Mark Holcomb

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  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    What's missing from Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, first-time director Lorene Scafaria's Steve Carell vehicle misfire, is the one element any apocalypse narrative suffocates without — urgency. Scafaria, screenwriter of the chippe...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Like the longhair with the foghorn falsetto it's titled after, this unfussy rock-doc profile is shaggy, sophisticated and more than a little sad. Compiled from dozens of hours of 2009 interview footage with Memphis indie-punk icon Jay Reatard (n&e...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    As bluntly humanist and free-ranging as its subject, this brisk take on the life of poet, sociologist, educator, psychologist, and general pain-in-the-ass gadfly Paul Goodman is as much endangered-species doc as biography. The most influential 20t...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Packing an entire season's worth of The Wire's dirty cops, self-serving politicians, serpentine plotting, and gruesome, wasteful collateral damage into just under two hours, this sequel to the 2007 Brazilian hit Elite Squad will test the ideologic...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Documentary-fiction hybrids are tough to pull off, and this one stumbles hard over the fiction part. The good news is that Bombay Beach is a gorgeously shot, humane work that takes a narratively oblique approach to the impoverished residents of a ...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Pretentious muddle trumps splattery satire in this high-minded indie button-pusher, which is only fleetingly as transgressive as its infamous Sundance-screening walkout might suggest. (That incident, a video of which is all over the Net, seems at ...