Tomas Hachard

Tomas Hachard appears in the following:

'The Other Paris' Goes Beyond The Banlieues

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Luc Sante's cultural history focuses on the darker corners of the City of Lights, and the rougher and more disreputable citizens of the French capital who, he argues, have made Paris what it is today.


'ZeroZeroZero' Argues Cocaine Is Everywhere ... But Is It Really?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Roberto Saviano reports on the worldwide cocaine trade, from small-scale users to organized crime. Critic Tomas Hachard says that while the book is illuminating, it doesn't quite hit its mark.


'Keepers' Isn't One: A Critic's Highlight Reel Lacks Spark

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Longtime film writer Richard Schickel's unsatisfying collection of movie musings deems pleasure and intellectualism mutually exclusive.


One 'Overnight,' Two Couples, Countless Boundaries Violated

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A new comedy starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling tests the boundaries of good taste for both the two couples at its center and the film itself.


'The Argonauts' Is A Voyage Through Parenting, Partnership And Transition

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Maggie Nelson's philosophical memoir uses her pregnancy — and her partner Harry's gender transition — to explore larger questions about the changing ways we approach marriage and motherhood.


'Tangerines': Enemies On Neutral Territory In A Time Of War

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The surprise Oscar nominee for Outstanding Foreign Film tries to speak to common humanity even in situations of high conflict, but it struggles to make its themes feel real.


Women Ascend With Uncertainty In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The drama from director Olivier Assayas is the rare work that can hold opposite ideas in tension, refuse to fully resolve them, and be entirely satisfying nonetheless, says Tomas Hachard.


In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.


'Effie Gray': A Woman In A World Of Art That's Crudely Drawn

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and appears as a supporting character in this film about a young bride and the effects of her unsatisfying marriage.


Class Warfare Over Dinner In 'The Riot Club'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Danish director Lone Scherfig helms this story of posh young men descending to the depths of their worst selves.


'Jauja': A Land Of Plenty, But Hard To Find

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Director Lisandro Alonso's Jauja is a beautiful film, says Tomas Hachard, that begins as a simple Western and expands beyond its apparent limitations.


How Self-Improvement Became Self-Destruction On 'Diamond Mountain'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scott Carney's new book unpacks the complicated story of Ian Thorson, who died in the Arizona wilderness after becoming involved with an unorthodox Buddhist group led by a charismatic American monk.


Take One Monster And Pass It On

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The uneasy horror film It Follows relies upon a stalker that cannot be killed or defeated — only avoided or, if necessary, passed on.


'Two Men In Town' Covers Old Desert Ground

Thursday, March 05, 2015

There's not much that's new in the criminal-goes-straight story Two Men In Town, but a good performance from Forest Whitaker helps it along.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.