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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

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

Navel-Gazing

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
 
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