The Dissolve: Essential Reviews Viewing, the best of the besten-usMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500300Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jaromil Jires&rsquo; 1970 Czech New Wave classic delves into the subconscious of a 13-year-old girl, which takes her through a fantasy realm, but reflects the adolescent experience as well as any coming-of-age film ever made.&nbsp;</span></p> Judy BermanMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1"><i>Senna</i> director Asif Kapadia unpacks the mysteries of Amy Winehouse&rsquo;s tragic life with a heartbreaking documentary that exposes the toxic influences around her, and the mysteries at the core of her music.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Land<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A thrilling documentary explores the borderland where those on both sides of the drug war end up with dirty hands.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Easy Pieces<p>Bob Rafelson&rsquo;s New Hollywood classic is remembered for its famous diner scene, but there&rsquo;s much more to cherish about this character study, which explores the surprising roots of Jack Nicholson&rsquo;s blue-collar oilman.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Rory Culkin&rsquo;s mesmerizing but not showy performance as a mentally ill young man anchors this stunning debut from writer-director Lou Howe.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Out<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The latest from Pixar takes an energetic but ultimately tender and sympathetic trip through the mind of a young girl experiencing traumatic life transitions.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonWed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Tribe<p>Set at a school for the deaf, a Ukrainian film eschews any sort of verbal language as it tells a rough story about non-conformity and its consequences in an isolated community.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Vertov: The Man With The Movie Camera And Other Restored Works<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Named one of the top 10 movies of all time in the most recent Sight And Sound poll, a restored version of <i>The Man With The Movie Camera</i> joins three lesser-known Dziga Vertov efforts on Blu-ray.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Wolfpack<p class="p1"><span class="s1">While isolated and home-schooled in their Lower East Side apartment, six teenage brothers processed American culture through movies and moviemaking. Crystal Moselle&rsquo;s raw but intimate documentary explores their obsession.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonWed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">After collaborating on <i>Bridesmaids</i> and <i>The Heat</i>, Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy come together for their funniest comedy to date, a sneakily progressive spy-movie parody about a meek, disrespected CIA analyst who&rsquo;s called into action.&nbsp;</span></p> Genevieve KoskiThu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Dors Nicole<p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;It&rsquo;s hard to build a movie entirely on grace notes, but St&eacute;phane Lafleur&rsquo;s gorgeous black-and-white reverie about youths in summer comes awfully close.</span></p> Mike D'AngeloThu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Knows What<p>The directors of <em>Lenny Cooke</em> take on a feature drama, but their New York addiction story sticks close to real life, using largely non-professional actors and working from a memoir by their lead actor.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Marnie Was There<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The last movie currently on the Studio Ghibli docket, Hiromasa Yonebayashi&rsquo;s gorgeous feature about an asthmatic girl who meets a strange friend in the country shows the animation house continuing to raise the bar on lavish, detailed imagery.&nbsp;</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Max: Fury Road<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Director George Miller returns to his post-apocalyptic series for the first time since 1985&rsquo;s <i>Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome</i>, setting a new standard for action while addressing tough philosophical questions.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsWed, 13 May 2015 10:38:49 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Martin Scorsese&rsquo;s gangster classic returns in a Blu-ray edition that just confirms its timelessness.</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Train<p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;John Frankenheimer&rsquo;s 1964 WWII film sends the black-and-white action film out in style.</span></p> Scott TobiasMon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Age Of Ultron<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Writer-director Joss Whedon improves on the first Avengers movie with an exciting, fast-paced superhero adventure that serves its many characters while weighing the difficulties of doing the right thing in a complicated world.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsTue, 28 Apr 2015 15:46:46 -0500 High<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A benchmark for black filmmaking in the 1970s, Michael Schultz&rsquo;s&nbsp; film could be called an inner-city answer to <i>American Graffiti</i> if its memories of growing up in Chicago&rsquo;s Near North Side weren&rsquo;t so specific.</span></p> Craig J. ClarkMon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Blues<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Adapted from Charles Willeford&rsquo;s crime novel, George Armitage&rsquo;s colorful 1990 Florida noir is by turns fizzy and menacing, and a brilliant showcase for Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Fred Ward.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Cobain: Montage Of Heck<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Enhanced by access to the artist&rsquo;s archives, Brett Morgen&rsquo;s look at the life of Kurt Cobain avoids rehashing familiar facts in favor of finding the man beneath them.</span></p> Scott TobiasThu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 River<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Director Jean Renoir worked in black-and-white his entire career&mdash;and then traveled to India for a sumptuous production that Martin Scorsese ranks as one of the most beautiful films ever made in color.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsMon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Man Out<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Two years before making <i>The Third Man</i>, director Carol Reed ventured into noir-like territory with this thriller starring a great James Mason as a wounded Irish nationalist seeking shelter in Northern Ireland after a botched robbery.