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Birders: The Central Park Effect
, January 23, 2013
A well-measured docu-character study, Birders: The Central Park Effect benefits from writer/director/producer Jeffrey Kimball's wise decision not... More>>
Movie 43 Will Be Passed Around Sixth Grade Classrooms for Years to Come Movie 43 Will Be Passed Around Sixth Grade Classrooms for Years to Come
, January 23, 2013
I saw an opening-day matinee of Movie 43 at a theater where they hadn't bothered to put the title on the marquee, with a sparse audience composed... More>>
A Closeted Doc Discovers the World in Yossi Yossi
Physician, heal thyself
, January 23, 2013
For the past two decades, Eytan Fox has been Israel's foremost chronicler of gay life—and the homoeroticized military—in the land of... More>>
The Remarkable Nana Scrapes Childhood of Sentiment Nana
The real girl
, January 23, 2013
Films in which little kids are the protagonists are often laden with heavy-handed sentimentality: Witness six-year-old Hushpuppy, the tiny sage... More>>
Werner Herzog Brings Happy People to Light Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Taiga burning bright
, January 23, 2013
Calling Happy People: A Year in the Taiga a Werner Herzog film is something like calling the dozen 2012 books with James Patterson's name on them... More>>
Parker: Rough Guide to a Rough Guy Parker: Rough Guide to a Rough Guy
, January 23, 2013
In George A. Romero's deeply silly 1993 Stephen King adaptation The Dark Half, Timothy Hutton stars as Thad Beaumont, a writer whose highbrow... More>>
Sundance 2013: America's Black Indie Film Renaissance Sundance 2013: America's Black Indie Film Renaissance
, January 23, 2013
You could hear a pin drop during the first Sundance screening of writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, an enormously powerful and moving... More>>
Stacie Passon's Superb Concussion Is Why We Have a Sundance in the First Place Stacie Passon's Superb Concussion Is Why We Have a Sundance in the First Place
, January 23, 2013
Sometimes, one film in a festival lineup can help to reveal another in sharper relief. To wit, one of the loveliest entries in Sundance 2013's... More>>
Supporting Characters: Personal and Professional Frissons, Sharply Etched Supporting Characters
, January 23, 2013
In Daniel Schechter's Supporting Characters, the non-featured players of the title are a pair of film editors whose behind-the-scenes... More>>
Knife Fight: Political Plots Ad Nauseum Knife Fight
, January 23, 2013
From its first moments, the wish-fulfillment political-campaign comedy Knife Fight serves as an accidental demonstration of the value of staying... More>>
The Taste of Money: Spoiler Alert! Cash Corrupts The Taste of Money
, January 23, 2013
In the kind of shocking development that used to send Charlton Heston shrieking into the streets, it turns out that—despite all the... More>>
Parker
, January 23, 2013
Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker—which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher. The protagonist of a series of thrillers by the... More>>
The Movies to Know From Sundance -- and the Year Ahead The Movies to Know From Sundance -- and the Year Ahead
Park City's Breakouts
, January 16, 2013
For the next 10 days, all Hollywood eyes—and those of many a filmgoer—will turn toward the frigid wilds of Park City, Utah,... More>>
The Selling of the Governator, 2013 The Selling of the Governator, 2013
Arnold returns—why?
, January 16, 2013
We're now a generation removed from Arnold Schwarzenegger's brief, odd reign as the biggest star in movies. This Coppertone age lasted from 1990,... More>>
Sundance 2013: Sex with James Franco, Sultry Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe's Jew-Fro, and a Great Film From Jordan Sundance 2013: Sex with James Franco, Sultry Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe's Jew-Fro, and a Great Film From Jordan
, January 16, 2013
In his brief remarks before the first public screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford praised the Sundance Institute's... More>>
The Last Stand
, January 16, 2013
Shrewd ex-politico that he is, Arnold Schwarzenegger has made his comeback movie after a decade-long hiatus a modestly scaled action... More>>
Broken City
, January 16, 2013
Prodigious early success has hung like a sword of Damocles over the careers of twin-brother filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes, who burst onto... More>>
Outside Satan: How Much Grace Can You Take? Outside Satan (Hors Satan)
Bruno Dumont's challenging fable
, January 16, 2013
"I can't take anymore" is the first thing anyone says in Outside Satan, about 10 mum and mystifying minutes in. Viewers who feel no generosity... More>>
A Haunted House: We Have Some Questions About This Spoof A Haunted House
, January 16, 2013
At first glance, the Marlon Wayans found-footage horror spoof A Haunted House wouldn't appear to be especially thought-provoking. But as you... More>>
Stolen Seas: In Deep With Honest-to-God Pirates Stolen Seas
, January 16, 2013
'If the state can't stop 12 guys in a boat, how powerful is it?" asks Matthew Raffety in Stolen Seas, Thymaya Payne's investigation into the... More>>
Throw Mama From the Train, Please Mama
Less scary than a call from Mom
, January 16, 2013
A chiller about two abandoned little girls and their bond to the wraith of the title, Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would... More>>
Our School: Seriously, People Still Hate Gypsies? Our School
, January 16, 2013
Movies prefer to reconfirm that education can be inspirational and enlightening, but the documentary Our School focuses on an insoluble case.... More>>
Brief Reunion: Facebook is a Portal to Hell Brief Reunion
, January 16, 2013
For those who still haven't yet figured it out, Facebook is a portal to hell. That's the strongest takeaway from writer-director John Daschbach's... More>>
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola: Bollywood Banal Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
, January 16, 2013
Bollywood multi-hyphenate Vishal Bhardwaj's latest proves that his films are only as great as their characters and their respective stories.... More>>
Luv: Another Boyz-to-Men Crime Drama Luv
, January 16, 2013
"Imma teach you some real-world shit," ex-felon Vincent (Common) tells his 11-year-old nephew, Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), as they ride through... More>>
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