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Tomas Hachard

Tomas Hachard appears in the following:

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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A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.

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Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Reach Exceeds His Grasp

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Show host Jon Stewart directs Rosewater, the story of a journalist who appeared on The Daily Show and was later imprisoned in Iran for months in 2009 while covering protests there.

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'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary examines the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The film recognizes an instinct toward simplistic polarization, but pushes gently against it.

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'The Heart Machine' Finds Subtlety In The Perils Of Online Dating

Friday, October 24, 2014

Zachary Wigon's debut feature explores what happens when a man suspects that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online, might be living in the same city.

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In 'Listen Up Philip,' Literary Arrogance Stubbornly Refuses To Change

Friday, October 17, 2014

In the new film starring Jonathan Pryce, Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, two male writers prove far less clear-minded about their own behavior than the filmmaker is.

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