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Never More

The Raven tells an all too familiar tale

Movie Reviews The Raven is in trouble before the first thinly drawn character appears on screen. The audience is informed, via title card, that in the days before his death, Edgar Allan Poe was mumbling incoherently on ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 David Riedel

Kind Stranger

The Dardenne Brothers lighten up

Movie Reviews The Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L’enfant, Rosetta), who stumbled a bit with their last film, Lorna’s Silence, have made a winning comeback in The Kid with a Bike, a coming-of-age tale abo...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Ann Lewinson

New Age of Paranoia

A viral cult film’s hidden right-wing agenda

Movie Reviews Thrive, a two-hour documentary that screens Friday at the Performance Space in La Tienda, sells itself as an optimistic vision of a utopian future marked by “free energy,” freedom from oppression and spirit...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Eric Johnson

Three Boys

Taika Waititi’s Boy is slight, charming and fun

Movie Reviews It’s 1984. Our hero is Boy (James Rolleston), a plucky kid living in an isolated New Zealand town with his younger brother, Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu), four younger cousins and their grandmother, who cares ...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 David Riedel

This is a Film

Iranian director makes art despite a government ban

Movie Reviews Filmmakers, filmgoers, students and academics have debated for years about what makes a film. Is it a series of uninflected images strung together? Tightly choreographed camera moves?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 David Riedel

What-Ever

WE's two stories still don't make a full film

Movie Reviews Watching WE, Madonna’s latest terrible directing effort, it’s difficult to know exactly for what she was striving. An old-fashioned romance? A softhearted take on Wallis Simpson, a woman with whom she clear...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 David Riedel

A Good Turn

From New Wave crap to endearing drama

Movie Reviews Spanning eight turbulent years, Declaration of War (La guerre est déclarée) nods at Shakespeare in the lead characters’ names, but then the rest of the film is all French.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Sara Malinowski

The Horror

In Darkness exploits Holocaust for effect

Movie Reviews Here’s the danger with Holocaust dramas: At some point, they run the potential of departing from themes of war, human suffering and triumph in the face of adversity, and tipping into standard horror fare.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 David Riedel

Best Intentions

No easy choices in A Separation

Movie Reviews About once a year, a film comes along that I have absolutely no interest in seeing. This year—and this is only March!—that honor belonged to A Separation. An Iranian family drama in Farsi with subtit...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 David Riedel

Ben-Hur

The Santa Fe connection

Movie Reviews The annual Academy Awards recognize cinematic achievement on a grand scale, but few films have matched the success of Ben-Hur—chosen best picture of 1959 and winner of 10 other Oscars. It also broke many of t...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Fred Donnelly
 
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