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsMon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Of Sils Maria<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart anchor a two-hander about intimacy and performance that cannily reflects the maturation of both its director and star.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Elly<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Finally making its U.S. theatrical debut, Asghar Farhadi&rsquo;s devastating 2009 ensemble piece about a woman&rsquo;s disappearance on vacation anticipates the riveting, prismatic drama of <i>A Separation</i> and <i>The Past</i>. &nbsp;</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Sucias<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Two estranged brothers venture from Buenaventura, Colombia up the Pacific coast with a cocaine-packed torpedo shell in tow in Josef Kubota Wladyka&rsquo;s tense, beautifully shot, and socially attuned thriller.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Of Heaven<br>Vernon, Florida<br>The Thin Blue Line<p>Now available on two Criterion Blu-rays&mdash;his first two films in one, the third in the other&mdash;Errol Morris&rsquo; verit&eacute; portraits of eccentrics in <em>Gates Of Heaven</em> and <em>Vernon, Florida</em> look different than the stylized true crime of <em>The Thin Blue Line</em>, but they have a lot in common.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A thoughtful second feature from the team behind <i>Resolution</i> uses the supernatural to explore intimate themes.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Follows<p>The fright runs deep in a symbolically rich new horror film from the director of <em>The Myth Of The American Sleepover</em>.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Soft Skin<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Fran&ccedil;ois Truffaut&rsquo;s follow-up to a three-masterpiece run looks like a movie made by someone exploring tone, characterization, and his own skills.</span></p> Keith PhippsMon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p>A dark comedy considers life on the fringes of the American economy through the eyes of a character with the will, but not the wits, to scam his way to stability.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 04 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0600 The Elephant<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A documentary observes the chaotic first year at an experimental New Jersey school.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Day In The Country<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jean Renoir&rsquo;s 40-minute masterpiece, based on the Guy de Maupassant short story &ldquo;A Country Excursion,&rdquo; still impresses with its lush imagery, sexual candor, and exquisite proportionality.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600 We Do In The Shadows<p class="p1"><span class="s1"><i>Flight Of The Conchords</i>&rsquo; Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement bring the show&rsquo;s whimsy&nbsp;to a hilarious mockumentary about centuries-old vampires dealing with the mundanity of the real world.</span></p> Nathan RabinWed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600’t Look Now<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nicolas Roeg&rsquo;s chilly examination of grief and memory still looks ahead of its time.</span></p> Scott TobiasMon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Palm Beach Story<p>One of Preston Sturges&rsquo; best, funniest films tries to find out what happens to marriages after &ldquo;happily every after.&rdquo;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600<p><em>Bamako</em>&rsquo;s Abderrahmane Sissako returns with a film about the Islamist takeover of Timbuktu that&rsquo;s both tragic and effortlessly humane.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Winnipeg<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Truth and tall tales collide in Guy Maddin&rsquo;s whimsical reminiscence about his hometown, which mythologizes a place and a people who chose not to make a big deal about themselves.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Duke Of Burgundy<p class="p1"><span class="s1">All is not what it seems, in more ways than one, in a Peter Strickland-directed homage to European softcore, which has more than titillation on its mind.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600, Anything<p>Writer-director Paul Harrill stakes out new ground in the well-trodden territory of movie protagonists who check out of their lives. In this case, it&rsquo;s a woman who re-evaluates her career and marriage after a miscarriage.</p> Matthew DessemWed, 07 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0600<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Immediacy, in all its senses, defines Ava DuVernay&rsquo;s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Days, One Night<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne offer yet another masterwork with this wrenching story about solar-panel-factory employee who asks her co-workers to give up their annual bonus so she can keep her job.&nbsp;</span></p> Mike D'AngeloMon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Sleep<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nuri Bilge Ceylan&rsquo;s Palme d&rsquo;Or-winning follow up to <i>Once Upon A Time In Anatolia</i> takes the form of a study in delusion and arrogance.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Turner<p class="p1"><span class="s1">In this sumptuous yet earthy biopic about early-19th-century painter J.M.W. Turner, Mike Leigh profiles an artist whose personal failings are neither forgiven nor allowed to overwhelm his accomplishments.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsWed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Of The Grim Sleeper<p class="p1"><span class="s1">For two decades, a serial killer nicknamed the &ldquo;Grim Sleeper&rdquo; was able to slaughter prostitutes and crack addicts at will in his South Central neighborhood. Nick Broomfield&rsquo;s damning documentary accounts for how he got away with it for so long.&nbsp;</span></p> Nathan RabinWed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Long Goodbye<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Before <i>Inherent Vice</i>, there was Robert Altman&rsquo;s definitive SoCal noir, which adapts a Raymond Chandler novel into a shaggy private-eye picture that&rsquo;s full of hazy atmosphere and irreverent attitude.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Vice<p>Paul Thomas Anderson&rsquo;s masterful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon&rsquo;s 2009 mystery novel sends pot-smoking P.I. Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) on a case that signals the changing Southern California culture of 1970.