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The Hopefulness of Frances Ha Is Constant. Frances Ha
Here's to Frances Ha, not quite a real person yet.
, May 23, 2013
New York is a cruel and beautiful place, just as 27 is a cruel and beautiful age. In Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig plays a woman who's feeling the... More>>
Cannes: Heli Is Family Drama Set Against Mexico’s Drug Wars Cannes: Heli Is Family Drama Set Against Mexico’s Drug Wars
, May 23, 2013
One of the most exciting things about attending the Cannes Film Festival is being among the first people to see the films the world will be... More>>
A Brief History of the Lens Flares Technique — and the End of Film A Brief History of the Lens Flares Technique — and the End of Film
, May 23, 2013
Daniel Mindel, A.S.C., is part of an ever-shrinking population: cinematographers who have yet to shoot a feature digitally. He acknowledges that... More>>
Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in their Dresses Hoping for? Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in their Dresses Hoping for?
, May 23, 2013
Nearly everyone I know who has seen the official poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival — a bird’s-eye view of a kiss between a... More>>
Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Can Raise The Bling Ring Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Can Raise The Bling Ring
But I haven’t given up on Sofia Coppola.
, May 23, 2013
The biggest puzzlement of these early days of the festival comes from Sofia Coppola, one of my favorite working directors. Until now, I have... More>>
Cannes: Young & Beautiful Is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl Cannes: Young & Beautiful Is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl
, May 23, 2013
François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful, a portrait of a 17-year-old French call girl, is something else again. This is another story... More>>
Cannes: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio Cannes: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio
, May 23, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen—anyone, really, who cares about his or her mug—step right up. According to a bit of advice proffered in one of... More>>
Cannes: Refn’s Again with Ryan Gosling, but Only God Forgives Isn’t in the Same League as Drive
, May 23, 2013
Expectations here in Cannes were high—or at least semi-high—for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, in which Kristin... More>>
Cannes: The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis Cannes: The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis
, May 23, 2013
I. First, Something About the Badges (Then We’ll Get to the Coens) Someday I’m going to write a song and call it “Ballad of... More>>
Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs
, May 23, 2013
Justin Lin may strike some as out of place in the pantheon of contemporary auteurs. The Taiwanese-born American filmmaker, best known for having... More>>
Star Trek Heads into Darkness and Familiar Territory Star Trek Into Darkness
Throwing canon to the wind in the follow-up to the 2009 reboot.
, May 16, 2013
'Who are you?" pleads a doomed man as Benedict Cumberbatch looms into his first close-up in Star Trek Into Darkness. The answer is Khan. And... More>>
The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby
Gatsby's sometimes great, but not always good.
, May 09, 2013
There's a scene in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in which Leonardo DiCaprio's hyperrich, super-awkward Jay Gatsby takes it upon himself to... More>>
Assault on Wall Street Assault on Wall Street
Uwe Boll's solution to the crash? Bloodshed.
, May 09, 2013
Uwe Boll's rep is on the upswing, but, really, what other direction could it go? The consensus choice for the world's worst professional director... More>>
R.I.P., Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Handmade Fantasy R.I.P., Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Handmade Fantasy
, May 09, 2013
In the course of reviewing movies in the early 2000s, just as computer-generated special effects were becoming radically sophisticated and were... More>>
Rashomom Stories We Tell
Sarah Polley gets to know all the women her mother is.
, May 09, 2013
Jean-Luc Godard said, "All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun." But really, all you need is a girl, preferably a charismatic one with a... More>>
Hollywood: Enough with the Father-Son Dramas, Already! Hollywood: Enough with the Father-Son Dramas, Already!
, May 09, 2013
In his new film, the social drama At Any Price, director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani examines how the transformation of food into intellectual... More>>
What Gatsby Gets Wrong: Ten Ways the New Movie Will Trip Up the Lazy Students of Tomorrow What Gatsby Gets Wrong: Ten Ways the New Movie Will Trip Up the Lazy Students of Tomorrow , May 09, 2013
The only thing we English teachers hate more than SparkNotes is a high-quality, mostly faithful movie version of a book. Why would a student slog... More>>
Iron Man 3: Iron Deficiency Iron Man 3: Iron Deficiency
It's shtick and explosions for the great Robert Downey, Jr.
, May 02, 2013
Where has Robert Downey Jr. gone? There's no doubt he's the star of Iron Man 3; he sprints through the picture like a neurotic panther. And yet... More>>
Travis Bickle and Annie Hall Deserve Better Travis Bickle and Annie Hall Deserve Better
The Big Wedding is vile, racists and embarrassing.
, May 02, 2013
When Michael Haneke's sobering end-of-life drama Amour premiered at Cannes last May, many critics reflected on the presence of a shared cultural... More>>
Fear of a Shane Black Planet: The Iron Man 3 Auteur's Career, Reconsidered Fear of a Shane Black Planet: The Iron Man 3 Auteur's Career, Reconsidered
, May 02, 2013
Iron Man 3 opens this week. For some viewers the film's appeal isn't the eponymous superhero, but the sarcastic-yet-sensitive hero behind the... More>>
Ramin Bahrani: Expand or Die Ramin Bahrani: Expand or Die
For At Any Price director Ramin Bahrani, bigger films demand bigger targets.
, May 02, 2013
Responding to the uproar earlier this month over the passage — and President Obama's signage — of the so-called "Monsanto Protection... More>>
What Is a Movie Critic's Job in the Summer of Comic Books? A Discussion What Is a Movie Critic's Job in the Summer of Comic Books? A Discussion
, May 02, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek is the new chief film critic at the Village Voice. Alan Scherstuhl is the Voice's film editor. Sometimes they gab about how... More>>
Pain & Gain: American Idiots Pain & Gain
Michael Bay injects potent absurdity into the unbelievable true story of Pain & Gain.
, April 25, 2013
Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) believes life has cheated him. Doesn't America promise riches and luxury to people who deserve it? He's worked hard... More>>
Mud: Killer Matthew Mud
McConaughey is great again, in Mud.
, April 25, 2013
Has anyone ever been so perfectly cast as Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused? Sculpted entirely of charisma and cheekbones yet still... More>>
Mad Men: Five Academic Theories Explaining Life at SCDP Mad Men: Five Academic Theories Explaining Life at SCDP
, April 25, 2013
Just as Mad Men charms its viewers by using sex, drugs, snappy banter and pretty people to make heavy topics (sexism, racism, dreams diffused)... More>>
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