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  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    The phrase over the top doesn't begin to characterize Polish director Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 Possession. Made with an international cast in still-divided Berlin, the movie starts as an unusually violent breakup film, takes an extremely yucky turn...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    The greatest red documentary filmmaker of the 1920s, the greatest documentary filmmaker of the '20s, the greatest filmmaker ... ever? In the alternate universe where vision trumps commerce and formal innovation displaces narrative, Dziga Vertov (1...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    In the late 1960s, when Jean-Luc Godard was at the acme of his influence, Manny Farber concluded an enthusiastic if grudging appreciation with a litany of Godard's faults ("I think that I shall never see scenes with more sleep-provoking powers, or...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Click here for "Godard's '60s Revisited: The Rebirth of Cool," by Karina Longworth. Jean-Luc Godard changed the course of film history with his debut, Breathless (1960), and then again when he capped an unprecedented seven-year run with his 14th f...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    A Separation — the fifth feature by Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi — is an urgently shot courtroom drama designed to put you in the jury box. Dispensing with preliminaries, it opens at a judicial hearing where, both facing the ...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    "A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees," per William Blake. Ain't that the truth! Although listed by barely half of the 95 participating voters, Terrence Malick's polarizing The Tree of Life sits comfortably atop the 2011 Film Critics...