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The Salvation

The Salvation

As a member of the Danish avant-garde filmmaking collective Dogma 95 (a group which included Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg) director Kristian Levring upheld a Read More

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Everybody knows Spike Lee. Spike Lee and his “joints” are brand names like Tide, Dockers, and Sinatra. For almost thirty years, Lee, through artistry and self-promotion, Read More

Felix and Meira

Felix and Meira

In Fill the Void, Hadas Yaron played an independent woman who decides to become a conservative Jew. In Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira, Yaron does it in Read More

Cake

Cake

In order to receive a Best Actress Oscar (or at least an Oscar nomination) a day of reckoning must arrive for all actresses that have achieved Read More

Song One

Song One

When Anne Hathaway won a SAG Award last year for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, she remarked in her acceptance speech that she was Read More

Black Sea

Black Sea

The urge to submerge has been part of our film legacy since the beginnings. From Frank Capra’s Submarine to such popcorn chewing films as Run Silent Run Deep, Hell Read More

Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior

At the start of Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior, a love affair has ended in a bitter split as twenty-something hipster Shirin (Akhaven) loads up an empty Read More

A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

In J.C. Chandor’s taut and sleek thriller, A Most Violent Year, one character lectures another that “these are dangerous times and we have to adapt.” The Read More

Listen Up Philip

Listen Up Philip

If you mix into a rancid brew Woody Allen’s 1979 roundelay of self-centered upper middle class New Yorkers, Manhattan, along with Allen’s flirtations with shaky cam Read More

The Homesman

The Homesman

In one of the most shocking moments from John Ford’s epic western The Searchers, John Wayne, who is looking for his niece that has been abducted Read More

Slow Food Story

Slow Food Story

Carlo Petrini, an ebullient Italian dreamer/visionary and benefactor of fine food and drink is the subject of Stefano Sardo’s breezy testimonial tribute to Petrini, Slow Food Read More

The Decent One

The Decent One

Just in time for the high holy days comes The Decent One, Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa’s epistolary documentary of SS leader and mass executioner Heinrich Himmler, Read More