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  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    A Separation — the fifth feature by Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi — is an urgently shot courtroom drama designed to put you in the jury box. Dispensing with preliminaries, it opens at a judicial hearing where, both facing the ...

  • It might be perverse to accuse a tearjerker as accomplished as Steven Spielberg of being unfeeling. But the overcalculation with which he mechanically trots out one of his most familiar tropes for what amounts to a generic Disney animal story...

  • 6 years ago | Longform

    THE CLOCK Christian Marclay, U.K. One of the most radical film-objects of the 21st century, Marclay's 24-hour found-footage assemblage — which screened in Boston, Los Angeles and New York this year — was not only a surprise art-world b...

  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is hardly a personal project. Still, David Fincher's sveltely malevolent remake of the 2009 Swedish blockbuster directed by Niels Arden Oplev from Stieg Larsson's rambling thriller, a posthumously published internat...

  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    Described as a "psychotic prom-queen bitch," the anti-heroine of Young Adult is a prize part that affords Charlize Theron one of the season's prize performances — although, to judge from the voting at the New York Film Critics Circle conclav...

  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    Steve McQueen's first two films both star Michael Fassbender, feature virtually interchangeable titles and are nearly as grueling to watch as they must have been to make. But where Shame might be nearly as excruciating as 2008's Hunger, it's a lot...

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