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REVIEW: The German Doctor

Opens at Esquire Theatre Friday

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, July 16, 2014
It is only through an understanding of the undeniable facts of history that we can even begin to consider the evil that was Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who conducted the most horrific experiments on Jewish subjects during the Holocaust and then was able to elude the ensuing global manhunt for him that lasted decades. But writer-director Lucía Puenzo, in approaching one of the known episodes of...  

Filmfest München: What Cincinnati's Sister City Can Teach Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Instead of starting off with questions about what I learned about international film culture from attending the Munich Film Festival, it would be far more instructive to kick off with a discussion about what the experience made me think about in terms of what it means to be modern.
  

Paul Haggis Keeps ‘Third Person’ a Remote Exercise

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
“Watch me.” The line of dialogue is whispered during a couple of key sequences in Third Person, the new film from Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning director of Crash (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay). As you might imagine, the phrase insinuates itself dramatically into the hearts of the characters who hear it, as they attempt to heed the call.  

A Family-Friendly Call From ‘Earth to Echo’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Earth to Echo wastes no time setting up its premise. Three young teens — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — as awkwardly nerdy as can be, land themselves in the middle of quite an adventure when they begin investigating cell phone disturbances in their soon-to-be redeveloped community in Nevada.   

‘Obvious Child’ is Not Just an Abortion Rom-Com

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I love Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), the protagonist of Obvious Child, the new indie dramedy from co-writer and director Gillian Robespierre (working from her 2009 short of the same name), because Donna is wickedly smart and engaging, a cute Jewish woman we rarely get to see in mainstream romantic comedies.  

A Midsummer Festival of Cinematic Dreams

The best thus far and a faraway journey to find more summer fantasies

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Once upon a time, the summer movie season started on Memorial Day, a little more or a little less than a month away from the date heralding the official summer reckoning.    

Jersey Boys

0 Comments · Friday, June 20, 2014
Clint Eastwood has a no-nonsense approach that has served him well over the course of his career. He refuses to clutter up a performance with tics and affected manneris  

Think Like a Man Too

0 Comments · Friday, June 20, 2014
Tim Story (the first two Fantastic Four movies, Barbershop) gathers the gang from the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s bestselling relationship advice tome (Act Like  

‘The Rover’ Captures the Utter Collapse of Humanity

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Based on his work as a filmmaker, David Michôd, Australian partner of the brothers Edgerton (Joel and Nash), channels into the darkest corners of his heart to investigate the primal, animalistic urges that take mankind far away from the civilized façade we’ve constructed for ourselves.  

22 Jump Street

0 Comments · Thursday, June 12, 2014
It’s always twice as hard the second time around — I’m talking about sequels here — because you can’t just repeat the formula that worked the first time, right? Directors Phil Lord and C