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The Double

The Double

If Wes Anderson immersed himself in Orwell, Kafka, and other high priests of chilly, bureaucratic horror, the result might look something like Richard Ayoade’s metaphysical nightmare Read More

Anita

Anita

Anita is a functional film about an astounding person who faced the whirlwind and didn’t blink. It doesn’t do meaningful service to the larger story of Read More

Enemy

Enemy

It makes sense that movies about envious doppelgangers should also arrive in pairs; one more impressive than the other. Later this year will see Richard Ayoade’s Read More

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

The sweet and savory epistolary romance The Lunchbox spins a variation on the adage about getting to a man’s heart through his stomach. In this case, Read More

Le Week-End

Le Week-End

Like many movies about couples who treat their relationship as a sparring ring, Roger Michell’s Le Week-End dares you to choose sides. Do you plunk down Read More

Interior. Leather Bar.

Interior. Leather Bar.

Eye-opening, it’s not. James Franco’s “reimagining” of the 40 minutes of explicit material cut from William Friedkin’s Cruising arrives heavy with baggage, little of which turns Read More

Omar

Omar

For such a razor-sharp thriller, the West Bank-set Omar smuggles a dense packet of ambiguity into its compact running time. This shouldn’t be a rarity, given Read More

Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

“A mother’s love” has rarely felt more dagger-like or malevolent than in the chilling morality thriller Child’s Pose. Part anatomy of a villain and part crime Read More

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

There’s a Lifetime movie lurking not far beneath the deceptively placid surface of this cutting family drama about a Japanese couple who discover that their six-year-old Read More

Generation War

Generation War

Controversial but also hugely popular in Germany, where it aired as a TV miniseries, this dynamic story about five friends sucked into the bloody maw of Read More

August: Osage County

August: Osage County

This wasn’t supposed to happen. August: Osage County features Meryl Streep lording it over a fractious family as a red-eyed, pill-popping, malicious, cancer-stricken, Eric Clapton-loving matriarch Read More

The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

The tragedy of director/star Ralph Fiennes’ uneven literary period drama The Invisible Woman isn’t so much that his Charles Dickens is an arrogant swot who can’t Read More

The Past

The Past

Asghar Farhadi’s powerful but unraveled film starts as a domestic drama and then shifts into a mystery. Strangely, the further it pushes the mystery angle, with Read More

Her

Her

In the future, computers will be not only our friends and lovers, they’ll also help us discover our better selves. That seems to be the message Read More

American Hustle

American Hustle

Somehow there’s never been a big movie about Abscam, the ambitious late-1970s FBI corruption probe that convicted six Congressmen and one Senator for taking bribes from Read More

Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

Although Christian Bale plays a down-to-earth factory guy in Scott Cooper’s bashed-knuckle drama, there’s still a dark superhero glimmer to his too-good-to-be-true character. In a story Read More

Narco Cultura

Narco Cultura

As lyrics go, “We’re bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill” doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But painting a bright scene with cartoon exaggeration and Read More

How I Live Now

How I Live Now

In most stories about groups fighting for survival, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) would be among the first to die. When the eye-rolling New York teen shows up Read More

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

There are horrors aplenty in Steve McQueen’s blistering, cold-eyed epic of slavery. But amidst the cringe-inducing scenes of torture — it seems wrong to call those Read More