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Book Review: Warner Bros

July 3rd, 2017
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The latest entry in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series is the story of Warner Brothers Studo, by the great film historian David Thomson

From the Archives: The Twilight(ing) of the Superhero

May 1st, 2017
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Nerdy teenager Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider – and a super-franchise was born! Justin Hickey takes us on a tour of the character’s colorful – and often tortured – past!

From the Archives: The Tudors on Film

May 1st, 2017
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More than any other dynasty in history, the Tudors are ready for their close-up. Steve Donoghue leads us on a royal progress through film archives to access the heart and stomach of these undying superstars.

Keeping Up with the Windsors: Family Drama

December 1st, 2016
Keeping Up with the Windsors: Family Drama

A lavish new production dramatizes the tensions between royalty and personhood in the House of Windsor. Steve Donoghue reviews The Crown.

Book Review: The World of Poldark

August 25th, 2016
Book Review: The World of Poldark

The companion book to the 2015 production of “Poldark” turns out to be more than just a pretty face

In Paperback: Manhattan Night

May 24th, 2016
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A terrific ten-year-old noir novel is given a new paperback edition on the occasion of its translation to the Hollywood screen.

An Interview with Whit Stillman

May 21st, 2016
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Locke Peterseim talks with Whit Stillman, director of the critically acclaimed new Jane Austen movie “Love & Friendship”

From the Archives: No Strange Quirk of Fate

April 1st, 2016
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Avengers films have grossed nearly $3 billion dollars, and that’s not counting the spinoffs. Lost in all the hype is the rich history of the comic itself; Justin Hickey explores the convergence of pulp and pixels.

A History of Violence

February 1st, 2016
A History of Violence

When watching a Quentin Tarantino film, critic Max Ross contends, you can never forget you’re watching a Quentin Tarantino flim. But is that a strength or a weakness of his latest, The Hateful Eight?

Fosse’s Dark Vision

September 1st, 2015
Fosse’s Dark Vision

Director Bob Fosse dreamed that his 1983 movie Star 80 would put him in the front ranks of Hollywood, but what resulted was both stranger and – our reviewer urges – more powerful than it first seemed.

Après moi, le déluge

February 1st, 2015
Après moi, le déluge

Charles Marville’s extraordinary photographs of 19th-century Paris are like a cautionary tale, urging us to preserve the best of what is left in our own cities.

WAKE UUUUP!

October 1st, 2014
WAKE UUUUP!

What does the summer of 1989, when Do the Right Thing hit theaters, have to say to the summer of Ferguson, and police militarization, and race relations today?

Title Menu: 10 Minutes from Prometheus

September 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 10 Minutes from <em>Prometheus</em>

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, ill-served by critics when it appeared last year, is the finest sequel to the Alien movies yet made. Our contributing editor chooses ten exemplary minutes to make his case.

Left Wanting

May 1st, 2014
Left Wanting

Elia Kazan’s unwavering confidence in his own brilliance was the spur to his successes as a director and the source of his infamy as a Cold War canary. A new collection of his letters makes his outsized personality seem even larger.

Echo Chamber Blues

May 1st, 2014
Echo Chamber Blues

Marvel Comics is mopping up at the box office, but what of its rival DC? Our resident expert fisks the also-rans and reminds us about an epic story still waiting to be adapted.

Bigger with More and More

February 1st, 2014
Bigger with More and More

Spike Jonze is the most mainstream of indie directors — or the most indie of mainstream directors — and his newest film Her is a triumph of quirky charm and visionary depth. Matt Sadler reviews.

Never Take Off the Mask: The Films of Gore Verbinski

August 1st, 2013
Never Take Off the Mask: The Films of Gore Verbinski

The man behind the trillion-dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise (and, more recently, the high-profile “Lone Ranger” flop) has been characterized as a hack, a purveyor of standard-issue Hollywood dreck. But, asks Tucker Johnson, is there art buried in the films of Gore Verbinski?

Waiting for the Dough

July 1st, 2013
Waiting for the Dough

Near the end of his life, Orson Welles tape-recorded his lunches with a faithful industry friend. By turns hilarious and self-pitying, they give a brilliant glimpse of the aging titan. As Steve Danziger discovers, it’s almost a shame Welles didn’t make his living as a conversationalist.

Arendt in New York City

July 1st, 2013
Arendt in New York City

When Hannah Arendt published Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1964, her moral authority was called into question. Now Margarethe von Trotta’s new film Hannah Arendt explores both who has the right and who has the responsibility to speak about the Holocaust.

All the Absolutely Fabulous Gatsbys

June 1st, 2013
All the Absolutely Fabulous Gatsbys

Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster is merely the newest Great Gatsby for film or television–four adaptations before it attempted to capture the dazzle and pathos of the classic. Matt Sadler us on a tour of West Egg across the decades.

Flowers in the Pit

February 1st, 2013
Flowers in the Pit

“The eye says ‘Here is Anna Karenina,’” wrote Virginia Woolf; “A voluptuous lady in black velvet wearing pearls comes before us. But the brain says ‘that is no more Anna Karenina than it is Queen Victoria.’” Joe Wright’s cinematic adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel avoids the pitfalls of such literalism.

Rarest Spun Heavenmetal

December 1st, 2012
Rarest Spun Heavenmetal

A Clockwork Orange turned 50 this year and received the gift of an anniversary edition. Justin Hickey looks anew at the novel Anthony Burgess claimed to have knocked off in three weeks, and which made him famous.

A Hope in the Undead

October 1st, 2012
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The Walking Dead, the hit TV series adapted from the zombie-apocalypse comics, offers fans a gripping and subversive take on the accidents of survival.

