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Looking Back on Before Sunrise

This year is the 20th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Since then, every 10 years more or less, we have had another film in the series: Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Movie Mezzanine … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Issues Statement

Jafar Panahi should need no introduction, but just in case… Jafar Panahi is a director from Iran, with an international reputation, and an incredible list of films, The White Balloon, The Mirror, The Circle, Offside, Crimson Gold. (He’s one of … Continue reading

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Against the Sun (2015)

I reviewed Against the Sun for Rogerebert.com. I have a fascination with survivalist stories, human beings making it out of horrendous encounters with Mother Nature, or whatever. Against the Sun is the true story of three downed airmen in WWII … Continue reading

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Cake (2015)

I reviewed Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, for The Dissolve.

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Locke (2014): Tom Hardy. In a Car. For 85 Minutes.

Locke is 85 minutes long. The entire thing (except for maybe 20 seconds in the opening sequence) takes place inside a moving car. There is only one man in the car. He is Ivan Locke. He is played by Tom … Continue reading

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Wadjda (2013); written/directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

The behind-the-scenes stories would be enough to put Wadjda in the history books: The first film to be shot inside Saudi Arabia. By a Saudi director. A female Saudi director. Because of the restrictions placed on women in the public … Continue reading

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Three Night Stand (2015)

My review of Three Night Stand, a French-farce-ish rom-com is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Appropriate Behavior (2015); from writer/director/star Desiree Akhavan

I had been looking forward to seeing this: written and directed by Desiree Akhavan, who also stars as the lead character, Shirin. The movie uses all the familiar cliches of a Brooklyn-area hipster lesbian love story, with an insistently deadpan … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Will Not Be Silenced

Jafar Panahi was arrested in 2009 on the suspicion of making a film critical of the regime in Iran. He was not allowed to travel, to give interviews, to make films. He was in prison. He went on hunger strike. … Continue reading

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When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013); directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu is my favorite Romanian director working today, although he’s got some stiff competition from Cristian Mungiu, Calin Peter Netzer, Cristi Puiu …. Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest (I wrote about it here) is a slapstick re-enactment of a … Continue reading

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