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Dancing through a dull ache in wistful Chilean film ‘Gloria’

Dancing through a dull ache in wistful Chilean film ‘Gloria’

It’s a small, low-key birthday party, for a young man in his 20s. His parents are present, but the years have brought changes: both are accompanied by dates. Photographs are brought out for reminiscing, and the now ex-husband and wife pose for a snapshot of them holding their wedding picture…

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‘Good Ol’ Freda’: Beatles’ secretary content to let it be

‘Good Ol’ Freda’: Beatles’ secretary content to let it be

You’d think the well of Beatles nostalgia had run dry — hasn’t everyone remotely associated with the Fab Four long ago weighed in, cashed in and told their stories to anyone who would listen?

October 24, 2013 12:00 am

‘We Are What We Are’ gives new meaning to ‘family dinner’

The Parkers, who live way out by the trailer park, are a rather strange family.

October 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Blanchett shines in 'Jasmine,' Woody Allen's latest drama

Blanchett shines in 'Jasmine,' Woody Allen's latest drama

Cate Blanchett saunters through Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" like a nervous pearl.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

'Still Mine': Twilight of a marriage

Bring a handkerchief, or possibly a bedsheet, to "Still Mine"; this fact-based, beautifully acted drama could wring tears from a brick. Craig Morrison (James Cromwell) is a New Brunswick farmer in his late 80s, happily married for many decades to his wife, Irene (Genevieve Bujold), keeping h…

August 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Blackfish': Killer whales' troubled lives in captivity

"When you look into their eyes, you know somebody is home," says a professor and former whale trainer in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's often-shocking documentary "Blackfish," speaking of the intelligence and personality of captive killer whales. Later in the film, they're called something else: t…

August 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Film basically an ad - with wit, style - for a store

Film basically an ad - with wit, style - for a store

As if the title of Matthew Miele's documentary "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" wasn't doing enough to pare down its audience, let me note that this film is, basically, a commercial for a department store.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'A Late Quartet': Lovely music but dissonant relationships

'A Late Quartet': Lovely music but dissonant relationships

There's a moment late in Yaron Zilberman's drama "A Late Quartet" that's as beautiful an illustration of listening as you're likely to see in any movie this year.

December 06, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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'For a Good Time, Call ...' - on second thought, don't

'For a Good Time, Call ...' - on second thought, don't

Ari Graynor, in the comedy "For a Good Time, Call ...," has the brassy energy of the young Bette Midler; she sashays through the film as if it just might turn into a musical at any moment.

September 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

'The Queen of Versailles' timely peek at fortune's fleeting way

Both a gossipy peek at lives-of-the-rich-and-famous and a trenchant examination of the American dream, Lauren Greenfield's "The Queen of Versailles" is about one family and two houses. The family is the Siegels, of Florida: David, a billionaire time-share magnate; Jackie, his decades-younger…

August 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Best and worst of cinema in the past year

Best and worst of cinema in the past year

Following a tradition established long ago, here is a list of year-end awards you won't see anywhere else: the Dubious Achievements - in movies, that is - of 2011.

January 05, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Intriguing 'Puncture' cries for documentary treatment

A well-made drama about a pair of young attorneys and a potentially explosive case, "Puncture" has the unusual problem of being almost too intriguing: Its based-on-true-events story seems to cry out for documentary treatment.

December 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'The Tree' grows into menacing presence

'The Tree' grows into menacing presence

A poetic tale of loss and starting over, Julie Bertuccelli's "The Tree" centers on its title character: an enormous, sprawling fig tree that stands by the home of the O'Neil family, in the Australian countryside.

September 08, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Holocaust subjugated in 'Sarah's Key'

Holocaust subjugated in 'Sarah's Key'

Kristin Scott Thomas slips easily between English and French in "Sarah's Key," but what's most affecting about her performance are the silences. She's long been the kind of actress who can speak volumes without a word - you see her intelligence clicking along, as she thinks in character - an…

August 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
If you liked 'Snow Flower' book, don't get hopes up for movie

If you liked 'Snow Flower' book, don't get hopes up for movie

Ever had the feeling that you fell asleep and woke up in the wrong movie?

August 04, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Witty mockumentary 'Trollhunter' well-styled, solid horror-spoofing fun

Witty mockumentary 'Trollhunter' well-styled, solid horror-spoofing fun

"Do you think Michael Moore gave up after the first try?" asks a would-be documentarian in "Trollhunter," a witty "Blair Witch"-style mockumentary about, you guessed it, troll hunting.

July 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Deftly told 'Blue Valentine' weaves story of love edging into darkness

Deftly told 'Blue Valentine' weaves story of love edging into darkness

Two young people, a man and a woman, pause at a dark storefront on a quiet street, late at night. They're giggling and silly, awash in the early days of attraction that just might be love. She, goofy and embarrassed, demonstrates a talent for him - tap dancing, with feet shuffling and arms f…

January 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Nazi propaganda film finally finds a sobering conclusion

"This is the story of a film that was never completed," begins the sober narration of the Holocaust documentary "A Film Unfinished," a film that is, in itself, an act of completion.

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'Mao's Last Dancer' shows sacrifices defector made

'Mao's Last Dancer' shows sacrifices defector made

Bruce Beresford's "Mao's Last Dancer" tells the kind of inspirational true-life story that seems made for the movies.

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'Animal Kingdom' actors nail parts, but grandma is particularly chilling

'Animal Kingdom' actors nail parts, but grandma is particularly chilling

The most terrifying gesture you may well see in theaters this year comes in David Michod's fine Australian crime noir "Animal Kingdom," from a sweet-voiced grandmother (Jacki Weaver).

September 30, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
'Cairo Time' has quiet, mesmerizing pace

'Cairo Time' has quiet, mesmerizing pace

Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is alone in Cairo, waiting for her diplomat husband, Mark, to join her, lost in that night-lit disorientation that jet lag brings.

September 09, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

'Stonewall' doc at Loft Wednesday

"There was no out, there was only in," says a historian in the moving "Stonewall Uprising," screening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway.

September 02, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
True-crime tale follows Barnes art collection

True-crime tale follows Barnes art collection

"If you're going to leave your paintings somewhere," warns an art expert in "The Art of the Steal," Don Argott's passionate documentary, "don't let there be a politician within 500 yards."

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'Prophet': a tale of survival

In "A Prophet," Jacques Audiard's haunting prison drama, we watch a young man transformed by life behind bars.

March 25, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Toronto fest delivers star-studded 10 days

Toronto fest delivers star-studded 10 days

The Toronto International Film Festival ended last week, after 10 days of frantic activity that included hundreds of movies, filmmakers, actors, publicists and cellphone-clutching fans.

October 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
'Summer' a stylish love story

'Summer' a stylish love story

"This is not a love story," intones a voice-over at the beginning of Marc Webb's smart, funny "(500) Days of Summer," and we learn in the course of the film that this nameless voice is both right and wrong.

July 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

You could warm up to Gore in documentary, truthfully

Who would have thought that a stirring movie could be made from footage of Al Gore presenting a slide show, interspersed — for excitement's sake — with footage of Gore tapping away on his laptop or walking through airports?

June 18, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

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