Benjamin Mercer

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  • A biopic bent on futzing with the form, A Liar's Autobiography bears the strong authorial stamp of its subject, but nonetheless looks like something made by committee: The 3-D feature incorporates 17 different animation styles (by 14...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Arriving in theaters on a wave of free publicity — its distributor, the Weinstein Company, butted heads with the MPAA over the R rating; an unsuccessful PG-13-supportive online petition followed — Lee Hirsch's Bully is something of an ...

  • 4 years ago | Film and TV

    On balance, the message stays positive: Two of To Be Heard's four credited directors (Roland Legiardi-Laura and Amy Sultan) co-founded the South Bronx after-school program the documentary revolves around, and the film shows them offering above-and...

  • 4 years ago | Film and TV

    Norman (Dan Byrd) is as sarcastically disconsolate a protagonist as you'll see in a movie involving a romance with the new girl in school—his English teacher (Adam Goldberg) at one point refers to him as "Little Camus." Director Jonathan Seg...

  • 4 years ago | Film and TV

    "There is a lot of work to be done in the summer," says Tibetan nomad Yama in Summer Pasture, a documentary directed by Lynn True and Nelson Walker (working with co-director Tsering Perlo). The film bears witness to that fact. Up at 4 a.m., Yama c...