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I happily read The Earth Dies Screaming through, all 433 pages of acute, often brilliant writing. And also often funny as hell.
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Echo in the Canyon is a sublimely moving documentary celebration of a nonpareil moment when, a half century ago, the Southern California scene boasted giants of music.
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By Gerald Peary When was the last time that the promo short advertising a film festival turns out to be a mini-masterpiece? That’s what happened at the 21st Provincetown Film Festival, Jun…
Joanna Hogg refuses by aesthetic principle to put a lot of inflection into her scenes, steering them away from melodrama and even heated drama. As a result, some episodes are half-baked, ske…
In the case of a scene set in the Lodz Ghetto, the lineup of characters on the way to the concentration camps veered, for me, close to Holocaust porn.
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If you’re the kind of person who coveted every word and wild-man gesture of inebriated Hunter S. Thompson, The Beach Bum could be your movie.
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"The world is in very bad shape, but cinema in a way is a peaceful life." -- Agnès Varda
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I saw a handful of fiction films which were well directed, capably acted, and offered meaningful stories.
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The first three films I watched at SXSW this year were picked by me with the editors in mind. Not coincidentally, the editors also had pedigreed Massachusetts roots.
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Greta is a slight, uninspired by-the-numbers genre film -- we’ve seen this paranoia-inducing tale too often.
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It is safe to predict that the winner in this category will one of the entries that squares off against mortality.
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Did I try to fit in at my segregated school, betraying my father and his values to be a popular white boy?
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Shame on you, Academy, for such feeble, uninspired, downer picks.
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Not since Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up and L’Aventura has there been such a mesmerizing tale of the more you look, the less you find out.
How will PC New Englanders react to seeing nutria gunned down by hunters, and some bashed on their heads to make sure they are dead?
Reading is treated as a commodity, namedropping literary titles as a way for middlebrow film audiences to feel proud of themselves for being in the know.
The Lady from Shanghai is a black comedy of manners, a “film noir” near-masterpiece.
Sylvain Chomet's sublime 2004 feature is a shimmering, knowing homage to the beginnings of sound animation.
In 1957's Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth makes an indelible impression as a screen siren, as sexy as in her '40s heyday.
I made a pledge last week to compromise my movie going, and in a silly, humiliating way.
Womanizing Astaire grasps that Rita is the loveliest catch of all, and a keeper, in this musical treat.
Tony Zierra’s film is a worthy and interesting one, but I admit to becoming worn down by the endless litany of unglamorous ways that protagonist Leon Vitali worked his butt off for the gen…
Let the Sunshine In is French filmmaker Claire Denis's one-note ode to the power of love even when, in this case, love stinks like dead fish.
Claire’s Camera is enjoyable and charming, but it’s definitely minor Hong, made on a lark at Cannes.
Food porn? You know it when you see it.
Red Sparrow isn’t great in any way, but, at two hours and twenty minutes, we do get our money’s worth of old-school genre entertainment.
The film becomes a made-for-TV trial melodrama, with actors delivering oratorical speeches and the plot spinning several times with contrived, made-to-shock revelations.
Could Dorothy Malone be the only person in the world to have dated both Sinatra and Liberace?
Credit director Elisabeth Subrin for being resourceful in incorporating her cast’s real-life situations into her storytelling.
How palpable is the combat in Nowhere to Hide!
Robert Frank had dared overturn the central conceit of the great photographs of the Farm Administration 1930s; that the poor were noble creatures.