</p> Keith PhippsTue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Plagued by a mysterious allergy to everything, a woman seeks a cure in Todd Haynes&rsquo; 1995 masterpiece.</span></p> Scott TobiasMon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Blank: Always For Pleasure<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Criterion collects nearly 10 hours of Blank&rsquo;s docs about food, music, and life in this set, showcasing films Werner Herzog say teach more about America than 500 books.</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600’Avventura<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The shock has worn off Michelangelo Antonioni&rsquo;s 1960 breakthrough, but that hasn&rsquo;t made it any less powerful.</span></p> Scott TobiasMon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Babadook<p class="p1"><span class="s1">An Australian horror movie summons a terrifying monster out of parental fears.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Conformist<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Bernardo Bertolucci&rsquo;s landmark film about the making of an Italian fascist (Jean-Louis Trintignant) has a gorgeous, Expressionist grandeur, courtesy of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsMon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Happened One Night<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Frank Capra&rsquo;s 1934 film captured a spirit of abandon that defined the romantic-comedy genre, and set a model for all the ones that followed.</span></p> Scott TobiasMon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Shooting / Ride In The Whirlwind<p class="p1"><span class="s1">In 1965, Roger Corman gave director Monte Hellman and actor Jack Nicholson $150,000 to shoot back-to-back Westerns in the Utah desert. They returned with two spare, elliptical films that helped redefine the genre.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A sharp new Blu-ray brings out the long-lost detail in 1920&rsquo;s German Expressionist touchstone <i>The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari</i>, in ways that make a nearly century-old film feel modern again.</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p class="p1"><span class="s1"><i>Capote</i> director Bennett Miller returns to true crime with this chilling story about a Pennsylvania multimillionaire whose relationship with two brothers, both Olympic wrestling champions, ends tragically.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayWed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Of Jason / Ornette: Made In America<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Director Shirley Clarke shocked the squares with her 1962 underground hit <i>The Connection</i>. A pair of reissued Clarke documentaries took a similarly frank approach to profiling radical artists.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Set on an Earth doomed to extinction, Christopher Nolan&rsquo;s beautiful, overreaching, often ineloquent science-fiction epic follows a team of NASA explorers scouting a new habitat for humanity.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsTue, 04 Nov 2014 13:27:39 -0600<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Robert Greene&rsquo;s provocative documentary mixes intimate slice-of-life and staged sequences to profile Brandy Burre, an actress approaching 40 while playing many roles at once.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayTue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Complete Jacques Tati<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The six comedies and plethora of bonus features on this new Criterion box set reveal how Jacques Tati told the story of French progress after World War II.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 To Language<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Working in 3-D for the first time, Jean-Luc Godard synthesizes his ideas about technology and different ways of seeing with a format that allows for a radical layering of images. In short, it&rsquo;s &ldquo;Godard: The Ride.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> David Ehrlich Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Vanishing<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Rightly considered one of the scariest non-horror films ever made, George Sluizer&rsquo;s abduction thriller cuts chillingly between the perspectives of a husband searching for his missing wife and the man who kidnapped her.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Laura Poitras&rsquo; documentary about Edward Snowden captures history as it happens.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Majeure<p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">An inciting incident on holiday calls a family&rsquo;s connection into question in this incisive, pointed drama.</span></em></p> Scott TobiasTue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Of The Sky<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Edet Belzberg&rsquo;s profound documentary connects a century of genocides around the world and finds hope in the brave, insistent forces of resistance who try to prevent them.</span></p> Keith PhippsThu, 16 Oct 2014 00:05:00 -0500 Up Philip<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Alex Ross Perry&rsquo;s third feature examines difficult men of letters and the damage they leave in their wake.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Tale Of The Princess Kaguya<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Based on a Japanese folktale about a girl born from a bamboo shoot and the elderly, childless couple that raises her, Isao Takahata&rsquo;s lyrical new Studio Ghibli gem has animation so gorgeous, any given frame could pass for a masterwork.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayTue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Darling Clementine<p class="p1"><span class="s1">John Ford was at the height of his mythmaking powers when he took on the Wyatt Earp legend, which turns on Henry Fonda&rsquo;s ambiguous performance as the storied lawman.</span></p> Scott TobiasMon, 13 Oct 2014 00:03:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Damien Chazelle&rsquo;s Sundance winner provides a terrific showcase for J.K. Simmons as a music teacher who gets results by terrorizing his students, including a young drumming prodigy played by Miles Teller.&nbsp;</span></p> Nathan RabinWed, 08 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Overnighters<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Lutheran pastor finds his charitable impulse has consequences in a gripping, twisty documentary that unfolds against the North Dakota fracking boom.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 07 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Beauty<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Following <i>Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs</i> and <i>Cinderella</i>, Walt Disney&rsquo;s <i>Sleeping Beauty</i> is the weakest of his fairy-tale princess movies narratively, but remains the most beautiful movie the studio ever made.