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Art History

!Women Art Revolution documents a revolution but doesn’t start one.

Movie Reviews The subversive wit of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s documentary !Women Art Revolution is apparent very early on, when the film uses man-on-the-street interviews for a pop quiz on women in museums. As Hershman Le...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Mutant Babies

X-Men: First Class doesn’t challenge the institution

Movie Reviews X-Men is the franchise we have to thank for the last decade’s numbing proliferation of comic-book superhero movies. So we should hold it to a higher standard.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Mourning After

The latest Hangover feels like one

Movie Reviews It’s not the worst, as group-of-dudes comedy sequels go. We’re not talking Ghostbusters II here. But of course, we weren’t talking Ghostbusters to begin with. We were talking The Hangover. So ...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Pirate This Movie

Depp and company finally get it right

Movie Reviews Orlando Bloom and his guilty-by-association co-star Keira Knightley have mercifully walked the plank. Finally, the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has found its way toward coherence...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Cole Smithey

Metered Lines

Poetry treats its subject matter delicately

Movie Reviews Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s latest, a Cannes Film Festival screenplay prizewinner last year, opens on an effortlessly lyrical moment. Only after we determine that, yes, a dead teenage girl is indeed...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Hammerzeit!

Kenneth Branagh pounds out a Marvel

Movie Reviews We know this about Thor: Thursday is named after him. The movie doesn’t get into that. Too banal? Also, he’s the god of thunder, which the movie does get into, quite vividly.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Prom and Circumstance

Prom is as predictable as prom, just better-looking

Movie Reviews What starts out as an all-too-formulaic teen romantic comedy settles into a forgivably recipe-driven think piece on the milestone significance of that unique social gathering known as the prom.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 SFR

Full Nelson

Simple formula pins down a Win Win

Movie Reviews Even those with an aversion to upbeat, sports-themed feel-good dramas are bound to be seduced by the wrestling indie Win Win.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Felicia Feaster

Bana Montana

Hanna lacks heart and art

Movie Reviews Not every movie must be driven by characters. Some may be shoved forward against their will by a Chemical Brothers soundtrack. Or so hopes director Joe Wright (The Soloist), who now brings us the steadily groov...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Speaking Up

Voices from Inside gives insider perspective

Movie Reviews When Marjorie Wright set out to make a film about what the political context to a solution in Israel might look like, she found that people weren’t interested in answering abstract questions.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Zelie Pollon
 
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