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Review: 'Omar' — Life filled with complications, scrupulously crafted

In Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar,” Adam Bakri delivers an assured, charismatic performance as the title character, a young Palestinian man living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where he must navigate a vertiginous separation wall and checkpoints simply to visit friends. (“Omar” is the second fi…

February 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
'The Square’ : An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics

'The Square’ : An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics

“The Square,” a stunning new documentary by Jehane Noujaim about the 2011 uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and its aftermath, epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.

February 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
‘Her’ movie review: Spike Jonze’s beguiling, ‘slightly futuristic’ love story

‘Her’ movie review: Spike Jonze’s beguiling, ‘slightly futuristic’ love story

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a gentle, thoroughly disarming performance in “Her,” a wildly inventive, scrupulously understated romance from Spike Jonze. Set in a Los Angeles that’s been ingeniously photographed to exploit its most futuristic vernacular, “Her” takes place at a time that may be ju…

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

'Go for Sisters' is gritty, captivating, flawed

For the past several years, independent film icon John Sayles has proved to be one of cinema’s most reliable, occasionally brilliant, regionalists, creating rich, complex portraits of linguistic and geographic subcultures from Texas (“Lone Star”) to Alaska (“Limbo”), Florida (“Sunshine State…

December 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
‘Museum Hours,’ an exhilarating journey through art and life

‘Museum Hours,’ an exhilarating journey through art and life

Filmmaker Jem Cohen has always made a study of vagrant, accidental beauty — from his urban essay films to the feature “Chain,” set in the midst of America’s vast corporate wasteland.

October 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Blue Caprice': Paranoia, rage lead to terror

'Blue Caprice': Paranoia, rage lead to terror

It’s become such a matter of course to turn traumatic real events into big-screen dramas that viewers aren’t expected to question why real-life pain and confusion carry inherent entertainment value: It happened, therefore it’s fodder, ripe for processing in any number of ways, from the thoug…

October 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Drinking Buddies': A toast to love and lagers

Drinking Buddies': A toast to love and lagers

Did you ever have that kind of relationship that was kind-of friendly, kind-of flirty, perhaps freighted with complicated emotions under the surface, but you just weren’t sure?

September 12, 2013 12:00 am

A deviation for Coppola

On a drizzly May afternoon in Cannes, France, Sofia Coppola is curled up in a chair in the lounge of a huge hotel.

June 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'West of Memphis' brings detail, legwork to the task

'West of Memphis' brings detail, legwork to the task

For fans of the "Paradise Lost" movies - Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's shattering documentaries about gruesome child murders in West Memphis, Ark., and the three teenagers who were railroaded into being convicted for the crimes - news that Peter Jackson was producing a documentary of hi…

February 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Filmgoers may finally be rejecting screen violence

Filmgoers may finally be rejecting screen violence

In theaters, the movies might look the same. But perhaps now we see them differently.

February 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Chicken With Plums' is a feast

'Chicken With Plums' is a feast

In 2007, Iranian-born graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi made a splash with "Persepolis," her wildly inventive animated memoir of growing up and getting out of her troubled home country.

October 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Birbiglia is, as usual, engaging in life story 'Sleepwalk With Me'

Birbiglia is, as usual, engaging in life story 'Sleepwalk With Me'

Mike Birbiglia is a man of many constituencies - as a club-proven standup comedian, he's gained popularity with the Comedy Central crowd over the course of several appearances on that cable channel; he's achieved Spalding Gray-worthy cult status with performances at Manhattan's spoken-word s…

September 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
A glimpse behind Iran's curtain

A glimpse behind Iran's curtain

Revolutions large and small make themselves felt throughout "Circumstance," Maryam Keshavarz's sensuously subversive directorial debut about forbidden love in contemporary Tehran.

December 29, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Voyeuristic 'Shut Up!' curiously appealing

For anyone who thinks that viral entertainment started with a panda sneezing and ended with Sad Keanu, let your elders school you: Even in the 1990s, the tail end of the baby boom generation enjoyed its version of weird, wonderful "found" materials that started as a shared in-joke and wound …

September 29, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Hidden wonders revealed from 30,000 years ago

Hidden wonders revealed from 30,000 years ago

With 3-D now the purview of every cinematic showman from James Cameron to those who brought us the horrible creation "The Last Airbender," it's about time the technology reached the hands of an artist.

May 12, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Marwencol' a probing look at root of 1 man's creativity

'Marwencol' a probing look at root of 1 man's creativity

In the spring of 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally beaten outside a bar in Kingston, N.Y. After paramedics brought him back from certain death, he stayed in a coma for several days; when he emerged from the hospital more than a month later, he did so as a changed man, with little memory of h…

December 30, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Tale of German terrorists a gripping history lesson

There's a sickening sense of rightness that "The Baader Meinhof Complex" opened in Washington on Sept. 11.

November 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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