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  • The totemic power of Jean-Pierre Léaud extends far beyond the French New Wave, the film movement for which he will forever remain the most paradigmatic performer. In the éminence grise phase of his career, which began about two...

  • Before we see anything in Below Her Mouth (spoiler alert: The below in the title probably refers to a woman's naughty bits), we hear sexual moaning. This Canadian lesbian drama is basically softcore porn, which isn't necessarily a...

  • Twice I’ve described Kitty Green’s curious, alienating docu-whatzit Casting JonBenet to friends, and twice I’ve been asked, with surprising heat, “Why?” and “What’s the point?” So, this time, before we get into the specifics of what this...

  • Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation is one of the best films I’ve ever seen about corruption. That’s true despite the fact that Mungiu underplays the typical elements found in tales about this subject: You won’t find many fast-talking...

  • Terry George's The Promise, a handsome but lumpish film whose creators are too honest to lie to us about individual heroism, has the rare good fortune of turning up in theaters just weeks after another film showed how necessary a movie...

  • Even though he's one of the world's most celebrated celebrity chefs, Jeremiah Tower is a solitary man. In the CNN-produced documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, he mostly travels around all by his lonesome, walking the Earth...

  • Nasty, brutish and not short enough, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire has a simple -- and ultimately simpleminded -- premise: to protract what would normally be a brief shoot-out scene to the majority of the movie's 90-minute running time. On the...

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