The Gods Themselves

September 1st, 2012
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How is Hollywood like a clever boy who never tries? In every way imaginable. The story of two Total Recalls is a sad one indeed.

Those Feet

August 1st, 2012
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This summer’s London Olympics take us back to 1981’s Chariots of Fire, the 1924 Olympics, and the poetry of William Blake. The connection? All remind us of the fragility of glory and our endless wish to make the past present.

The Adam of Your Labors

August 1st, 2012
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Expensive new Batman movies have become a Hollywood ritual, but the character has been thrilling readers – and reflecting a constantly-shifting culture – for seventy years

Endless Forms Most Brutal

June 1st, 2012
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As Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” takes movie-goers back to the world of his “Alien” classics, we take a look at the long and lively history of modern cinema’s most famous monsters.

Into the Breach: Battle Royale and Hunger Games

April 1st, 2012
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The box office record-setting movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is the latest incarnation of an unsettling children-as-prey plot that’s been with us in one form or another for a long time – and never more vividly than in Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale

A Man Could Stand Up: On Downton Abbey’s Second Season

April 1st, 2012
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Unlike the soap operas with which it is often dismissively aligned, Downton Abbey is defined by change rather than stasis – by its beautifully produced attention to social evolution.

Survivor Testimony: The Case for Apocalypto

December 1st, 2011
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Mel Gibson has made far more headlines for boorish public behavior than for the movies he’s directed, and yet one of those movies — the ambitious, problematic “Apocalypto,” seeks to transcend easy classification.

A Question, an Answer, and a Death

June 1st, 2011
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Cinema lore has it that Jean-Luc Godard read only the first and last three pages of King Lear before making his film adaptation. Lianne Habinek suggests this may have helped him get at the play’s essence.

Astonish Us

May 1st, 2011
Astonish Us

Pauline Kael is out of print today and perhaps known best for the enemies she made. But any immersion into her passionate, intelligent writing shows her to have been one of the best movie critics–or critic of any kind–of the past century.

The Greatness that was Downton

February 1st, 2011
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Julian Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey” was shot in a castle, but it may have a nearer relationship to “Mad Men” than “Brideshead Revisited.” Joanna Scutts tracks the evolution of the British costume drama.

The Original Wasn’t Better

August 1st, 2010
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Amardeep Singh rebuts the oldest of film-goer complaints with a defense of adaptations of classic literature, the more inventive the better

Late to the Movies

August 1st, 2010
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Movies notoriously fail when they try to depict interiority. So why not just restrict ourselves to books? For a million reasons and more.

Wedding Plans Are Postponed Due to Patricide

June 1st, 2010
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The new Hollywood extravaganza “Prince of Persia” is based on a video game with long history. Fitting, then, that our gamer-expert Phillip A. Lobo should review them both.

Brain Vegans

June 1st, 2010
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George Romero, master of the zombie movie, returns to theaters with Survival of the Dead, and our resident zombie expert Deirdre Crimmins has a front row seat.

A Real Island

November 1st, 2009
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For a season, Maurice Sendak’s iconic Wild Things have become specifically what Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze want them to be … but what is that? Janet Potter goes out to meet them.

Fun, with Zombies

November 1st, 2009
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Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland straddles the divide between light family fare and flesh-eating mayhem; Deirdre Crimmins is naturally intrigued.

The French Food Connection

September 1st, 2009
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Julia Child is all the rage: a new movie (Julie & Julia) and a couple of related books (My Life in France and the gastronomically-inclined Gourmet’s Rhapsody), etc. Sharon Fulton samples the wares.

‘The Dog is Going to Die’

August 1st, 2009
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He transformed the American musical – and Judy Garland. Now Vincente Minelli has finally got his due – Brad Jones reviews America’s Dark Dreamer by Emanuel Levy.

For Your Consideration

August 1st, 2009
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The Academy often forgets Oscar-caliber performances from the first half of the year, but movie maven Sarah Hudson doesn’t! Here are some of her earliest nominations.

Review of Public Enemies

July 3rd, 2009
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Sarah Hudson reviews Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, scrambled plot and all: “The exquisite production deserves to be seen on a big screen but no one will blame you if you sit this one out.”

That Old Bryn Mawr Accent

July 1st, 2009
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Their cinematic pairings are the stuff of movie legend, but do their movies stand the test of time? Sarah Hudson takes in the films of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

Strange New Worlds

May 1st, 2009
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J.J. Abrams’ long-awaited Star Trek reboot has hit theaters, and Steve Donoghue looks into whether it carries on a proud legacy, or else overturns it.

Trouble Shooting: Video Games into Movies

May 1st, 2009
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You’d think any brand of movie that could produce Super Mario Bros. would have no advocates left, but you’d be wrong! Our gaming expert Phillip A. Lobo diagnoses the problem to date and charts a new path for video game movies.

Weirder Than Real: The Films of Michel Gondry

April 1st, 2008
Weirder Than Real: The Films of Michel Gondry

Lianne Habinek forges into the beguiling part-adult, part-childish, part-real, part-dreamlike films of Michel Gondry.

Good and Bad Replications

February 1st, 2008
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Studio interference severely compromised Ridley Scott’s visually stunning 1982 film Blade Runner. Now with Blade Runner: The Final Cut on DVD, Brian Kirker explores the remastering of a masterpiece.

Noises in the Dark

November 1st, 2007
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Uncanny Bodies identifies an early affinity between talking pictures and the horror genre. Adam Golaski finds this chillingly true, but sees Robert Spadoni as the wrong man to explain it.