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  • Outsider filmmakers often bring to their work an outsider's curiosity. Irish director Paddy Breathnach captures a gorgeous portrait of Cuba with his drama Viva, but it fails to deeply connect with the culture it portrays. Here, the imagery...

  • After he saw a Clairol commercial that declared, "Blonds have more fun," David Hockney immediately went out to bleach his hair and has been blond ever since, for decades. Another time, he decided to rent out a billboard across the street from one...

  • In this hushed, prickling drama, Laura Bispuri creates and erases binaries with every swivel of the camera, drawing out whole stories from soft glances, silences, shadows and the loom of the Northern Albanian mountains, the hard faces of men....

  • Fairy tales were meant to be oral stories. Translating the tangents of old women in far-flung villages (whose chips on their shoulders about, say, their brother’s failed shipping business might inspire long asides about the shipping industry)...

  • There's an old comedy trick where a writer throws two polar opposites into an enclosed space and watches the sparks fly. It's called Neil Simoning, and it's the only trick Chuck Lorre ever learned. So far, nobody's tried Neil Simoning the...

  • Careful what you wish for. When it was announced that Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt would be joining Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth for the follow-up to 2012's humdrum action-fairy-tale Snow White and the Huntsman, many filmgoers,...

  • Score one for going home again. After misfiring with Begin Again, a film that asked us to worry over a disillusioned A&R man's efforts to coax a folk-pop album out of Keira Knightley, writer-director John Carney has turned back to the...

  • Elvis Presley once watched Dr. Strangelove three times in one night at a Memphis movie theater. After that, he made them play the last reel several more times, marveling at it. It's fascinating to wonder about: Here's this country's biggest...

  • Don’t hold it against Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King that its best scene is also its first. As Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) strides down a suburban street singing a modified version of Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” (“You may find yourself …...

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