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My Name Is… Martha Marcy May Marlene.

One of the big stories at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival was Martha Marcy May Marlene. This low-budget psychological thriller turned heads even before...

J. Edgar: Hoover Ville

Mark Harris recently wrote that while film critics often slam a movie whose directors and/or actors are better than its weak script, those same...

Margin Call: Sell High

Talk about great timing: Margin Call premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last winter to middling buzz and reviews, but now this drama —...

Elevate: Rêves du Hoop

Any documentary about basketball has to contend with the long shadow cast by Hoop Dreams. The new film Elevate isn’t in that league, yet...

Anonymous: Shakespeare in Lies

The whole idea that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare’s plays is a load of crap. I feel safe saying this, having spent a chunk of...

Puss in Boots: Break an Egg

The biggest problem with Puss in Boots is that it has come out five years too late. The feline adventurer voiced by Antonio Banderas...

Low Heat

After several decades’ worth of movie directors’ sons taking up their fathers’ line of work, now we’re seeing directors’ daughters do the same, and...

Penn’s States

“Why are you interviewing me?” Lindsay Penn suddenly asked me in the middle of our recent talk. She wasn’t asking out of false modesty...

Footloose: Almost Paradise

Like many of you, I had zero expectations for the remake of Footloose. The original 1984 film has already had a second life as...

The Big Year: First-Degree Birders

I am not a birder, but I can sympathize with them. Check me out in early December when I’m frantically tracking down Greek experimental...