PATRIOTS DAY Finds America’s Best in a Terrible Week
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PATRIOTS DAY Finds America’s Best in a Terrible Week

It’s not the easiest time to be a patriot. I hadn’t even left the theater after the rousing, deeply moving Patriots Day before I learned…

Criterion Review: Huston Returns to Film Noir With THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
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Criterion Review: Huston Returns to Film Noir With THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

In an archival interview included on this week’s Criterion release, John Huston describes his 1950 film noir The Asphalt Jungle as “a story told from…

Criterion Review: PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Finds the Soul in Sandler
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Criterion Review: PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Finds the Soul in Sandler

On one level, Punch-Drunk Love is a film of two men at their own artistic crossroads; one of Hollywood’s hottest young talents shifting from sprawling…

Cinapse Selects: GONE BABY GONE Asks a Question With No Right Answer
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Cinapse Selects: GONE BABY GONE Asks a Question With No Right Answer

A good chunk of cinema, especially Hollywood’s mainstream fare, operates on a binary moral spectrum; you’re good or you’re evil. Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck’s…

AFI FEST: Portman Becomes a Kennedy in JACKIE
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AFI FEST: Portman Becomes a Kennedy in JACKIE

It’s been six years since Natalie Portman’s visceral, Oscar-winning performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, and she’s failed to do much in the way of…

AFI FEST: LA LA LAND is a Winning Hollywood Romance
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AFI FEST: LA LA LAND is a Winning Hollywood Romance

Cinematic sincerity is a tough sell. Every attempt runs the risk of landing too close to cheesy or melodramatic, but like most cinematic conceits, when…

Criterion Review: Brando Tries Directing in ONE-EYED JACKS
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Criterion Review: Brando Tries Directing in ONE-EYED JACKS

If there was a Mount Rushmore for influential and incredibly talented actors, odds are it would feature Marlon Brando, whose raw and magnetic work has…

AFI FEST: Bening, Fanning, and Gerwig are 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
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AFI FEST: Bening, Fanning, and Gerwig are 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Not all personal filmmaking is great, and not all great filmmaking is personal, but when a perfect balance is struck between the two, the result…

AFI FEST: The Wire’s Andre Royo is Great in HUNTER GATHERER
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AFI FEST: The Wire’s Andre Royo is Great in HUNTER GATHERER

One of the great joys of following an actor or actress through multiple projects is the baggage that accrues after enough great performances. Once they’ve…

AFI FEST: NOCTURAMA and DARK NIGHT Show Sympathy For the Devil
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AFI FEST: NOCTURAMA and DARK NIGHT Show Sympathy For the Devil

It’s no stretch to say that anxiety tied to terrorist attacks has been on the rise for most of this century, and the wave of…