Stephanie Zacharek

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  • 2 days ago | Film Reviews

    The close-up, ostensibly one of a filmmaker's most valuable tools, is now so overused that it's practically meaningless. Thanks to TV — and to our habit of watching big-screen movies on increasingly smaller ones — we're now so used to seeing a sho...

  • 2 days ago | Film Reviews

    When you're young, to be old — even just the 44 kind of old — is unimaginable. Yet no one who has ever turned 44, or 54 or 74, can tell you how it happened. There's no single moment of passing to the other side of the looking glass; the...

  • Even if you think you don't know the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, you've probably seen them. In one of his most famous pictures, taken in the mid-1980s in Mali, a woman whose face is half-hidden by a dark, rough-textured cotton veil,...

  • Sometimes, particularly in the presence of an actor whose face is worth watching, a long or medium shot is a filmmaker's best ally: In Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's splendid, quietly passionate dream-Western Jauja, we want to creep...

  • There's much to recommend Home, DreamWorks' animated adventure about a winsome polychrome alien trying to make a place for himself on Earth, but only because it offers so many vague teachable moments that you're bound to find something you...

  • When you're young, to be old -- even just the 44 kind of old -- is unimaginable. There's no single moment of passing to the other side; the only thing that's real is the bewilderment of realizing that you've somehow squeezed through to...