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Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Great Museum

Nothing seems hurried in The Great Museum, but there’s a momentum to the hushed activity it captures at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. During the two years director Johannes Holzhausen spent shooting this elegant observational documentary, both the Picture Gallery and the Kunstkammer, home to

Felix and Meira

Music is used sparingly in Felix and Meira, and each song is key to expressing unspoken emotion. After Shulem (Luzer Twersky) leaves his modest home in Montreal’s Hasidic enclave to attend prayers, his wife Meira (Hadas Yaron) puts on a forbidden record, “After Laughter (Comes

Childless

Grief unleashes self-centered bluster instead of contemplative sorrow in the talky drama Childless. Four relatives preparing to attend a funeral focus less on the sudden death of sixteen-year-old Katherine (Natalie Dreyfuss) and more on relationship anxieties. Mary (Diane Venora) envisions an awkward reunion with ex-boyfriend

Hungry Hearts

Saverio Costanzo unfolds Hungry Hearts as a series of vignettes that veer from romantic comedy to horror. Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) meet cute while trapped in a Chinese restaurant’s basement restroom. What initially seems like a delightful, throwaway opening is loaded with

Man on Wire

There’s a palpable tension running through James Marsh’s high-wire documentary, a sickening sense of dread that has nothing to do with French provocateur Philippe Petit or his 1974 tightrope walk between Manhattan’s newly-built Twin Towers. It comes from the knowledge of what will eventually happen