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Innocents<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This 1961 adaptation of Henry James&rsquo; gothic ghost story &ldquo;The Turn Of The Screw&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t as ambiguous as some, but it&rsquo;s plenty creepy, and stunningly beautiful.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonMon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Hijack<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta&rsquo;s beautiful, insightful, innovative documentary uses striking images and animation to illuminate the life of a Somali pirate.&nbsp;</span></p> Sheila O’MalleyThu, 02 Oct 2014 00:06:00 -0500 Girl<p class="p1"><span class="s1">David Fincher and Gillian Flynn adapt Flynn&rsquo;s bestselling novel into a chilling, memorable thriller that reads as an optimal meeting between two minds with similar fixations.</span></p> Genevieve KoskiWed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>After Sharon Tate&rsquo;s murder, director Roman Polanski imbued this Shakespeare adaptation with chilling personal resonance while proving that it&rsquo;s possible to serve the playwright and cinema at the same time.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 29 Sep 2014 00:02:00 -0500 In The Shell<p>Mamoru Oshii&rsquo;s anime science-fiction classic takes place in a future where people can have their consciousnesses projected into a cybernetic body. Get past the tech-speak, and it&rsquo;s a fascinating, beautiful speculative fiction.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Boxtrolls<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Packed with complicated, charming gimcrackery, the latest stop-motion-animated whimsy from Laika, home of <i>Coraline</i> and <i>ParaNorman</i>, follows the adventures of quirky cavern-dwelling creatures that live in discarded boxes.&nbsp;</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 25 Sep 2014 00:04:00 -0500 Be And To Have<p>Nicolas Philibert&rsquo;s beautiful observational documentary visits a one-room schoolhouse in rural France, where Georges Lopez, a 35-year teaching veteran set for retirement, patiently leads children of various ages through lessons.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Texas Chain Saw Massacre<p>A mix of the assaultive and the artful, combined with the contributions of Austin-area filmmakers in the cast and crew, made Tobe Hooper&rsquo;s 1974 horror classic as vibrant and beautiful as it is harrowing and ugly.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Guest<p>Dan Stevens (<em>Downton Abbey</em>) finds new depths of seduction and menace in a thriller from Adam Wingard (<em>You&rsquo;re Next</em>).</p> Scott TobiasTue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Of The Past<p>Rightly regarded as one of the best film noirs, Jacques Tourneur&rsquo;s thriller stars Robert Mitchum as a former detective whose old assignment to track down a woman (Jane Greer) in Mexico comes back to haunt him.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Dogs<p>The latest from Tsai Ming-liang (<em>What Time Is It There?</em>, <em>The Hole</em>) might seem off-putting to new viewers. For those who&rsquo;ve followed his career, however, it reveals new depths.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 That Jazz<p>In a groundbreaking musical-&agrave;-clef, director Bob Fosse laid his own life bare onscreen, following a director and choreographer (Roy Scheider) as he works on a stage show, edits a movie, and heads toward a nervous breakdown.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Up<p>Like <em>A Prophet</em>, David Mackenzie and Jonathan Asser&rsquo;s tremendously powerful <em>Starred Up </em>drops a 19-year-old felon into a complicated, dangerous adult prison system. But in this case, the kid may be the most dangerous thing there.</p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 28 Aug 2014 00:04:00 -0500 Margot<p>A restored director&rsquo;s cut of a 1994 arthouse favorite reveals it as the bloody, complicated historical drama it always was&mdash;regardless of how it was advertised.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Mack Sennett Collection Vol. One / Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies 1916-1917<p>Two new box sets cover the overlapping careers of Mack Sennett and Charlie Chaplin, among early cinema&rsquo;s greatest innovators. One includes a wide range of Sennett productions, the other a transitional period in Chaplin&rsquo;s work.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Is Strange<p>After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot. And that&rsquo;s where the trouble starts in Ira Sachs&rsquo; subtle, beautifully observed and acted drama about family and long-term relationships.</p> Keith PhippsWed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Tu Mamá También<p>After some luckless years in Hollywood, writer-director Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n retreated to Mexico for a small, personal film that would change the course of his career.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Streams<p>Released in 1984, <em>Love Streams</em> wasn&rsquo;t John Cassavetes&rsquo; final film, but it plays like a summation of his career.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Won't Grow Old Together<p>Maurice Pialat&rsquo;s self-lacerating portrait of a relationship in decline radically departs from conventional storytelling without ever calling attention to itself.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Hill<p>In an atmospheric study of life on the fringes of a small Missouri town, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo let viewers draw their own conclusions.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Essential Jacques Demy<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A new box set spans the career of Jacques Demy, director of <i>The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg</i> and other moving flights of fancy.</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 For The Prosecution / The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes<p>In adapting stories by Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, director Billy Wilder married the slanginess and gusto of Hollywood films with the sophistication of his European roots.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>David Cronenberg&rsquo;s breakthrough sold gorehounds on exploding heads, but his story about a confrontation between telepaths packs the brainy, metaphorical punch that defined his career going forward.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Of The Planet Of The Apes<p>After reviving the <em>Planet Of The Apes</em> series with&nbsp;<em>Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes</em>, the franchise offers a&nbsp;strong sequel that&nbsp;puts the now-dominant apes into conflict with a pocket of humanity.