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    The Silence at the Heart of a Family: The Most Offensive Thing about WETLANDS

    The question WETLANDS asks, quite profoundly and with such confidence that it’s hard to stay shocked at its earthiness for too long, is: why are we so offended by bodily functions, and perhaps less by the ills humans visit on each other?

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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

    Attenborough, whom most would know either for his acting turn in "Jurassic Park" or for directing vast films like "Gandhi" or "Chaplin," had other exploits up his sleeve as well.

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    Why Whit Stillman's Work Endures After All These Similar Movies: On THE COSMOPOLITANS

    There are plenty of reasons not to watch "The Cosmopolitans." However, in a climate in which concepts are important in films and TV shows, and original concepts sell (and why shouldn’t they?), making work in which problems are local, dialogue is clever, and no one moves terribly quickly takes courag...

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    How GROUNDHOG DAY and THE ONE I LOVE Describe the Indescribable

    "The One I Love" is a film very much in the tradition of "Groundhog Day," another film about love that employed bizarre storytelling techniques in the service of romance—but it seems, by and large, that this film picks up where that one left off.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

    When watching Lauren Bacall in her older films, it is impossible to not think of "sexy" as one of the adjectives to describe her, and yet where is that sexiness coming from? In part, it comes from a sense that she might say something barbed, or worse, at any turn, and that if she doesn't, she's choo...

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    Humor Is Life: RIP Robin Williams, 1951–2014

    The mixture of feelings I had when I read of Robin Williams’s suicide was dramatic. Grief, of course. Shock. Anger. Confusion. These were all at the front of my mind, blaring, inescapable. But above and beyond all of these, was, oddly enough, fear, whose source I could not immediately identify. But ...

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    What Does It Mean That Joe Swanberg Has Made a Feel-Good Movie?

    The newest film from Joe Swanberg, whatever its faults and virtues might be, makes one thing abundantly clear: that certain styles require a form to pour themselves into if their best qualities are to be revealed.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Slow Motion Movie Supercut

    LOOK. PAY ATTENTION. NOTICE THE MOVEMENT.

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    Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Recreates the Experience of Reading

    If I say that watching Richard Linklater’s remarkable new film "Boyhood," which traces the life of a boy named Mason from age 6 to 18 in rapidly changing segments, is like reading a book, I need to clarify.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

    Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.

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