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news June 27, 2015
Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd misses mark
The splendid cast of Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation Far from the Madding Crowd can’t make up for the director ironing out the nuance.
news March 28, 2015
Feeling the Pynchon in Anderson’s Inherent Vice
Paul Thomas Anderson’s efforts to stay true to the novel Inherent Vice leave this film noir floundering in the dark.
news May 09, 2015
Binoche and Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria
Like Bergman and Antonioni, Olivier Assayas focuses on the experience of women, as in his latest, Clouds of Sils Maria.
news February 21, 2015
Citizenfour’s Edwardian drama
Laura Poitras’s Snowden film, Citizenfour, is a welcome return to documentary that doesn’t tell us what to think.
news January 24, 2015
Foxcatcher’s charm wrestling
Foxcatcher’s fearless stars score all the points in a takedown of naked narcissism and searing sociopathy.
news December 20, 2014
Timothy Spall a vivid J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s latest
Timothy Spall embodies Turner in a virtuosic performance of an artist in pursuit of the ethereal and elemental.
news November 29, 2014
The depth of winter sleep
Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s meditative but tightly wound Winter Sleep.
news November 01, 2014
Wanting more from Brad Pitt’s latest film, Fury
Fury wins the battle as a buddy film, but too many punches are pulled for it to win the war.
news September 20, 2014
Faulty shades of Gray leaves The Immigrant lacking
The Immigrant joins a long line of films tracing new beginnings in a foreign land. Sadly, this one fails to truly arrive.
news August 23, 2014
How Robin Williams became lost in Hollywood
Robin Williams was on our screens for more than 30 years, but his genius for creative mayhem was quashed in film.
news July 19, 2014
"All This Mayhem" documents a long grind
Documentary about champion skateboarding brothers sidesteps some home truths.
news June 14, 2014
Scarlett Johansson’s loving the alien in Under the Skin
With Kubrick and Cocteau in its DNA, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as the man-eater who fell to Earth.