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  • 4 years ago | Film Reviews

    Project Nim, James Marsh's documentary biopic of the '70s chimp picked to endure an "experiment" in simian sign language and general neglect, pulls human heartstrings as wrenchingly as any creature feature in nearly half a century. Following brown...

  • 4 years ago | Film Reviews

    (Editor's note: We mistakenly ran a full review of Beginners in last week's issue, though the film opens this Friday at the Magnolia. To read the complete review, visit www.dallasobserver.com.) Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose ...

  • 4 years ago | Film Reviews

    Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose cancer-stricken dad comes out of the closet at age 75, Ewan McGregor looks positively yummy in Beginners, a gay-is-OK dramedy from the distributor that brought us The Kids Are All Right. In fact...

  • 5 years ago | Film and TV

    Vincere: According to Marco Bellocchio's Vincere, Mussolini was nearly as much of a bully in the bedroom as he was in office. Il Duce would eventually get busy with the Pope, but in the mid-1910s, he screwed—and screwed over—one Ida Da...

  • 5 years ago | Film Reviews

    Agreeing at the insistence of a Corsican mob boss to suck and then slash a fellow inmate, newly jailed Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim)—poor, illiterate, a "dirty Arab" in the prison's racist pecking order—gets what's coming to him, but ...

  • 8 years ago | Film Reviews

    Masterfully edited and cumulatively walloping, Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight turns the well-known details of our monstrously bungled Iraq War into an enraging, apocalyptic litany of fuck-ups. One may have already heard some or all of the absu...