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Mary DeForest's Epic Adventure Led to the Latinometer -- a Classic Bullshit Detector

2 years ago by Kyle Harris
Mary DeForest loves Jane Austen. The 68-year-old academic has read each of the author's novels over 100 times. "I went to her tomb at Winchester Cathedral and burst into tears," she says. "I couldn't believe she was dead." DeForest has spent much of her academic career defending Austen's legacy. "Austen...

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Marzipan Monstrosity

3 years ago by Stephanie Zacharek
Greetings from the 64th annual Berlin Film Festival, where it’s a surprisingly balmy 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). The weather here may not be business as usual, but the festival looks promising -- the competition includes films by Alain Resnais, Lou Ye, Yoji Yamada, and Claudia Llosa (whose odd...

Ten Movies to Look For in 2014

3 years ago by Calum Marsh
As awards season draws nearer and best-of-the-year lists keep rolling in, there's only one thing left to do: get excited about what comes next. Here are ten films you won’t want to miss in 2014. 1. Adieu au Language (directed by Jean-Luc Godard) Jean-Luc Godard, former master of the French...

Ten best movie scenes where the undercover cop gets made

5 years ago by Tim Davids
This is not the best time of year for new movies. So we have Wrath of the Titans, Mirror Mirror and American Reunion. Judging by the box office receipts, you went and saw Hunger Games like everyone else, and were probably were angry that Jennifer Lawrence is too fat and...

The 54th Grammys: who will win (Adele) and who won't (Lady Gaga)

5 years ago by Cory Lamz
From power pop to power ballads, rock anthems to rap staples, the nominees of the 54th Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday night, sees no dearth of great music. There's little doubt that it will be Adele's night, but others, like Kanye West and Mumford & Sons, could win big...

Touch of the Poet

The teenage poet in Karen Moncrieff's Blue Car writes melancholy verse about autumn leaves falling off trees and fathers abandoning their daughters. Predictably, the girl's floundering mother is too harried and too strapped for cash to pay much attention to her, and her troubled little sister is endlessly needy. In...


21 years ago by Bill Gallo
God knows that American schools need inspirational teachers and that the funding cuts that threaten arts education everywhere are lamentable. But when Hollywood third-stringers get their hands on such material, the results are doomed to flunk the test. Mr. Holland's Opus, in which Richard Dreyfuss portrays a budding composer who...

Five ass-hats that ruin the movie theater experience for everyone

5 years ago by Tim Davids
It's sunny outside, with green foliage and clear skies -- the perfect time to spend your day in an air-conditioned room with no windows wearing stupid 3D sunglasses, being bored for three hours straight. That's right, it's summer movie movie season, and every weekend brings a new event to your...

Victorian Secrets

19 years ago by Bill Gallo
Jennifer Jason Leigh, who's played everything from an acid-tongued Jazz Age sophisticate in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle to a drug-addled Nineties narc in Rush, has a lot to live up to as the heroine in the new adaptation of Henry James's classic Washington Square. First there's the literary...


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