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In the Heart of the Sea's Enduring Battles Still Fascinate

10 months ago by Amy Nicholson
Years after Moby-Dick was a flop, Herman Melville visited an old ship’s captain named George Pollard. Both men had seen better days. In their youth, both had sailed the seas with some success. Melville had written novels about his adventures with island girls, and Pollard had helmed one of Nantucket’s...

Craig Looks Great, but Spectre Is Just Too Much of a Good Thing

11 months ago by Stephanie Zacharek
Because women are particularly beguiling when viewed from behind, the camera loves to follow them: Anyone who’s watched James Stewart’s lovesick detective trailing Kim Novak, a platinum dream poured into a pale-gray flannel hourglass, understands the voyeurism at the heart of Vertigo. With Spectre — the 24th James Bond picture...

The Ten Best Film Events In Denver in November

11 months ago by Keith Garcia
Out with the creeps and crawlies of October: November opens the floodgates to all those movies you'll see advertised as "The Best Film of the Year!" To counter all those new, end-of-the-year releases from the studios, our favorite repertory houses have come up with some great programming of classics and...

Hong Khaou's Lilting Examines Grief Through His Subjects' Eyes

2 years ago by Abby Garnett
Writer-director Hong Khaou's slow-moving feature debut, Lilting, examines grief's isolating effects through the eyes of two subjects: Chinese-Cambodian immigrant Junn (Cheng Pei-pei), whose son, Kai, is killed shortly before moving her away from her London retirement home, and Richard (Ben Whishaw), the lover Kai was working up the courage to...

Paddington Gives CGI Kid Movies a Good Name

2 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Emerson argued that each flourish and tendril of a work of art has its exact corollary in the mind of the artist, that creative expression is always, in its way, a sort of autobiography: Want to know the person? Look at her works. But Ralph Waldo never lived to see...

Skyfall drags 007's psyche through the interrogation process

4 years ago by Karina Longworth
If Hollywood's rut du jour is the origin story as bid for franchise immortality, you can't say that Skyfall — the 23rd "official" James Bond film in fifty years — isn't on trend. Eight years ago, in Casino Royale, Daniel Craig's first outing as Bond, we learned that 007 owes...

Bright Star

7 years ago by J. Hoberman
Set in the bucolic suburbs of early nineteenth-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion's Bright Star recounts the love affair between a tubercular young poet and the fashionable teenager next door. It's more conventionally romantic than wildly Romantic — but no less touching for...

The many daring stories of Cloud Atlas can't be told properly in its run time

4 years ago by Nick Pinkerton
The trailer for Cloud Atlas, the gargantuan new movie of David Mitchell's 2004 novel that took two Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer to adapt, looks less like a preview than a whole slate of coming attractions, so many and varied are the times and places that it touches down. The...

Brideshead Revisited

8 years ago by Ella Taylor
Making notes in 1949 for a review of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, George Orwell wrote that "Waugh is about as good a novelist as one can be...while holding untenable opinions." Which is a nice way of saying that Waugh, a world-class satirist of everyone from the rich down, was also...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

10 years ago by Ed Halter
A multimillion-euro adaptation of a best-selling German novel, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, relates the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born in eighteenth-century Paris with a uniquely puissant sense of smell. He begins life as an orphan, sold into servitude to a brutal tanner, but in Toucan Sam...


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