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Lonely4
Lonely4

Mister Lonely: Harmony Korine’s Magical Film from 2008

**Originally written May 2008** “Mister Lonely,” the new film from Harmony Korine, is cause for much rejoicing. American avant-garde cinema is still alive, and Mr. Korine is its new guiding spirit. He is the new Fed...
 
Gothic Horror
 
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Stoker1
Stoker1

Stoker: New Take on Southern Gothic

All style and no substance. “Stoker” looks great; every shot is stunningly beautiful. Director Park Chan-wook, making his first English-language film, demonstrates great visual skill, but no story-telling skill. Par...
 
Best of 2012
 
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latequartet
latequartet

Top 15 Films of 2012

At long last, here is the Tour de Force list of Top 15 Films of 2012: A Late Quartet Django Unchained Killer Joe Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Flight Life of Pi Moonrise Kingdom Zero Dark Thirty Argo To Rome with Love 2 Days ...

 
Western
 
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Django10
Django10

Django Unchained: Brilliant and Explosively Entertaining

What Quentin Tarantino did (gloriously) for Jews with his last film, “Inglourious Basterds,” he now does for blacks with the brilliant, innovative, and explosively entertaining “Django Unchained,” one of...
 
Drama
 
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Lincoln3
Lincoln3

Lincoln: Imperfect, but Packed with Content and a Must-See

“Lincoln” is a quietly moving, serious film for grown-ups. It has its flaws, chiefly that it’s too worshipful of its subject. Director Steven Spielberg lays on the hagiography very thick. Surely Abraham Lincol...
 
Drama
 
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zero8
zero8

Zero Dark Thirty: Good Thriller, But Not a Major Work of Art

What is the most over-rated film of 2012? “Zero Dark Thirty” from director Kathryn Bigelow. “Zero Dark” is a good film; almost everyone will agree on that. But is it the best film of the past 10 years, a...

 
Drama
 
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Amour1
Amour1

Amour: Thin Exploration of Death

In reviewing Michael Haneke’s disturbing film “The Piano Teacher” from 2001, I said that a distinctive trait of Haneke’s direction was that it was “pitiless in its depiction of human frailty”...
 
Adventure
 
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Pi3
Pi3

Life of Pi: Not Perfect, but a Real Tour de Force

“Life of Pi,” Ang Lee’s new film, is a wondrous and visually stunning adventure story. It’s amazing how the Taiwan-born Lee becomes a different filmmaker every time he takes on a project. His films are s...
 
Avant-Garde
 
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MustBePlace2
MustBePlace2

This Must be the Place: Avant-Garde Mash-Up that Doesn’t Work

I’ll give Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino one thing: he’s got guts. He doesn’t care one iota about commercial success or popularity. All he cares about is bringing his artistic vision to the screen. With “...

 
Drama
 
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Starlet2
Starlet2

Mourning Besedka Johnson: Breakout Star at 85

Today we were heart-broken to learn that Besedka Johnson had died at age 87, two years after she was discovered by a film producer and started acting for the first time. She graced the screen in only one film, Sean Baker’...