Film

Gatsby Speaks!

These awful films go on and on

A letter from the great beyond.

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'What Maisie Knew': Is the Kid Alright?

This twenty-first century Henry James update is too cute by half.

This twenty-first century Henry James update is too cute by half.

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The Robert Downey Jr. Rehab Program

Popcorn flicks can save your life

How the Iron Man star found redemption at the multiplex.

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An idiosyncratic theater director and a showboating magician, profiled in two recent documentaries.

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The country has been retreating from American movies for decades, but in the last few years, we have had a few films that show us the hinterland.

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Spring Break for Nerds

A skeptic learns the secret to South by Southwest’s success

Every year, the tech elite and their legions of hangers-on gather in Austin to binge-network, binge-drink and "change the world." It is glorious. It is absurd. It is South by Southwest.

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The 'Gatsby' Baz Luhrmann Should Have Made

Forget DiCaprio—The Movie Needs Bernie Madoff

Forget DiCaprio—what we really need is a modern-day Gatsby. Bernie Madoff could take a supporting role.

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Apocalypses Now

Hollywood action movies need to get over the end of the world

So who is green-lighting these end-of-the-world movies that just keep coming—Oblivion, After Earth, Star Trek Into Darkness, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, World War Z, Pacific Rim? Is it the triumvirate of David Stockman, Paul Krugman, and Kim Jong-un? I grant that Armageddon has been a recurring theme on screen.

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Roger Ebert's Other Illness

The film critic wrote candidly—and controversially—about his alcoholism

The film critic wrote candidly—and controversially—about his alcoholism.

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The French director-writer François Ozon once made a memorable film called Swimming Pool, in which a parched writer was strengthened by contact with another person. Now he makes In the House, where an encounter with imagination again enlivens a writer, and entails danger.

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