Films

Stanley Kauffmann Tribute: How to Care About the Arts
October 09, 2013

There is an imperturbable grace about Stanley Kauffmann’s writing, a plainspoken clarity in the face of the onslaught that is the movies.

Michelle Pfeiffer's Evolution: From 'Scarface' to 'The Family'
September 13, 2013

Suppose I asked, do you want to meet “Michelle," what would you expect? You might wonder, “Does he mean the first lady?” But the more you think about “Michelle,” the younger the name seems.

From the Stacks: "Journey into the Night"
July 23, 2013

In honor of Raymond Chandler's birthday, our 1946 review of the film version of his novel "The Big Sleep," starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Depp v. Pitt: The Dual Fate of the Leading Man
July 09, 2013

They have things in common. Johnny is only a few months older than Brad. They were country boys from the rough northern edge of the South: Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky; and Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Naturalism, Beauty, and Babies
June 14, 2013

It would be hard to name the most brutal example of naturalism since the style came in about a century ago, and the last place one would have looked for a contender is the Venice Film Festival.

Pacino as Phil Spector, Power Player Extraordinaire
March 23, 2013

The HBO biopic Phil Spector isn't a truthful work—but it gets some things very right.

Bikini Overkill
March 21, 2013

Spring Breakers is lacquered with so much Hollywood gloss, it's  hard to tell what's underneath.

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