Category Archives: Movies

Review: In a Valley of Violence (2016)

A Western starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta. It’s not perfect, but God, when it works, it works. Here’s my review at Ebert.

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Gotham Awards 2016: Our Nominations for Best Breakthrough Performance

It’s that time of year again: one of (if not the?) first awards shows of the season: The Gotham Independent Film Awards! I was on the committee to nominate the category of Breakthrough Actor Performance, along with Bilge Ebiri of … Continue reading

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Announcement: Editor Anne Coates: Lifetime Achievement Oscar

I suppose I can mention this now, since my draft is in and there have been conference calls with the Dudes in Charge, and the train has most definitely left the station: I have been asked to write the narration … Continue reading

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Announcement: Something Wild (1961): Criterion Collection DVD-Blu-Ray release, January 17, 2017

So honored to have been asked to write the essay for Criterion’s release of Jack Garfein’s forgotten 1961 masterpiece, Something Wild. Developed independently, using Actors Studio people in the lead roles (Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, and Mildred Dunnock), Something Wild … Continue reading

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Review: Christine (2016)

The SECOND film in 2016 dealing with Christine Chubbuck, the news reporter who committed suicide on-air in 1974. This one stars Rebecca Hall. It’s not perfect, and I’m not sure what the POINT is, but Hall is great. (Everyone is … Continue reading

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Review: Little Sister (2016)

What an interesting film! Nary a cliche in sight! You keep thinking one will show up, but nope. Little Sister determinedly remains recognizably human, individualistic. My review of Little Sister is now up at

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Chicago International Film Festival: One Day Since Yesterday

I’m VERY proud to have been interviewed for Bill Teck’s documentary One Day Since Yesterday, a doc about a lost American film, They All Laughed (1981), directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film has been re-discovered, slowly, especially with a release … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda, the giant of post-war Polish cinema, who worked up until the very end, has just died at the age of 90. Working under the most constricting set of circumstances, Wajda managed to keep making films, films about life … Continue reading

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Review: The terrific Under the Shadow (2016)

SUCH an excellent film. A horror film, for sure, with a couple of moments where my skin actually crawled. Shivers. But the psychological horror … that’s where the real terror and profundity lies. See it. Yet ANOTHER fantastic first feature … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: Miriam Hopkins

Two hard-to-see films starring the glorious Miriam Hopkins, Wise Girl (1937) and Lady with Red Hair, will be airing on TCM on October 19. I wrote about both films – and Hopkins, in particular, for Film Comment: TCM Diary: Miriam … Continue reading

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