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‘Another Year’: The Tragedy of Everyday Life

As its title forthrightly states, writer-director Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” simply records the spring-to-spring passage of the annual round of days in these very ordinary lives. I think, for reasons difficult to explain, that it is a near-to-great film.

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Wall Street Revisited: Greed Is Good and Dull

The inherent problem with Oliver Stone’s follow-up to his 1987 classic is that it does not have the courage of its own nastiest convictions.

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‘Countdown to Zero’—or Apocalypse, Whichever Comes First

“Countdown to Zero” is an intelligent, graphically sophisticated documentary film about what is almost certainly the most important issue confronting the world today—nuclear proliferation.

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Into the Valley of Death Rode the ... 15?

The documentary “Restrepo” paints an empathetic portrait of U.S. soldiers at an Afghanistan outpost, but it keeps its audience at a distance.

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The Hack: Reflections on a Nazi-Era Filmmaker

“Jud Süss” may be the most odious movie ever made. And now we have a talking-heads documentary about it, “Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss,” the work of Felix Moeller, in which the children and grandchildren of the film’s director, Veit Harlan, are invited to comment on the patriarch’s noxious work.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


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