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Bard Meets CNN

A tragedy gets transplanted to our short-attention era

Movie Reviews The impoverished masses rage against the wealthy 1 percent as soldiers return from a long-running war and an “outsider” candidate contends with a fickle electorate in Coriolanus, which might have been rippe...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Ann Lewinson


Astronomers will love The City Dark

Movie Reviews Relaying stargazers’ complaints about city lights, the first half of the documentary film The City Dark risks becoming a platform for a fringe user group, until filmmaker Ian Cheney finally moves from anecdot...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Matthew Irwin

A Tame Approach

A Dangerous Method is a serious misnomer

Movie Reviews One of the pleasures of watching a David Cronenberg film is the guarantee that something nasty will happen. The violence in his films lurks beneath the surface, hinted at in the cold, clinical dialogue uttered ...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 David Riedel

Muted Emotions

Sex and…more meaningless sex in Shame

Movie Reviews As Shame presents it, sex addiction prevents the addict from having meaningful contact with another person. All conversations are perfunctory. In fact, all human contact is superficial. All business success is ...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 David Riedel

Comic Strip

The life and times of a French provocateur

Movie Reviews Serge Gainsbourg has no American equivalent. The homely and hard-living French singer-songwriter’s astoundingly wide-ranging output was often overshadowed by his affairs with the world’s most beautiful wome...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Ann Lewinson

The Pictures Got Loud

A French love letter to American silent cinema

Movie Reviews Hard on the heels of Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s mash note to Georges Méliès and Harold Lloyd, comes the considerably less expensive—and considerably more charming—The Artist, a black-and-white, nearly word...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Ann Lewinson

A Good Horse

The thoroughbred in War Horse deserves a better movie

Movie Reviews Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is a grand, sweeping, lush and magnificent movie. It’s filmmaking that self-consciously recalls a John Ford epic, such as The Searchers or The Quiet Man. If only it were as good...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 David Riedel

Help from the Help

Sixth floor provides setting for droll romantic fantasy

Movie Reviews Paris, 1962: Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) and his wife, Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain), have white-people problems, namely the family housekeeper. She’s a nasty old French bitch who won’t let Suzanne clear ou...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 David Riedel

In the End

Melancholia has us choose acceptance or fear

Movie Reviews Kirsten Dunst’s dimple-pointed smile lights up the opening scenes of Melancholia. She exudes such happiness that we don’t suspect an impending cosmic catastrophe, though we do begin to sense that she ...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What's in His Head?

Real or imagined, the storm in Take Shelter carries us away

Movie Reviews Here’s something you don’t often get at the movies: genuine surprise. Take Shelter, however, offers plenty, not just in its story, but also in the idea that a deliberately paced family drama can entertain...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 David Riedel
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