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsThu, 10 Jul 2014 00:05:00 -0500<p>Twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater&rsquo;s astonishing experiment in narrative filmmaking follows the emotional development of one boy from age 6 to 18, and reveals Linklater&rsquo;s artistic development in kind.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayThu, 10 Jul 2014 00:03:00 -0500 Comfort<p>A group of Louisiana National Guardsmen fall into conflict with Cajun swamp-dwellers on the bayou in Walter Hill&rsquo;s superb action-thriller, which is and isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;about&rdquo; Vietnam.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Itself<p>Roger Ebert&rsquo;s advocacy helped Steve James&rsquo; <em>Hoop Dreams</em> become a sensation. Now James returns the favor with a sensitive, inspiring, warts-and-all portrait of the late critic, who offered lessons on life and death.&nbsp;</p> Genevieve KoskiThu, 03 Jul 2014 00:05:00 -0500 Cousin Once Removed<p>An unusual, affecting documentary looks at the last days of Edwin Honig, a highly regarded scholar, as he loses his mental faculties to Alzheimer&rsquo;s. His condition lets his filmmaker cousin consider who he was, and what remains.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (<em>The Host</em>) makes his English-language debut with a sharp, allegorical science-fiction thriller about an ice-covered future where all humanity shares the same perpetually moving train.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsThu, 26 Jun 2014 00:02:00 -0500 At Hanging Rock<p>Peter Weir&rsquo;s breakthrough film about the disappearances at a girls&rsquo; boarding school in 1900 Victoria signaled the coming of the Australian New Wave, but its origins and conclusions remain clouded in seductive mystery.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 23 Jun 2014 00:02:37 -0500 And Minds<p>Peter Davis&rsquo; landmark documentary on the Vietnam War&mdash;which took a broad view in its examination of America&rsquo;s role in the conflict&mdash;has lost none of its impact over the years, nor any of its relevance.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>A cross between the <em>Twilight Zone</em> episode &ldquo;The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street&rdquo; and <em>Primer</em>, James Ward Byrkit&rsquo;s mind-bending science fiction deals with the temporal hiccups caused by a passing comet.</p> Mike D'AngeloTue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500’Eclisse<p>With <em>L&rsquo;Eclisse</em>, Michelangelo Antonioni brought his trilogy on the theme of alienation to a close. This film is the least subtle of the bunch, but in many ways the most unforgettable.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Nutty Professor<p>In just his fourth film as a director, Jerry Lewis brought Frank Tashlin&rsquo;s anything-for-a-gag philosophy to bear on one of his funniest vehicles, in which he plays the dual role of a nerdy professor and a Sinatra-esque super-stud he creates in his lab.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Child<p>Gillian Robespierre&rsquo;s romantic comedy has gotten a lot of attention for its treatment of abortion, but that&rsquo;s only the most prominent example of its refreshing candor, embodied by star Jenny Slate.</p> Genevieve KoskiWed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 River<p>Criterion&rsquo;s first-ever Howard Hawks movie release is this masterful 1948 Western, featuring a dark performance by John Wayne as a temperamental cattle rancher with a complicated relationship with his adopted son.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Moves<p>Kelly Reichardt&rsquo;s slow-burn thriller follows a trio of environmental activists&mdash;played by Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard&mdash;as they commit a crime that threatens to unmake itself with each step.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Camp<p>This one-of-a-kind horror film isn&rsquo;t traditionally good, but that&rsquo;s part of what makes it great.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Immigrant<p>James Gray&rsquo;s latest New York story re-creates history with a rare sense of urgency.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 15 May 2014 00:05:00 -0500 Sorpasso<p>This classic Italian road movie is full of surface pleasures, and plenty beneath the surface for those who choose to look.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Bridges Of Madison County<p>Robert James Waller&rsquo;s bestselling romance novel about an affair between a photographer and a farmer&rsquo;s wife won little respect from critics, but Clint Eastwood&rsquo;s adaptation redeems every clich&eacute;.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>William Friedkin&rsquo;s adaptation of George Arnaud&rsquo;s novel <em>The Wages Of Fear</em> bombed in 1977, but the director&rsquo;s passion for this often exhilarating thriller has resulted in a sterling new Blu-ray edition.&nbsp;</p> Sam AdamsMon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Ruin<p>Jeremy Saulnier&rsquo;s darkly comic revenge thriller about a man woefully ill-suited to exacting revenge bears a strong Coen brothers influence, most significantly in its flawed yet tragically relatable protagonist.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 24 Apr 2014 12:05:44 -0500<p>Writer-director Steven Knight, who scripted <em>Eastern Promises </em>and <em>Dirty Pretty Things</em> and created the show <em>Who Wants To Be A Millionaire</em>, puts Tom Hardy in the driver&rsquo;s seat in this powerful morality play on wheels.&nbsp;</p> David EhrlichThu, 24 Apr 2014 12:05:31 -0500 Five Obstructions<p>Lars von Trier&rsquo;s playful, approachable side comes out in this documentary, in which he asks fellow Danish filmmaker J&oslash;rgen Leth to remake his avant-garde short &ldquo;The Perfect Human&rdquo; five times under various conditions.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 In Cell Block 11<p>In the wake of the 1952 riot at Jackson State Prison, producer Walter Wanger and director Don Siegel addressed a hot-button social issue with two-fisted genre chops in this tough yet nuanced action-drama.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Pawnbroker<p>One of the first American films to address the Holocaust, Sidney Lumet&rsquo;s shattering 1964 drama chronicles the haunted life of a concentration-camp survivor (Rod Steiger) who works as a pawnbroker in East Harlem.&nbsp;</p> Nathan RabinMon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>In Zach Parker&rsquo;s Hitchcockian study in multiple pathologies, a young woman goes to a support group after she miscarries, but the grieving mother she befriends isn&rsquo;t who she appears to be.