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  • It's tempting to suggest that if you have any interest in Iranian film in general, or in particular Asghar Farhadi — the director and writer of that shred-your-heart masterpiece A Separation — you should simply get yourself to Farhadi's About...

  • One of the most inspired ideas in late-middle Woody Allen pictures comes in Deconstructing Harry, a movie about how Allen loves Bergman, hates Philip Roth, and isn't quite clear on what “deconstruction” means. Allen stages passages from fiction...

  • Sofía Vergara is built like an amphora, a living testament to the form ceramicists throughout the centuries have adored. In the fleet and gloriously ridiculous comedy Hot Pursuit, Vergara plays Daniella Riva, a mobster’s wife who needs to be...

  • The problem with inspirational biopics is keeping the person at the center of the story relatable and realistic rather than deifying them. Christina Noble's story is eminently -- almost heartbreakingly -- grounded, and the aptly titled...

  • You needn't have ever lived in New York City to know what to expect from movies based in the Big Apple: namely, the love-hate relationship longtime residents have for a city that's constantly changing, often in maddening ways. In Richard...

  • Is it possible to be accidentally definitive? James D. Cooper's thorough and revealing doc Lambert & Stamp is billed as the story of the managers who whipped The Who into being The Who. But once it's sketched out the characters and...

  • Though it’s hard to believe in 2015, there was a time when fictional heroines didn’t have to be role models, when a character’s backbone could be more than just a row of vertebrae lined up into teachable moments. It’s wonderful that modern...

  • "We moved to genital touching, as you suggested. He was present throughout." That's how sex-surrogate therapist Ronah (Brooke Bloom) reports to her boss about one of her sessions with a client suffering erectile dysfunction and a general...

  • Any Day is blessed with a proliferation of odd details, but writer-director Rustam Branaman doesn't seem to realize how strange they are, or how interesting they could have been if heightened a little. For instance: Of all the challenges...