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Coming Soon: Woody Allen Box Set: In Praise of Another Woman

Another Woman is not often referenced as one of the great Woody Allen films. It doesn’t get much “play” at all, actually, when his work is discussed or evaluated. I have no idea why. It’s a masterpiece. I’ve always thought … Continue reading

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November 2016 Viewing Diary

Elle (2016; d. Paul Verhoeven) I loved it. People HATE this movie. One lady on Twitter said that men should be banned from making films about rape. How you would enforce such a rule is beyond me. Also: No fucking … Continue reading

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Things to Come (2016) d. Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve is one of my favorite film-makers working today. Her latest, Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, is so wonderful. My review of Things to Come is now up at

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Gotham Awards Winners 2016

Here is the winner-tally from the Gotham Awards ceremony last night. I was on the nominating committee for Best Breakthrough Performance, and I am thrilled for Anya Taylor-Joy on her win last night. Hugely deserved! This is my second time … Continue reading

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Review: Miss Sloane (2016)

There are some pretty deep problems with this, for me the main thing was that the dialogue doesn’t sound real, nor do any of the actors (except Mark Strong) get their mouths around it enough so that it lifts off … Continue reading

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Review: Always Shine (2016)

I cannot stop thinking about this movie. I’ve seen it three times so far. Huge fan of Sophie Takal, who has only directed two films so far, this one and Green, which I also recommend HIGHLY. I am now a … Continue reading

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The Greatest Performance in Cinema

Renee Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Dreyer (1928) Actors should at least know that the bar was set. A long long time ago. Pauline Kael: One of the greatest of all movies. The director, … Continue reading

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Hawaii International Film Festival: My Roundup

Here’s my essay on what I was doing in Hawaii, with a link to the writing from all of the students I was mentoring.

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Review: I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) d. Feng Xiaogang

A 2-1/2 hour visual experiment. Gorgeous to look at, for sure. But … My review of I Am Not Madame Bovary. (And no, the movie has nothing to do with Flaubert.)

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2016 Movies To See

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