Film

Add These to Your NetFlix Queue: Films You Should Have Seen This Year
December 28, 2012

The New Republic’s film critics on some of the best, under-appreciated films of 2012: Amour: Amour is as hard and bright as bone. The love it observes is intense, selfish, and nearly insane (these are the film’s greatest truths). – David Thomson, watch trailer The Deep Blue Sea: [Terence] Davies, who is now sixty-six and has made only seven films in his long career, has transformed the one-set [Terence] Rattigan play into a well-flexed film with imaginative lifts along the way.

Stanley Kauffmann on Films: Ages Apart
December 21, 2012

Three extraordinary small films.

The Pentagon’s Man in Hollywood: I’m a Eunuch
December 21, 2012

Phil Strub has had to learn to be creative in finding ways to showcase U.S. military might on the silver screen.

"Zero Dark Thirty" Has All the Depth of a John Wayne Movie
December 21, 2012

Chastain's character has the depth and personality of a placard, but if you like World War II films, you’ll enjoy this.

The Best Movie of the Year: Michael Haneke's Amour
December 12, 2012

Amour is an unsentimental film about an intense, selfish love,

A Terrifying New Quasi-Documentary About a Woman's Mysterious Death
December 05, 2012

Joyce Carol Vincent lay dead in her London flat for three years before being found. A disturbing new film asks how this could have happened.

Life of Pi's Clumsy 3D Storytelling
November 28, 2012

 “I think it's one of the most noble risks we have ever taken.” This comes from an executive at Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that gave us Sunrise, Shirley Temple, and The Robe. When a corporation has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, talk of nobility is often a warning sign of stupidity. So sane producers may have read Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, seen that it was selling 9 million copies across the world, and concluded that there was no need for a movie of Life of Pi—the same escape clause I raised a week ago in connection with the latest Anna Karenina.

Stanley Kauffmann on Films: Other Ways
November 15, 2012

Reviewing All Together, Holy Motors, and Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Film for our Political Moment
November 13, 2012

This is a movie of negotiations in smoke-filled rooms; it could have been called "The Thirteenth Amendment."

Don't Look to Argo for a Nuanced Portrait of Iran
November 10, 2012

A few weeks ago on this site, Mark Bowden said the movie Argo was “brilliant” and “captures the moment [of the Iranian hostage crisis] perfectly. It is a movie about a small charade played out in the middle of the larger one, the rescue of six Americans who walked away from the [American] embassy on the day of the takeover and hid inside the Canadian embassy.

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