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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

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

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

Low Rollers

Casino Jack lacks rage and invites pity

Movie Reviews Surely no offense to Anne Hathaway and James Franco was intended when some bloggers revived the idea that Kevin Spacey ought to host next year’s Oscars. It might not be a bad idea. After all, he’s p...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Gray Matter

And Everything Is Going Fine explores Spalding Gray’s corpus, not mind

Movie Reviews Steven Soderbergh’s new film does not ask: But who was Spalding Gray, really? That’s a nonstarter, if only because the act of asking is best left to Gray himself.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Hat Trick

The Illusionist paints a magical picture

Movie Reviews Sight unseen, there may be some misunderstandings about The Illusionist. This animated Oscar nominee should not be confused with the Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti 2006 period piece of the same name, although ...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer

Brass Tacks

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench trumpets firm fundamentals

Movie Reviews Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a jazz-inflected song-and-dance musical about the minor-key vicissitudes of urban romance. What a good idea for a movie, we might think at first, as if it were just a matter ...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Jonathan Kiefer
 
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