Film

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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He was famous as a TV figure, but he would tell you always that he was a newspaper man.

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Derek Cianfrance's America

Class and fate in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

For the second time, Derek Cianfrance has put Ryan Gosling on the edge of a great character: the American failure who has the neediness and the inner life of a wild genius. 

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Realities

After the title Reality, the next thing we see is a gilded carriage drawn by two white horses rolling through the Italian countryside. Soon it turns in through huge gates opened by servants in eighteenth-century costume. The carriage has arrived at a huge villa with lovely grounds filled with festivating people in modern dress. The carriage has brought a bride and groom to their wedding party.

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Why 'The Shining' Continues to Shine

A documentary pays tribute to Kubrick and parodies film commentary

As a documentary about The ShiningRoom 237 is a tribute to Kubrick and a parody of film commentary.

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The Subversive St. Patrick's Day Classic

How John Ford fought McCarthyism with 'The Quiet Man'

How John Ford fought McCarthyism with 'The Quiet Man.'

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The acclaimed director of "Oldboy" stumbles in his American debut.

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Bravo, Dick

In a new documentary, Cheney gives a masterful performance

The World According To Dick Cheney, a documentary that airs March 15 on Showtime, includes so fine an acoustical solo performance by its subject that it could be titled Dick Cheney Unplugged. Listening to Cheney’s quiet, calm voice, Nicholas Lemann observed a dozen years ago in the New Yorker, was like

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What's Isabelle Huppert Doing in This Third-Rate Thriller?

'Dead Man Down' and the inanities of Hollywood casting

"Dead Man Down" is dark, nasty, violent, and laughably boring. It also features one of the best actresses in the world.

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Three Worlds

A sympathetically acted film about Jean Renoir, a PBS documentary on the life of Philip Roth, and a small movie about young Americans in China.

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