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Criterion May releases announced

I wrote booklet essays for two of Criterion’s May 2020 releases – Dorothy Arzner’s 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance, and the 1963 beloved classic The Great Escape. There are multiple reasons these were very exciting assignments. Dance, Girl, Dance is … Continue reading

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January 2020 Viewing Diary

Hell Is for Heroes (1962; d. Don Siegel) A spare lean and mean war movie – pretty standard, actually – except Steve McQueen is actually presenting a character study here, a character he probably knows something about. He is eerie … Continue reading

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Review: Semper Fi (2019)

I reviewed Semper Fi for Rogerebert.com.

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September 2019 Viewing Diary

Satanic Panic (2019; d. Chelsea Stardust) Rebecca Romijn is reason enough to see this. My review at Ebert. A Hidden Life (2019; d. Terrence Malick) The new Terrence Malick film, about WWII conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, a man from Austria, … Continue reading

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Review: Monos (2019)

I reviewed Monos, an intense new film from Brazilian filmmaker Alejandro Landes, for Rogerebert.com.

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For Film Comment (and D-Day): They Were Expendable (1945)

I wrote about John Ford’s magnificent film They Were Expendable, one of the best war movies ever made.

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Review: Megan Leavey (2017)

This is a very powerful and very well-done film about a really important topic. It opens today. My review is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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April 2016 Viewing Diary

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016; d. Taika Waititi) My favorite thing I saw at Tribeca. It hasn’t opened yet but this is one you want to see. My review here. Midsummer in Newtown (2016; d. Lloyd Kramer) I was … Continue reading

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Review: 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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Ebertfest 2014: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Director Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July is also turning 25 this year, just like Do the Right Thing, and Born was screened at 9 p.m. on Saturday night followed by a discussion with Oliver Stone, who was present. … Continue reading

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