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  • Something of a prank, a farewell, an art project, a buddy comedy, a vox populi tour of the French countryside, and an inquiry into memory and images and what it means to reveal our eyes to the world, Faces Places is a joyous lulu. It finds the...

  • The scenes that sting and linger in this uncommonly thoughtful and engrossing war drama are not its scenes of combat. They’re of efforts to stave off combat, of politicians and royalty trying to work out a deal to maintain neutrality, of...

  • Filmmaking is not a poor man’s game. Even as digital cameras get cheaper, making a film worthy of release still requires dough to get off the ground, which means the folks who tell stories through cinema tend to come from backgrounds of...

  • Something of a prank, a farewell, an art project, a buddy comedy, a vox populi tour of the French countryside, and an inquiry into memory and images and what it means to reveal our eyes to the world, Faces Places is a joyous lulu. It finds the...

  • In the same year that an abusive anti-Semitic drunkard and all-around terrible human is in a high-profile family comedy after having been nominated for Best Director, a film like Naoko Yamada's anime A Silent Voice, about a violent man...

  • Paradise is a quiet, assured, elegantly shot drama of one of history's darkest moments. This World War II picture from Andrei Konchalovsky centers on the intermingled stories of Olga (Julia Vysotskaya), a Russian member of the French...

  • There's a glorious tension in Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, the thick paint holding each of the artist's gestures like an insect in amber, and the long-hardened material still appearing to shiver and pulse. Animators Dorota Kobiela and Hugh...

  • "This year we hunt big game. This year you get your first kill." So says seasoned hunter Cal (Matt Bomer) to his teenage son David (Josh Wiggins), who's arrived in rural Montana for his annual visit, and even those going in unfamiliar with the...

  • In the opening shot of Only the Brave, a flaming bear -- not just a bear that happens to be burning but one that looks as if it had been created entirely from fire -- lunges at the camera in the middle of a blazing forest. Fire crew...

  • America may be crumbling, but here’s at least one truth that might be cheering: They’ve finally figured out biopics. Ever since Walk Hard kicked its ass, that hokiest, flabbiest, most hilariously reductive of movies genres has become, like...

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