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  • Film Review: A public meltdown launches 'The Humbling'

    Film Review: A public meltdown launches 'The Humbling'
    You can make a long list of bullet points showing the similarities between “The Humbling,” Barry Levinson's new film, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman.” Both revolve around actors having identity crises, so not surprisingly there are little duplications throughout. Levinson's film has its own pleasures, but it lacks the manic momentum that drives “Birdman.” A percussion score here would be like death-metal band in a Zen monastery.
  • DVD Review: 'My Winnipeg' reflects the director's eye

    DVD Review: 'My Winnipeg' reflects the director's eye
    Guy Maddin is the most idiosyncratic current filmmaker to come out of Winnipeg... or Canada... or the world... in the last few decades. From his first feature, “Tales from the Gimli Hospital” (1988), through his short “The Heart of the...

    DVD Review: Extras complement Sturges' masterpiece

    DVD Review: Extras complement Sturges' masterpiece
    It's generally acknowledged that Preston Sturges — the first major Hollywood screenwriter to ascend to the director's chair — was on an extraordinary creative roll from 1940 to 1944. During this period he made eight features for Paramount:...

    Film Review: 'Predestination' is a time-travel triumph

    Film Review: 'Predestination' is a time-travel triumph
    “Predestination” is a time-travel movie, and time-travel movies are difficult — but not impossible — to pull off convincingly. More than most science-fiction subgenres, they seem to have one foot in the world of sheer fantasy. That...

    Film Review: 'Grim Sleeper' awakens chilling documentary

    Film Review: 'Grim Sleeper' awakens chilling documentary
    The majority of high-profile complaints about police behavior in African-American communities involve what could be euphemistically called “overzealousness” — mostly the use of unnecessary and clearly disproportionate force in responding...