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The Performance of Robert Redford’s Career

The 77-year-old actor is at his smart, ironic best in “All Is Lost.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus Charm in ‘Enough Said’

The early reviews prepared me to be charmed by “Enough Said,” which naturally made me uncomfortable.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



Spectacle in Summer: The Guilty Pleasures of ‘The Lone Ranger’

“The Lone Ranger” is too long and more than a little bit incoherent, but you will see some things in the movie that you will not have seen anywhere else.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Let ‘Argo’ Take You Hostage

I don’t know how much of the picture—beyond its basic premise—is “true.” And, frankly, I don’t give a damn.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Prison and Poverty for All: The Future We Live In

A new documentary about prison and the drug war makes the science fiction dystopias of “Looper” and “Dredd 3D” feel disturbingly plausible.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



IMDb

‘Bully’: Zooming In on Childhood Demons

Is bullying on the rise in schools around the country?  I don’t know. You don’t know. And, most important, Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully,” doesn’t seem to know either.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



IMDb

Filmmaker, Incarcerated

One of the incidental lessons “This Is Not a Film” teaches is that a film is not a film until it is a film. You can talk about it, outline it, enthuse over it, but it is still just hot air until sets are built, actors engage, cameras roll. And that is what’s most touching about this movie.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



imdb.com

The Best (and the Rest) of 2011

Sorry about this—a 10-best list dragging along in the wake of all the others, which began appearing around Halloween. And it isn’t even a nice round 10 in number. I could come up with only six movies this year. I have my excuses. [Pictured above, Werner Herzog, director of “Into the Abyss.”]

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



imdb.com

The ‘Girl’ Is Good, but Why Bother?

Here’s a paradox I’ve never encountered in several decades of movie reviewing: a perfectly well-made film that there is absolutely no compelling reason to rush right out and see—especially if you’ve been paying attention to recent developments in popular culture.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ … Clunker

Under Tomas Alfredson’s leaden direction, the film, which is set in the 1970s when the Cold War was at its height, consists mainly of guys enigmatically sipping whiskey, smoking cigarettes and exchanging meaningful stares.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

‘Hugo’: Resistance Is Futile

I was prepared to dislike “Hugo,” sight unseen—wretched excess and all that—so you can imagine my surprise (and your own, when, as you inevitably must, you catch up with it) when I found myself utterly captivated by Martin Scorsese’s film.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

Their ‘Perestroika’

Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

Two Ways to Make a Bad Movie

“Jane Eyre” and “Battle: Los Angeles” travel different roads but both end up in the same dismal place.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

‘The Adjustment Bureau’: Fate Accompli

Free will is not a subject that comes up a lot in the movies—not, certainly, as the main topic of dramatic conversation. On the other hand, however, it could be argued that it is the hidden subject of almost every film.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



thecompanymenfilm.com

Three ‘Company Men’ and a Pink Slip

What we get here, putting it as charitably as possible, are symbolic figures, the semi-fictional, least common denominators of newsmagazine cover stories that are supposed to put a human face on grim statistics.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



ifcfilms.com

‘Carlos’: A Different Kind of Terrorism

“Carlos” is a fictionalized but persuasively believable biography of celebrity terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a man known for his indolence as well as support for a whole gamut of revolutionary causes.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE


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