&nbsp;</p> Mike D'AngeloWed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>Czech animator Jan Svankmajer mixes live-action, puppetry, and stop-motion animation in his surreal 1988 adaptation of Lewis Carroll&rsquo;s <em>Alice&rsquo;s Adventures In Wonderland</em>, turning the children&rsquo;s classic into a hypnotic nightmare.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 The Waves<p>A transitional Lars von Trier film found the director between two styles, and drawing from both&mdash;while also discovering the dramatic power of putting female characters in torment.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Lovers Left Alive<p>Proving that there&rsquo;s still energy left in the tired vampire-romance genre, writer-director Jim Jarmusch and stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston find their own idiosyncratic angle.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>David Gordon Green&rsquo;s bleak, eviscerating drama about an ex-convict (Nicolas Cage) trying to contain the violence around and within him is leavened by the director&rsquo;s sense of humor and play.&nbsp;</p> Nathan RabinTue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>&nbsp;On the run from gangland employers in London, a vicious collector (James Fox) changes his identity and hides out with a former rocker (Mick Jagger) in Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg&rsquo;s radical play on genre and identity.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>This 1966 anomaly forms the fractious centerpiece of Ingmar Bergman&rsquo;s career, with the previously self-sequestering director engaging with the changes in international cinema for the first time, and going full-bore into the avant-garde.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 The Skin<p>Jonathan Glazer&rsquo;s abstract, discordant yet daring, and even poignant science-fiction book adaptation follows an alien huntress (Scarlett Johansson) as she travels through Scotland, looking for men to seduce and ensnare, but developing deeper curiosities.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 03 Apr 2014 13:05:19 -0500 Volume II<p>Picking up where <em>Volume I</em> left off, Lars von Trier&rsquo;s arresting opus follows Charlotte Gainsbourg&rsquo;s protagonist as she becomes desensitized to sex and resorts to desperate measures to get any kind of feeling back.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 03 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Freshman<p>In his biggest hit, Harold Lloyd shows off his physical and comedic skills&mdash;as well as his agelessness&mdash;as a hapless college student who joins the football team. The result is a slobs versus snobs touchstone.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Volume I<p>The first part of Lars von Trier&rsquo;s latest provocation uses one woman&rsquo;s complete sexual history to address his career-long preoccupations with gender roles, authoritarianism, religion, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>obsessive behavior, and lust.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:02:00 -0500 Missing Picture<p>Documentarian Rithy Panh takes novel measures to fill in the blanks of Cambodia&rsquo;s recent past.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Hidden Fortress<p>Akira Kurosawa&rsquo;s biggest international hit pre-<em>Yojimbo</em> has inspired many imitators, most famously <em>Star Wars</em>. But while its widescreen adventure owes a lot to American Westerns, it also remains a perfect gateway for Westerners interested in Kurosawa.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 & Celestine<p>There&rsquo;s a familiar, tired trope at the center of this Oscar-nominated, C&eacute;sar-winning French animated feature about a mouse and a bear who become friends, but that doesn&rsquo;t hold it back in the slightest.</p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 13 Mar 2014 00:11:01 -0500 Washington<p>Sundance rejected David Gordon&rsquo;s Green 2000 debut, but it still helped redefine what we expect from American indie films.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500<p>In detailing the relationship between an Israeli intelligence officer and the Palestinian teenager he uses as a double agent, Yuval Adler&rsquo;s tense drama smartly defies the glamour and allure of ordinary spy narratives.&nbsp;</p> Noah BerlatskyThu, 06 Mar 2014 00:03:00 -0600 Grand Budapest Hotel<p>&nbsp;Wes Anderson&rsquo;s latest takes place in an elegant hotel where the service remains impeccable, even as real-world barbarity threatens to check in.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Of The Hill<p>After <em>Kafka</em> put Steven Soderbergh&rsquo;s ascendent career in a tailspin, he recovered with this lovely evocation of a young boy growing up alone in Depression-era Kansas City.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p>Resonances of Roman Polanski&rsquo;s personal tragedies, both received and inflicted, inform his adaptation of Thomas Hardy&rsquo;s pessimistic 1891 novel, which follows its heroine (Nastassja Kinski) through a world of senseless cruelty.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsMon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Correspondent<p>Two decades before <em>Psycho</em>, Alfred Hitchcock pulled off another mid-film gearshift in this 1940 international thriller, which starts as a droll chronicle of a na&iuml;ve American reporter in Europe, and morphs into a warning of encroaching dangers.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p>Long before director Sam Raimi took on <em>Spider-Man</em>&mdash;and about two decades before Liam Neeson started vengeful-action-hero roles&mdash; Raimi found a way to explore superhero archetypes with pathos and <em>Evil Dead</em>-style manic humor.&nbsp;</p> Noel MurrayMon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Mr. Fox<p>Wes Anderson&rsquo;s stop-motion adaptation of a Roald Dahl children&rsquo;s book represented a number of personal firsts, but even changing his style and working method doesn&rsquo;t erase the quintessential Roald Dahliness of it all.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 And Jim<p>Fran&ccedil;ois Truffaut&rsquo;s modernist Pygmalion, still the standard of all screen love triangles, is one of the rare movies that takes on different resonances depending on when in life a viewer experiences it.&nbsp;</p> Carrie RickeyMon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Lego Movie<p>Ready to dismiss this animated comedy as shameless brand extension? Not so fast! Fusing elements of <em>Toy Story</em> and <em>The Matrix</em>, Phil Lord and Chris Miller&rsquo;s film leaves room in a busy science-fiction plot for lots of imagination and fun.&nbsp;</p> Keith PhippsThu, 06 Feb 2014 00:05:00 -0600 Long Day Closes<p>Terence Davies&rsquo; memories mingle in his singularly beautiful 1992 nostalgia piece, which positively radiates with love and sadness.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p>Feature debuts don&rsquo;t come much more confident and accomplished than Michael Mann&rsquo;s, which is as meticulous in its execution as its central heist.