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Film, Andrzej Zulawski's <i>Possession</i> at Cinefamily

Andrzej Zulawski's Possession at Cinefamily

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 toward Repulsion-style psychological breakdown, escalates into the avant-garde splatterific body horror of the...…
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Film, Dziga Vertov Retrospective at UCLA

Dziga Vertov Retrospective at UCLA

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 (1896–1954) rivals Stan Brakhage and Oscar Micheaux as supreme inventor of motion-picture form. Vertov —...…
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Film, Jean-Luc Godard's <i>Film Socialisme</i> Reviewed

Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme Reviewed

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Film, Jean-Luc Godard's <i>Weekend</i> at Cinefamily

Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend at Cinefamily

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Film, <i>A Separation</i> Review

A Separation Review

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 camera that stands in for the judge, a quarrelsome husband and...…
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L.A. Weekly Critic J. Hoberman's Top 10 Movies of 2011

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Film, 2011 <i>Village Voice</i>/<i>L.A. Weekly</i> Film Critics' Poll

2011 Village Voice/L.A. Weekly Film Critics' Poll

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Film, <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i> Review

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review

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Film, <i>War Horse Review</i>

War Horse Review

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Film, <i>Young Adult</i> Review

Young Adult Review

Described as a "psychotic prom-queen bitch," the antiheroine of Young Adult is a prize part that affords Charlize Theron one of the season's prize performances. Theron established her bona fides and won an Oscar playing a serial killer in Monster; Young Adult, directed by Jason Reitman from Diablo Cody's screenplay,...…
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Film, <i>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</i> Review

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review

John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 1974 spy novel generally regarded as the writer's finest, is predicated on a pair of enigmatic personalities: the colorless, bureaucratic master spook George Smiley and the double agent the Soviets have planted near the top of British intelligence, whom Smiley must unmask...…
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Film, <i>Shame</i> Review

Shame Review

Steve McQueen's first two films both star Michael Fassbender, feature virtually interchangeable titles, and are nearly as grueling to watch as they must have been to make. But where Shame might be nearly as excruciating as 2008's Hunger, it's a lot less exalted. In Hunger, Fassbender's imprisoned Irish revolutionary Bobby...…
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Film, <i>A Dangerous Method</i> Review

A Dangerous Method Review

A Dangerous Method, the title of David Cronenberg's viscerally cerebral new film, is something of an understatement. As cataclysmic as it is, this historically scrupulous sci-fi romance concerning the discovery of the unconscious mind might have been titled War of the Worlds or The Beast From 5,000 Fathoms. Adapted by...…
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Film, <i>The Descendants</i> Review

The Descendants Review

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Film, Lars Von Trier's <i>Melancholia</i> Review

Lars Von Trier's Melancholia Review

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Film, <i>J. Edgar</i> Review

J. Edgar Review

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Film, The Rum Diary Review

The Rum Diary Review

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Film, <i>Martha Marcy May Marlene</i> Review

Martha Marcy May Marlene Review

As taut and economical as its title is unwieldy, Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene — a first feature that won the Best Director award in January at Sundance — is a deft, old-school psychological thriller (or perhaps horror film) that relies mainly on the power of suggestion and memories...…
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Film, <i>Le Havre</i> Review

Le Havre Review

Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre is something of a comeback for the Finnish filmmaker. His warmhearted comedy of underdog working-class solidarity, made with a mixed Finnish-French-Senegalese cast in the French port city Le Havre, was the most warmly received movie — at least by the press — shown last May in...…
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Film, Silent Souls (Ovsyanki) Review

Silent Souls (Ovsyanki) Review

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