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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Up the Yangtze

Up the Yangtze is perfect counter-programming to the pomp and circumstance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, an incisive and humane look at the emergence of China as a world power through the eyes of those displaced by the enormous Three Gorges Dam. Creating this towering

The Page Turner

The Page Turner is a slight film, but that’s not an insult. It follows a long tradition of French films that focus on the minute details of characters’ lives – the subtle interplay and calmly devastating moments – to create the cinematic equivalent of a

The Dog

With his thick New Yawk accent and humorous braggadocio, John Wojtowicz eagerly recalls what led him to rob a Chase Manhattan Bank in Brooklyn on August 22, 1972. The ensuing hostage situation and media circus was immortalized in Dog Day Afternoon. Allison Berg and Frank

Charlie Bartlett

Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) is Ferris Bueller by way of Rushmore’s Max Fischer: an aristocratic freak with a compassionate streak. There’s something about Charlie, a bracing mix of maturity and naïveté, that makes him the ideal confidante for fellow students at West Summit, a Connecticut

Autumn Blood

The Tyrolean Western Autumn Blood embraces its contradictions. Beautiful and brutal, sparse and lush, primal and modern, Markus Blunder’s debut feature hovers between the allegorical and the literal. It’s as if Herzog had decided to film a Western in the Austrian Alps with characters who