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Ida

Ida

When done well, the sparest of films can be almost mesmerizing. Moments of stasis and solitude command attention, pulling in the audience like some meditative medium. Read More

Devil’s Knot

Devil’s Knot

Few murder cases have attracted as much attention over the last half-century – and remained in the public eye so long – as the trial of Read More

Proxy

Proxy

Any great thriller earns that definition by keeping its audience off-balance. We crave control in the real world, but not when it comes to the movies Read More

Ernest & Celestine

Ernest & Celestine

On the list of 2014 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature, there was a perfectly wonderful film you probably hadn’t heard of. Beyond the sisters of Read More

The Square

The Square

As Egypt’s internal political struggle continues yielding violent acts and revolutionary actions, a film that chronicles its historic evolution is playing everywhere and receiving awards. Nominated Read More

Sound City

Sound City

Dave Grohl is full of surprises. When he came from behind the Nirvana drum set to form the band Foo Fighters, not many expected his songwriting Read More

The Attack

The Attack

When a single act of violence is central to a film’s plot, the event almost always shows up on the screen. It’s like some implicit promise Read More

Museum Hours

Museum Hours

If you were to name common institutions designed to inspire calm and quiet, art museums would have to be at the top of the list. Even Read More

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Four Australian travelers vacation to Cambodia. Three come back, one goes missing. Sounds like the plot of another unfortunate Turistas-style horror shocker but Wish You Were Read More

It’s a Disaster

It’s a Disaster

Any filmmaker looking to create a couples-driven comedy ensemble should consider the perils that would make a saner person rethink the attempt. You have to develop Read More

Lincoln

Lincoln

It’s difficult to determine whether Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln plays as earnest historical drama or straight-up Oscar bait. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Lincoln Read More