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There's More to Streaming Than Netflix

As of this writing, the Netflix Instant catalog boasts more than 10,000 titles available for online streaming — a number that, as per the official Netflix rhetoric, seems colossal. But the landscape of this digital paradise may not be quite so idyllic. As classic-film enthusiast Jaime Christley reminds us, "If...…
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10 Movies to See in 2014

As awards season draws nearer and best-of-the-year lists keep rolling in, there's only one thing left to do: Get excited about what comes next. Here are 10 films you won't want to miss in 2014. 1. Adieu au language (director: Jean-Luc Godard) Jean-Luc Godard, master of the French Nouvelle Vague,...…
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Five of the Year's Best Films -- Which You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

For professional film critics, you'll notice, the year in film tends to conclude prematurely. Those "Best Of" lists you see popping up everywhere often have been tallied, decided and finalized by mid-November -- and in the web's ever-harried race for clicks and pageviews, that date seems to be advancing all...…
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Film, Five Great Summer Movies You Might Have Missed (And Can Still Catch!)

Five Great Summer Movies You Might Have Missed (And Can Still Catch!)

As another summer movie season characterized by cynicism and excess draws to a close, there are few activities less valuable or interesting than complaining about it. The blockbusters arrived, flattened cities, vomited effects, deafened with explosions, made money, didn’t make enough money, pleased populist critics, displeased elitist critics, and finally...…
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Track Down This Film: A New Leaf, Elaine May's Unfinished Jewel

This month, President Obama awarded actor-writer-director Elaine May the 2012 National Medal of Arts in recognition of "her contributions to American comedy"--an honor that, after more than 40 years of neglect of her films, seems rather like a consolation prize. The four movies May directed, between 1971 and 1987, have...…
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Nothing's Shocking: What Does It Mean for a Film to Be Transgressive Today?

In 1997, the programmers of the Making Scenes queer film and video festival in Ottawa, Ontario, received an unmarked package in the mail. It contained a videotape of an original film, with no return address or contact information of any kind. The film, a five-minute short shot on video in...…
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Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Is David Lynch's Masterpiece

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The Big Wedding is Vile, Racist, and Embarrassing

When Michael Haneke’s sobering end-of-life drama Amour premiered at Cannes last May, many critics reflected on the presence of a shared cultural legacy. Its stars, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, evoked the iconography of the New Wave, the once-young faces of Hiroshima mon amour and My Night at Maud’s now...…
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Film, Tom Cruise Can Still Be Great -- Why Aren't His Movies?

Tom Cruise Can Still Be Great -- Why Aren't His Movies?

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Roger Ebert: Why There Can Never Be Another

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