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  • It seems as if, for every 10 issue-oriented documentaries that essentially function as long-form magazine articles with images attached, we get perhaps one doc that exemplifies the methods of "direct cinema" — the observational mode of...

  • Two key elements in horror movies are anticipation and pacing, with the latter simply the heightening and lowering of the former. With Late Phases, Adrián García Bogliano artfully engages with those tools, crafting a...

  • 4 months ago | Film and TV

    With the first two documentaries in her post–9/11 trilogy — My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under U.S. occupation, and The Oath, which focused on two Guantánamo Bay prisoners — Laura Poitras seemed to be making ...

  • A film about victimization that itself has trouble viewing its characters as much else than victims, Jeff Barnaby's Rhymes for Young Ghouls runs into some ironic narrative problems. That's not to say that its subject matter and fine lead...

  • For a film with shootouts, heists and high-speed chases, Julian Gilbey's Plastic is a strangely lifeless affair. The crime pic, about undergraduate credit-card scammers who incur the wrath of a London gangster, checks off all the boxes...

  • "I think you have a problem with people," Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) informs Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) in the middle of the desert. The utterance comes midway through Tracks, John Curran's true-story narrative of Davidson's 1,700-mile...