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'Wild Canaries' Considers How To Get (Carried) Away With Murder

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The breezy mashup of murder mystery and chatty Brooklynite relationship story has plot holes aplenty, but provides its share of laughs as well.

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Please Fill In This Form In Triplicate Before You Read 'Utopia Of Rules'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber argues that we live in an "age of total bureaucratization." Reviewer Tomas Hachard says in places the book is almost as serpentine as modern bureaucracy.

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A Filmmaker Follows Education Without Required Classes — Even Math

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In the documentary Approaching The Elephant, director Amanda Rose Wilder takes a close look at the inaugural year of a "free school," where kids pursue what interests them most.

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Spike Lee Turns An Intriguing Eye To The 'Sweet Blood' Of Vampires

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Spike Lee's new vampire film, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, was funded through Kickstarter and emerges as one of his most enigmatic works.

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'Losing Ground' Steps Forward At Lincoln Center

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The 1982 film Losing Ground, written and directed by Kathleen Collins, was one of the first features by an American black woman. More than 30 years later, it gets a theatrical run in New York.

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To See Visual Dazzle In Oscar-Nominated Films, Go Short

Friday, January 30, 2015

Oscar-nominated features tend to emphasize narrative over pure visual style. The nominated short films, however, are inventive and varied in their approach to cinema.

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Love, Sex And Power In A World Of Women

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The drama The Duke of Burgundy follows two women in a complex tale of love and power, taking place in a town mysteriously without men.

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'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.

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How The Class Satire Of 'Human Capital' Bogs Down In Melodrama

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paolo Virzi's film about two interconnected Italian families tries too hard with heavy-handed social commentary.

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A Film About A Film At The End Of The World

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The mock-documentary La Ultima Película ostensibly follows a filmmaker planning to use the world's last remaining rolls of film stock at the moment of the predicted 2012 apocalypse. (Really.)

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Grasping For Gravitas In 'A Most Violent Year'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year wants to be an elegant statement on the tough truth about making it in America. Instead, it tries to import seriousness it can't back up with substance.

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A Married Couple In Decline

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The film If You Don't, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.

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The 1970s, Ugly And Adrift In 'Inherent Vice'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it's a bit too epic.

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In A Serious Season, The Loose Charms Of 'Little Feet'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell features his own children in a charming, uneven, energetic film about siblings on a journey to set a goldfish free.

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'Before I Disappear': A Long Night's Tale Without A Short Film's Charm

Friday, December 05, 2014

A man struggles through an evening of dark thoughts in Shawn Christensen's feature-length adaptation of his Oscar-winning live-action short.

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A Food Fight In Dallas As Restaurants Protest One Critic

Friday, December 05, 2014

Some restaurants are refusing let Leslie Brenner pay, on the theory her reviews can't be taken seriously if she dined for no charge.

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'Dying Of The Light': A Disputed Production, A Disappointing Product

Friday, December 05, 2014

The film, disavowed by its director and writer Paul Schrader after clashes with the studio, stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA officer who believes the agency has lost its moral direction.

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Walking Through Bad City In The First 'Iranian Vampire Western'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature borrows from B-movies, vampire movies, westerns, pulp traditions, and vigilante stories. The vision may not always be coherent, but it's fascinating.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Proponents Vow To Try Again Next Year

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A bill in the Senate to bypass a State Department review and approve the controversial project failed to gather enough support Tuesday night. Pipeline backers fell one vote short of the 60 needed.

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