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The King’s Speech

The s-s-s-sadness of King George.


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If it is the task of the movie psychologist to tell his patient, à la Robin Williams, that distress is “not your fault”—and to convince us that, yes, that fellow’s probl ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 AARON MESH

Cussed Assurance

True Grit is the Coen Brothers’ hymn to frontier loss.


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True Grit reminded me of Lolita, though not in that way. The Coen Brothers’ new rendering of Charles Portis’ novel of Arkansas frontier retribution is remarkable for its lack of perversity ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 AARON MESH

White Material

Claire Denis blesses the pains down in Africa.


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It takes time to get your bearings in a Claire Denis film. Her movies define themselves leisurely, like a landscape fading up from night to dawn to morning. White Material, the remarkable new movie by ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Christmas Comes Early

Hollywood stuffs your stocking with gifts. you’ll want to return some.


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Nothing jars Hollywood into action like the threat of squandered profits. So the studios, recognizing that Christmas falls on a Saturday—thus reducing precious holiday matinee hours—have b ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 , AARON MESH, KELLY CLARKE, CASEY JARMAN

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

He sees you when you’re sleeping.


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There’s something very diabolical about an ancient man who watches children at all times, passing judgment on their behavior before breaking into their homes in the middle of the night. Finnish ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields

Behind every great gay songsmith sits a good woman.


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Stephin Merritt, bard of the gay bars, writes unforgettable songs and speaks in uncompromising aphorisms. He’s a notoriously “difficult” interview—because every arts journalist ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 AARON MESH

The Horny Duckling

Black Swan is Fight Club with feathers.


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It makes film study so much easier when a movie announces its own interpretation in the opening reel, and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is very helpful in this way—like an open-book exam r ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 AARON MESH

HDFest

Free to be you and me on DV.


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The celluloid vs. digital argument is often portrayed as a battle pitting projection-booth purists against James Cameron’s army of bloodless replicants, but this week’s HDFest is a reminde ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 AARON MESH

’Plex Time

The discreet charms of movie-hopping.


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I have a trivial confession: I am an inveterate and unrepentant movie-hopper. I have spent full eight-hour workdays at the cineplex exhausting its options, emerging dazed and spent and viciously hypog ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Burlesque

At least it’s better than Glitter.


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If you’re going to make a movie about an entertainment form based on skin, sex and bawdy belly laughs, your film ought to include any of the three. But the new Christina Aguilera comeback vehicl ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 KELLY CLARKE
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