Michael Atkinson

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  • Certain varietals of grandly gestured cinema inspire mad, inexplicable devotion among cinephiles: The films of Welles, Ophüls, Sirk, Leone, Scorsese and Wong, for example, tend to magnetize our nerve endings more than our frontal lobes. Of...

  • Another gray-panther valediction: At 82, John Boorman caps his unpredictably schizo career with this sequel to 1987's all-this-and-WWII boyhood memoir Hope and Glory, continuing the spry Brit's semi-autobiography into the '50s. More...

  • 3 months ago | Film and TV

    In the olden days, what month it was never mattered to movies. But today the late winter months are well known as a weedy boneyard of mouth-breathing Hollywood castoffs, and we explore it at the cost of our patience, time, shekels and optimism. Fo...

  • It seemed for years that Aleksei German's final work, Hard to Be a God, was a movie the gods didn't want to see finished. Six years in production, eight in post, still being tweaked when German died in 2013, the film might be the most...

  • 5 months ago | Film and TV

    A canny portrait of marital catastrophe that's equal measures Raymond Carver bitter quietude and late Ingmar Bergman striptease, Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure surprised grown-up moviegoers, starved for mature meat ages after such psychodramat...

  • 5 months ago | Film and TV

    Call it Stone Age materialism, but I still think movies are worth owning in physical forms you can hold, shelve and collect, and therefore worth giving as gifts. Fuck the Cloud — who knows when Hulu will be sold to Google, or when Netflix wi...