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Critic's Notebook: How This Year's SXSW Film Festival Illustrated the Best and Worst of American Independent Film

Critic's Notebook: How This Year's SXSW Film Festival Illustrated the Best and Worst of American Independent Film

Here are a few takeaways from one of the most eclectic SXSW film festivals…

Critic's Notebook: Why You Should Care About the SXSW Film Festival

Critic's Notebook: Why You Should Care About the SXSW Film Festival

At any given moment, it's impossible to comprehend the scale of South by…

Critic's Notebook: The Next Great Filmmakers Are Everywhere, If You Know Where To Look

Critic's Notebook: The Next Great Filmmakers Are Everywhere, If You Know Where To Look

In the shadow of established virtuosos, few original voices can stand out…

The Place Behind 'The Place Beyond the Pines': Shannon Plumb's 'Towheads'

The Place Behind 'The Place Beyond the Pines': Shannon Plumb's 'Towheads'

In "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance's time-spanning look at…

From 'Trance' to 'Spring Breakers,' Is This the Golden Age of Film Noir?

From 'Trance' to 'Spring Breakers,' Is This the Golden Age of Film Noir?

Technically speaking, film noir's heyday ended when fedoras and chain smokin…

Critic's Notebook: Why 'Ginger and Rosa' Is Sally Potter's Best Film

Critic's Notebook: Why 'Ginger and Rosa' Is Sally Potter's Best Film

After a diverse and lengthy early career that encompassed experimental film,…

Critic's Notebook: Why 'Easy Rider' Still Matters 45 Years Later

Critic's Notebook: Why 'Easy Rider' Still Matters 45 Years Later

On Feb. 23, 1968 -- almost exactly 45 years ago -- in the midst of the Mardi…

Critic's Notebook: Lessons from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Critic's Notebook: Lessons from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

For the subset of movie viewers for whom the process of discovering movies…

Critic's Notebook: From 'Hard Times' To This Week's 'Bullet to the Head,' How Walter Hill's Movies Tap Into the Essence of New Orleans

Critic's Notebook: From 'Hard Times' To This Week's 'Bullet to the Head,' How Walter Hill's Movies Tap Into the Essence of New Orleans

Critic's Notebook: From 'Hard Times' To This Week's 'Bullet to the Head,'…

Critic's Notebook: The Biggest Oscar Snub Isn't Kathryn Bigelow; It's Jafar Panahi

Critic's Notebook: The Biggest Oscar Snub Isn't Kathryn Bigelow; It's Jafar Panahi

When the Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning, pundits…

Critic's Notebook: With 'Unknown Pleasures,' A German Perspective On U.S. Indie Film

Critic's Notebook: With 'Unknown Pleasures,' A German Perspective On U.S. Indie Film

Critic's Notebook: With 'Unknown Pleasures,' A German Perspective On U.S.…

Critic's Notebook: Was Caveh Zahedi "Blacklisted" By Thom Powers? It's More Complicated Than That

Critic's Notebook: Was Caveh Zahedi "Blacklisted" By Thom Powers? It's More Complicated Than That

The latest provocation from performance artist/filmmaker Caveh Zahedi, "The…

Critic's Notebook: Is Barack Obama a Bigger Movie Star Than Brad Pitt?

Critic's Notebook: Is Barack Obama a Bigger Movie Star Than Brad Pitt?

Obama often invokes Ronald Reagan as both a communicator and a pragmatic…

Critic's Notebook: Why 2012 Is A Banner Year For Found Footage Films

Critic's Notebook: Why 2012 Is A Banner Year For Found Footage Films

In 2012, found footage took a few promising steps out of the horror genre.

Critic's Notebook: How 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Proves We No Longer Need 'Star Wars'

Critic's Notebook: How 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Proves We No Longer Need 'Star Wars'

At a screening hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image Thursday,…

Critic's Notebook: What Filmmaker John Akomfrah's Work Tells Us About the Present By Way of the Past

Critic's Notebook: What Filmmaker John Akomfrah's Work Tells Us About the Present By Way of the Past

True to his post-colonial interests, Akomfrah's work blurs and re-imagines…

Critic's Notebook: What Does Iran's Oscar Boycott Mean For the Future of Iranian Cinema?

Critic's Notebook: What Does Iran's Oscar Boycott Mean For the Future of Iranian Cinema?

After the Iranian film "A Separation" won an Oscar last year, many people…

Critic's Notebook: Does Toronto Need a Shrinking Pill? Highlights From the 2012 Edition

Critic's Notebook: Does Toronto Need a Shrinking Pill? Highlights From the 2012 Edition

No matter how closely you follow the buzz from the Toronto International…

Critic's Notebook: Being a Young Film Critic in Modern Iran

Critic's Notebook: Being a Young Film Critic in Modern Iran

Critic's Notebook: Being a Young Film Critic in Modern Iran

Critic's Notebook: Finding the Roots of 'Cosmopolis' In Don DeLillo's 'Game 6'

Critic's Notebook: Finding the Roots of 'Cosmopolis' In Don DeLillo's 'Game 6'

David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" adapts Don DeLillo's 2003 novel, though not…



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