the film, a biographic doc true to the letter of its title if not the spirit: The citizen... More>>
Dead Man Down is Not Movieland, U.S.A.'s Best Offering Dead Man Down is Not Movieland, U.S.A.'s Best Offering
, March 06, 2013
Nominally set in Manhattan but in actuality taking place in Movieland, U.S.A., where the police don't materialize even when exploding cars are... More>>
In Downeast, the Free Market Chokes Like a Noose
, March 06, 2013
In the lovely, melancholy documentary Downeast, David Redmon and Ashley Sabin profile the coastal town of Gouldsboro, Maine, the site of the last... More>>
Other Ozzes, Great and Terrible (But Mostly Terrible) Other Ozzes, Great and Terrible (But Mostly Terrible)
, March 06, 2013
Twenty minutes into the first full-length movie based on L. Frank Baum's most beloved novel, a duck pukes into the face of Larry Semon, the star... More>>
Gut Renovation Whines at Williamsburg's Newer Residents Gut Renovation Whines at Williamsburg's Newer Residents
, March 06, 2013
Su Friedrich is a sucker for nostalgia but not necessarily for history. Her doc Gut Renovation opens with a 1908 black-and-white photo of the... More>>
Horny Holy Men! The Monk Crosses Godly Rites and Vile Sin Horny Holy Men! The Monk Crosses Godly Rites and Vile Sin
, March 06, 2013
Here’s proof of the continuity of the human imagination: If you were an HBO exec cooking up an adults-only show about the perverse doings... More>>
The Girl Finds Easy Renewed Faith and Whatnot The Girl Finds Easy Renewed Faith and Whatnot
, March 06, 2013
The initial grimness of David Riker’s The Girl promises a plunge into narrative depression that, thankfully, dissipates with the arrival of... More>>
The Energy Industry Gets Needled In Greedy Lying Bastards The Energy Industry Gets Needled In Greedy Lying Bastards
, March 06, 2013
We can speak of climate change with a fair amount of certitude: shrinking Arctic ice cover, rising global temperatures, and the increased... More>>
The Rom-Com Clichés Parade on Through Language of a Broken Heart The Rom-Com Clichés Parade on Through Language of a Broken Heart
, March 06, 2013
Today’s romantic comedies may be the most dire product being rolled off American filmmaking assembly lines. Having devolved into rote... More>>
 Jack the Giant Slayer Is Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun Jack the Giant Slayer
A giant adventure's old-fashioned spirit
, February 27, 2013
To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, there are big, tall, terrible, fleshy, bulbous-headed giants in the sky in Jack the Giant Slayer. And what would... More>>
Dan Sallitt, The Modest Master, at Anthology The Unspeakable Act; 'The Films of Dan Sallitt'
His films are a secret no more
, February 27, 2013
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly why the films of Dan Sallitt have remained such a well-kept secret for the past two decades, poorly... More>>
Lincoln Center's Rendez-vous with French Cinema Rendez-vous with French Cinema
From the Franco file
, February 27, 2013
If Rushmore's Max Fischer and the anonymous videographer from Michael Haneke's Caché somehow spawned a love child, he'd look something... More>>
In Stoker, Girlhood Blooms into Violence In Stoker, Girlhood Blooms into Violence
Coming of rage
, February 27, 2013
Puberty is sex and sex is murder in Stoker, a Hitchcockian stew of hothouse familial jealousy, sadism, and psychosis all tied together by one... More>>
Jeanine Basinger Explains Why There's So Few Great Marriage Movies Jeanine Basinger Explains Why There's So Few Great Marriage Movies
Kiss kiss ho hum
, February 27, 2013
There's a reason, beyond basic Judd Apatow oversaturation, that hardly anyone went to see his mewl of middle-aged despair This Is 40. A movie... More>>
Steel Yourself for Leviathan, A Watery Knockout Steel Yourself for Leviathan, A Watery Knockout
Sea legs
, February 27, 2013
End of days or the beginning of new ways of seeing? Fittingly, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's Leviathan, an... More>>
Weep for David Duchovny's Penis: On the Terribleness of Californication, Season 6 Weep for David Duchovny's Penis: On the Terribleness of Californication, Season 6
, February 27, 2013
Honestly, when it started six years ago, Californication was provocative, ballsy, and fun, with laugh-out-loud dialogue and plenty of smart... More>>
21 & Over Just Dares You to Get Offended 21 & Over Just Dares You to Get Offended , February 27, 2013
Guy humor is always with us, kind of like the poor. For as long as cavemen have been etching fart jokes into the walls of caves, women have been... More>>
Horror Comes and Goes As It Pleases in War Witch Horror Comes and Goes As It Pleases in War Witch
, February 27, 2013
Hannah Arendt coined "banality of evil" while watching Nazis on trial, and Canadian writer/director Kim Nguyen's War Witch inspires a similar... More>>
A Fierce Green Fire Burns Unevenly
, February 27, 2013
As the human footprint widens, the movements lumped under "environmentalism" grow ever more varied, which makes a far-reaching documentary about... More>>
Future Weather: Portrait of a Semi-Hellish Backwater
, February 27, 2013
"Are you ready for 23 feet of water flooding the Eastern Seaboard?" demands 13-year-old Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine) in a burst of... More>>
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