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Yearly archive 2014
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

It is so completely Williams: the nuanced relationships, the decidedly Southern feel, the patient appreciation for quiet. Though it’s unconventional, even by Williams’ own standards, the movie is beautiful in its own right.
Tusk

Tusk

While the overall tone does switch from a dark, unnerving apprehensiveness in the first half to an outrageous, over-the-top absurdity, this does not seem to be a defect of the film, but rather a means of creating a truly original and memorable dark comedy.
Cannes Capsules

Cannes Capsules

Mommy leaves a strange aftertaste, a too-bright bitterness, mostly thanks to Pilon’s impressive slippage into his role...Mommy is provocative and funny, brilliant and frank, and altogether better than any of Dolan’s four previous films.
Boyhood

Boyhood

Rem Berger reviews Richard Linklater's twelve-year experiment, Boyhood.
20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

It is something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, having slipped into Sundance’s documentary category, while it might be better suited in a category for docufiction. It’s a portrait of the artist at his most gloomily poetic and enticingly apocalyptic.
Jealousy

Jealousy

None of the creative types in Philippe Garrel's Jealousy comes close to making a masterpiece. What they’re missing is a genuine community, a wave of support and collaboration that they can ride to creative success.
Fatale Attractions

Fatale Attractions

The Femme Fatale—one of the most recognizable motifs in the pulp universe, and the inspiration for an extensive current repertory series at Film Forum—is as essential a component of American noir as jazz, black and white photography, and urban hopelessness.
Festivals: Open Roads 2014

Festivals: Open Roads 2014

This year's edition of Open Roads demonstrated that, even seven decades after the birth of Neorealism, Italian filmmakers continue to look for a cinematic vocabulary capable of addressing the specific socio-political problems of their time.
Obituary: Michael Henry Wilson (1946-2014)

Obituary: Michael Henry Wilson (1946-2014)

Michael Henry Wilson had an immutable love of movies, and his work testified to his relentless desire to occupy the middle zone between fantasy and history. Wilson favored American cinema, probably because it’s the one that most perfectly fulfilled the aspirations of his writing: to paint on a broad canvas yet with minute strokes.
Exhibition

Exhibition

Rem Berger reviews Joanna Hogg's latest, Exhibition.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a genuine comic book movie, turning the colorful art of Steve Ditko into a blasting three-dimensional spectacle, albeit one with considerable heart.
Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

Humor and violence go hand in hand, but Saulnier seems hesitant to commit to reflections on Dwight’s actions. Rather than elevate the film toward an art house aesthetic, the two tones inconvenience each other.
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