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 27 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 War Between Men And Women<p>Working biographical details of an author&rsquo;s life into a fictional narrative has become common practice in recent decades, but this Jack Lemmon comedy, inspired by the life of humorist James Thurber, was a rare treat in 1972.</p> Tasha RobinsonMon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600<p>Godfrey Reggio, director of the &ldquo;Qatsi&rdquo; trilogy, returns with another abstract, senses-staggering collage of beautiful images set to Philip Glass music, this time pondering the effects of technology on human life.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 23 Jan 2014 00:02:00 -0600 By The Lake<p>This riveting story mixes thriller material&mdash;furtive public sex, equally furtive murder&mdash;with a balanced style that makes inner mysteries as compelling as outward ones.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Of Blood<p>Akira Kurosawa&rsquo;s interpretation of Shakespeare&rsquo;s <em>Macbeth</em> draws on the traditions of Noh theater to ponder the perhaps-unavoidable consequences of human ambition.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Dallas<p>King Vidor&rsquo;s 1937 melodrama lets audiences in on the selflessness and conflict of a relentless status-seeker played by Barbara Stanwyck. In the process, it fully earns its rep as a &ldquo;weepie.&rdquo;</p> Scott TobiasMon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 1<p>The six films in this Criterion box set of world cinema come from different decades, genres, and countries. They don&rsquo;t have much in common, apart from quality and quiet historical significance.</p> Noel Murray and Scott TobiasMon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Wolf Of Wall Street<p>Martin Scorsese&rsquo;s latest, the rise-and-fall story of real-world convicted stock-market fraudster Jordan Belfort, echoes the savagery of his <em>Raging Bull</em> and the gleeful, celebratory greed of his <em>Goodfellas</em>.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 23 Dec 2013 00:04:00 -0600 Past<p>Asghar Farhadi&rsquo;s follow-up to 2011&rsquo;s <em>A Separation </em>takes another nuanced, sympathetic look at a dissolving Iranian family, this time years after the central couple separates.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Selfish Giant<p>Director Clio Barnard returns to the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, the site of her brilliant documentary <em>The Arbor</em>, for her feature debut, a bleak yet beautiful drama about two delinquents who face an uncertain future after dropping out of school.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>Writing on his own for the first time, Spike Jonze&rsquo;s 21st-century love story of a man and his operating system perfectly captures the mood of the times while exploring timeless themes.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>Penny Marshall&rsquo;s deft comedy about a 12-year-old granted his wish to become 30 offered an early clue about where the career of its multi-talented star, Tom Hanks, might be headed.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 45<p>Abel Ferrara&rsquo;s 1981 feature&mdash;which is receiving a limited theatrical re-release&mdash;uses the language of exploitation movies to say something more complex and sophisticated than its grindhouse roots suggest.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 12 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Poppins<p>P.L. Travers&rsquo; contentious relationship with Walt Disney over the adaptation of her children&rsquo;s novel is the subject of the new movie <em>Saving Mr. Banks</em>, but Disney&rsquo;s live-action musical is a near-masterpiece on its own terms.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Llewyn Davis<p>Joel and Ethan Coen&rsquo;s sad, beautiful new film follows the circular path of a folksinger (Oscar Isaac) who tries, with little luck, to extend his career beyond the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s.</p> Keith PhippsTue, 03 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Of A Citizen Above Suspicion<p>A police inspector murders his lover and deliberately leaves clues pointing to him as a perpetrator. Elio Petri&rsquo;s provocative Best Foreign Language Film winner suggests the corruption within the system and the soul that explains his actions.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 02 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>George Romero&rsquo;s strange, beautiful action epic stars Ed Harris as a motorcycle jouster who practices courtly ideals in a traveling renaissance festival. It&rsquo;s one of the director&rsquo;s best films.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Cultura<p>This enlightening, daring documentary compares the lives of a Mexican cop investigating the many murders made possible by a flourishing drug trade, and a musician getting rich by glorifying the drug-cartel lifestyle.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 20 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Lights<p>Charlie Chaplin&rsquo;s <em>City Lights</em> came along well into the talkie era, but stuck to Silent Era conventions&mdash;to a point. It doesn&rsquo;t ditch sound entirely, just uses it strategically.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>Now restored for a new DVD/Blu-ray, F.W. Murnau&rsquo;s silent vampire classic was nearly destroyed in a legal tussle, which would have deprived the world of Max Schreck&rsquo;s creepy bloodsucker.</p> Noel MurrayTue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>The latest from the director of <em>The Descendants </em>and <em>Sideways </em>returns to the Midwest, and to the banality of everyday life and everyday family drama.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>A superb new anniversary reissue doesn&rsquo;t lend more credence to Oliver Stone&rsquo;s conspiratorial &ldquo;counter-myth&rdquo; to the lone-gunman theory of the Kennedy assassination. But it&rsquo;s a reminder of the shadowy government forces in our midst.</p> Noel MurrayTue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 On Precinct 13 / Body Bags<p>There&rsquo;s a gap in years&nbsp;and quality between John Carpenter&rsquo;s brilliant <em>Rio Bravo</em> homage and his Showtime horror anthology, but both highlight his ability to make the most out of minimal resources.</p> Nathan RabinTue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>Made in the shadow of the controversial <em>Birth Of A Nation, </em>D.W. Griffith&rsquo;s follow-up may be his greatest achievement, a living monument to the early-20th-century turmoil that summoned it to life.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600<p>Unavailable since the pan-and-scan era, Peter Weir&rsquo;s masterful drama uses the near-death experience of a plane-crash survivor (Jeff Bridges) to meditate on the meaning of life.