Alan Scherstuhl

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  • 15 days ago | Film and TV

    We may not need another hero, but true believers don't need to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film — and the first of this summer's pixels-go-kablooey time-wasters — to get better as it goes. The filmmakers save their b...

  • Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes that promise is dual: Here's 100 or so minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism, or...

  • David Thorpe's breezy, insightful doc answers its title's question before it's even begun. Thorpe, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, reads the names of the film's production companies before the opening credits, and there's little doubt about it -- he...

  • We may not need another hero, but true believers don't need to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film -- and the first of this summer's pixels-go-kablooey time-wasters -- to get better as it goes. The filmmakers...

  • 16 days ago | Film and TV

    Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, that promise is dual: Here’s 100 or so minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism or classing up script pa...

  • World cinema may have no better builder of delightful scenes than Roy Andersson, the deadpan Swedish existentialist. Each shot in an Andersson film is part diorama, part theatrical performance, part moviemaking the way Thomas Edison did it: Build...

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