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Ida (2014); directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Ida is one of those miraculous films where the images on the screen are so startling, so unique, so themselves, that the visuals take on a whole subterranean level of meaning, coursing beneath the actual plot. The power of the … Continue reading

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This Is the End (2013)

Hilarious. Thought-provoking. Self-aware. But also with an undercurrent of true worry, a gnawing and growing awareness of “How do we live a good life? How do we be good people?” It is truly concerned about these things. This Is the … Continue reading

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Wish I Was Here (2014); directed by Zach Braff

There are many things in this world that make me angry. Zach Braff isn’t one of them. My review of his second film, Wish I Was Here, is now up at

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“The New Yorker” on the Criterion release of Love Streams

“The movie is a mighty, intimate, kaleidoscopically subjective, bravely self-searching summation of a career, an era, and a life. For decades, it was a rare VHS tape, a treasured occasional revival screening, and, more recently, a covert YouTube treasure. Its … Continue reading

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Snowpiercer (2014); directed by Bong Joon Ho

In order to combat global warming, various nations on the planet decide to inject the atmosphere with a coolant. The film opens with a bright blue sky, and three planes careening by far above, leaving behind a white trail of … Continue reading

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Boyhood (2014); directed by Richard Linklater

I was about to start off by saying “Movies like Boyhood…” and stopped myself. Because there are no other movies like Boyhood. There are other films about a boy coming of age, there are other films about a child becoming … Continue reading

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Happy Bastille Day

One of the best scenes in cinema, the scene of the “dueling anthems” in Casablanca, when the crowd drowns out the German anthem with “La Marseillaise”. Gives me goosebumps every time, especially considering that most of those extras and actors … Continue reading

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Elvis Overhears an Assassination Threat in Costa-Gavras’ Z.

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Affluenza (2014)

Not good. My review is now up at

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Some Reviews

– Slate’s Dana Stevens writes a gorgeous piece about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which I cannot WAIT to see. What Linklater is attempting has never been attempted before, not in this particular way, and I can’t wait to check it out. … Continue reading

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