A Touch of Sin’s true success is its ability to both condemn and justify this violence at the same time. The establishment of motive makes a huge difference in how each act of violence is understood and whether or not it is acceptable.
Alex Robertson wrestles with the legacy of Howard Hawks, the subject of a major retrospective now in progress at the Museum of the Moving Image.
12 Years a Slave’s most biting critique is of the ways in which believing in the redemptive nature of true liberalism only serves to perpetuate systems of exclusion and inegalitarianism.
Alexander Tsebelis takes James Gandolfini's newest film as an opportunity for review-as-remembrance.
Will Noah reviews two of the more uneven entries in this year's New York Film Festival.
Ingrid Nelson takes a personal look at the sequel to the animated 2009 critical and commercial hit.
David Beal reviews Joel and Ethan Coen's latest shaggy dog odyssey, set in New York City's early-60s folk scene.
Olivia Domba reviews Hayao Miyazaki's latest - and final - film, The Wind Rises, from this year's New York Film Festival.
Will Noah reviews Claire Denis' pitch-dark noir, playing at this year's New York Film Festival.
Nick Lieberman takes a look at Alain Guiraudie's new art thriller playing at this year's New York Film Festival.