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Pompeii

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Paul W.S. Anderson (the maestro of mayhem behind the Resident Evil franchise, as well as one-offs like AVP: Alien vs. Predator and the remake of Death Race) seemingly wants to get into the natural dis  

The Last of the Unjust

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah, uncovers and presents the story of Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council. Theresienstadt, as a place, holds the tragic d  

Iranian Filmmaker Boldly Explores Emotional Minefield

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In America, our notion of family has always adhered to simplistic models. The ideal was nuclear — husband, wife and two children, preferably a boy and a girl.  

Talk Show Changes Spark Renewed Excitement for Late Night

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A new era in NBC late night begins this week as Jay Leno passes The Tonight Show on to a new host, Jimmy Fallon. Fallon previously hosted Late Night beginning in March 2009 through last Friday’s final show.  

About Last Night

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This minor Brat Pack classic (based on David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago) from the 1980s gets a cultural makeover and an intriguing upgrade that speaks to contemporary sensibilitie  

Endless Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The story of star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks gets a new glossy take in director/co-writer (with Joshua Safran) Shana Feste’s remake of Franco Zeffirelli’s Endless Love   

Gloria

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
One of my personal favorites from this past year’s Toronto International Film Festival (where it was announced as Chile’s representative in the race for Best Foreign Language Film at the Acade  

The Wind Rises

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Japanese animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo) serves up more of his unique brand of visual storytelling that refuses to strip away art for the sake of dumbing down the content to  

RoboCop

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This Valentine’s weekend offers up a love letter to the 1980s with José Padilha’s reimaging of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop as the third treat from that seemingly seminal movie decade. As excited a  

Winter's Tale

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Celebrated screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend) turns to novelist Mark Helprin for his first effort at the helm. Winter’s Tale is pure fantasy; the story of Peter Lake (C  

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Singular Body of Work Will Live On

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous  

A Critic's Guide to the Thought-Provoking Bests of the 2014 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
When the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket, the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...  

Syfy Impresses with New Original, 'Helix'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Syfy isn’t exactly known for its high-quality, critically celebrated programming...But its new series Helix (10 p.m. Fridays) — from Battlestar creator Ron Moore — is seriously good.  

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Italian representative in the Best Foreign Language pool of nominees from writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place and Il Divo) sets its sights on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo)  

The Lego Movie

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Recently, a creeping bias has taken hold of me concerning the state of animated features. Because of the creative stranglehold of the Disney-Pixar model, I’ve cooled somewhat to the sterility of