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Bernardo Bertolucci has long fed off a cinephilia he appears to despise.

Considered as a subset of the road movie, the post-Holocaust, return-to-Poland documentary has been a dismayingly static genre. Most of these films are journeys in only the physical sense.

About a third of the way through the long, long flashback that is Crimson Gold, someone mentions that the main character, Hussein, needs to work outdoors because of his claustrophobia.

An indispensable work of art, especially at
this moment in our history, Errol Morris's new documentary declares
its theme before you even step into the theater. The Fog of
War
, says

In one of his sunnier moods, Jean-Luc Godard might have tacked onto The Last Samurai the subtitle une étrange aventure de Tom Cruise.

To the fleet of symbolic vehicles currently cruising the screen--their number includes the "Pussy Wagon" that Uma Thurman (in Kill Bill) coldly claims as her own--we may now add Benicio De

The lights go down in the courtroom, a 16-millimeter projector shoots
out its beam, and into the trial blazes evidence of an unprecedented
nature: not a report of criminal events but the crime

Ghosts are notorious for getting stuck in time. Having lost track of the
ongoing world, they will revisit certain hours as obsessively as they
haunt a fatal spot.

Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, which opened this year's New York
Film Festival on a somber but resonant note, is perhaps the finest
western ever to be set in South Boston.

The setting is a one-room schoolhouse, which is momentarily unoccupied
except for a pair of turtles.

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March 12, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015

The new documentary following Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts provides important context to necessary change for global reproductive rights.

January 12, 2015

Pushing this country forward takes more than a sympathetic president.

January 8, 2015

It took MLK’s activism and LBJ’s leadership to pass the Voting Rights Act.

January 8, 2015

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014