</p> Sam AdamsTue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Birds Walk<p>A documentary about Pakistan&rsquo;s foremost social-welfare organization and the 85-year-old philanthropist behind it would seemingly lend itself to propaganda, but Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq&rsquo;s beautiful film instead offers an emotional, aesthetically striking experience that cuts more deeply than words.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 29 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Notte<p>Michelangelo Antonioni&rsquo;s beguiling vision of a floundering marriage sends its glamorous but disaffected central couple on a boozy journey through an alien, ultra-modern Milan.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 28 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Is The Warmest Color<p>The actor/director squabbles that have overwhelmed the conversation of this sexual-coming-of-age story are a narrow filter for an impressively broad film, shot in widescreen and covering an equally wide gamut of human emotion.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 23 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Is Lost<p>In J.C. Chandor&rsquo;s gripping minimalist survival drama, Robert Redford gives a virtually wordless performance as a yachtsman who copes with a seafaring disaster on the Indian Ocean.</p> Keith PhippsWed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Years A Slave<p>The autobiography of a northern black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 makes for an uncompromising, merciless, riveting film in the hands of <em>Shame </em>director Steve McQueen.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Without A Face<p>This 1960 mad-doctor horror classic was ahead of its time, and was orphaned in its era, as so many truly unique classics are.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 14 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Style<p>The hip-hop time capsule gets the rich reissue it deserves 30 years after its release.</p> Nathan RabinMon, 14 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Phillips<p>The 2009 Somali-pirate hijacking of the <em>Maersk Alabama</em>, captained by Richard Phillips, is a well-known piece of recent news. But Paul Greengrass&rsquo; scrupulous retelling casts the standoff in a new light.</p> Keith PhippsWed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Big Parade<p>King Vidor&rsquo;s 1925 World War I epic was considered the greatest achievement in American film since <em>The Birth Of A Nation</em>, and it remains startling in its grim depiction of combat.</p> Noel MurrayTue, 08 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500<p>Two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) fight for survival in open space in Alfonso Cuar&oacute;n&rsquo;s technically dazzling thriller, which achieves intimacy in the vastness of the cosmos.</p> Keith PhippsThu, 03 Oct 2013 00:04:00 -0500 Touch Of Sin<p>Jia Zhang-ke&rsquo;s geographically diverse survey of modern China examines pockets of discontent throughout a landscape where hardship and injustice has become too much for some to bear.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 03 Oct 2013 00:02:00 -0500<p>The first-ever narrative feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia has the added distinction of being directed by a Saudi woman. It also happens to be terrific.</p> Andrew LapinThu, 12 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500<p>Brandon Darby went from founding a radical leftist organization aiding flood victims after Katrina to working with the FBI to put two would-be Republican National Convention protestors in prison. Jamie Meltzer&rsquo;s documentary profile is a wild ride.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 12 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Be Or Not To Be<p>In 1942, Ernst Lubitsch courted controversy by setting a comedy in present-day Poland, against the grim backdrop of the Nazi menace, but he pulls it off with an astonishing deftness.</p> Keith PhippsTue, 27 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 World’s End<p>Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost follow <em>Shaun Of The Dead</em> and <em>Hot Fuzz</em> with a triumphant final entry in their &ldquo;Cornetto Trilogy,&rdquo; this one about a pub crawl disrupted by profound weirdness.</p> Matt SingerThu, 22 Aug 2013 00:05:00 -0500 / The Big City<p>In his direction, Satyajit Ray expressed strong empathy for whatever his protagonists were going through; a pair of Criterion releases showcase the Indian auteur&rsquo;s gift for universality.</p> Noel MurrayTue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500’t Them Bodies Saints<p>David Lowery&rsquo;s striking second feature is a spiritual cousin to films by Robert Altman and Terrence Malick&mdash;but its ambiguous, impassioned approach to the story of two criminals in love makes it a singular experience.</p> Keith PhippsThu, 15 Aug 2013 00:02:00 -0500<p>This twisty piece of science fiction with a moral dimension would have fit snugly in the <em>Twilight Zone</em> universe, if not for its uniquely cinematic, disorienting sense of atmosphere.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 War<p>A by-the-books police captain and a drug dealer facing a death sentence team up for a big narcotics bust in the latest from Hong Kong action maestro Johnnie To.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 25 Jul 2013 00:04:00 -0500 Act Of Killing<p>Perpetrators of genocide in mid-1960s Indonesia reenact their horrific crimes in this provocative, conceptually audacious documentary.</p> Noel MurrayThu, 18 Jul 2013 00:04:00 -0500 Of The Flies<p>Director Peter Brook&rsquo;s emphasis on starkness and simplicity does right by William Golding&rsquo;s classic allegory, making it feel not like an allegory at all, but the inevitable result of order dissipating and violence sweeping in to fill the vacuum.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 16 Jul 2013 00:02:00 -0500 Chess<p>Andrew Bujalski finds several new angles on the conflict between humanity and technology in a 1980s-set film shot on even older equipment.</p> Scott TobiasTue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Life Of Oharu<p>Produced during Kenji Mizoguchi&rsquo;s early-to-mid-&rsquo;50s peak, this examination of one woman&rsquo;s tumble down the social ladder condemns a society that caters to the whims and pleasures of men while leaving women to wriggle on the chopping board.</p> Scott TobiasWed, 10 Jul 2013 04:20:00 -0500 Sound Studio<p>The line between fiction and reality starts to blur when a British foley artist works on an Italian &ldquo;giallo&rdquo; film called <em>The Equestrian Vortex</em>. Peter Strickland&rsquo;s psychological thriller doubles as a vibrant homage to a cherished horror subgenre.</p> Noel MurrayWed, 10 Jul 2013 02:20:00 -0500