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The Green Prince

The Green Prince

Restrained, clinical, and yet full-hearted, The Green Prince is one of the year’s, and maybe ultimately the decade’s, great spy stories. A two-hander about betrayal, shame, Read More

Rome, Open City (1945)

Rome, Open City (1945)

Roberto Rossellini’s neo-realist masterwork, Rome Open City, was shot with shards of film in bona fide war-torn Rome locations in the winter of 1945 while the Germans Read More

After

After

After begins with a mystery before its first frame. What does “after” refer to? A death? Divorce? Nuclear war? Judging from the funereal scene on the cover of Read More

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket

In God’s Pocket, the neighborhood is the main character. It’s a lower-middle-class working-man’s neighborhood as seen in 1983. In this antiquated area, everybody knows everybody, everybody Read More

The Identical

The Identical

The Identical is a work of genius. Stunted, insane, single digit IQ genius, but warped, weird, where-is-Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-when-you-it genius nonetheless. This is a film that is so Read More

God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl

When we’re young, music means everything to us. It’s our first connection to culture, our own insular soundtrack to the comedy/tragedy of our unexplainable, developing lives. Read More

The Longest Week

The Longest Week

The Longest Week plays like a piece of Wes Anderson fan fiction, perhaps following a long lost Tenenbaum cousin. Only the names have been changed to Read More

Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam

The stark simplicity of Rory Kennedy’s masterful and Oscar-worthy Last Days in Vietnam stands in contrast to the drama of this complex and little discussed historical Read More

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

You know the phrase “Hell on Earth.” Apparently, it’s a misprint. In reality, Hades takes up residence in the catacombs beneath Paris, or so the new Read More

The Calling

The Calling

A committed serial killer using religious and dogmatic motives as the main reason for his crimes. A small town police woman dealing with the unusual problem of Read More

The Congress

The Congress

Thanks to such technological advances as digital filmmaking, CGI, and motion capture, Hollywood is now capable of creating “virtual performances,” bringing everything from gun-toting space raccoons Read More

One Chance

One Chance

For the true story of Paul Potts, the down-on-his-luck Welsh cellphone store clerk with dreams of becoming an opera star, you don’t expect much in the Read More

The One I Love

The One I Love

How well can we ever know each other? That’s one of the less interesting questions posed by Charlie McDowell’s willowy and romantic science-fiction two-hander with a Read More