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'Birdman' lampoons Hollywood with humorous, hyper-real, hero-hating satire

Mexican DJ turned filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu has so far made a name for himself as a director of weighty films with bleakly serious...

Film Review: 'Faust' presents classic tale as a nightmare ride with beguiling imagery

More than two years, since it took the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film, Aleksandr Sokurov’s Faust finally arrives in Miami theaters. The...

Film Review: 'The Great Beauty' earns it's title by looking beyond the superficial

If there’s one thing coming to all celebrities, it’s death. But what could be worse than that for the famous? Irrelevance. Paolo Sorrentino’s new film,...

How Stanley Kubrick broke the rules of Classical Hollywood cinema and made a better...

Chapter III-B: The Sublimation of Narrative: Film Techniques in 2001: A Space Odyssey Note: this is a continuation from the post: How Stanley Kubrick broke the...

Film review: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ presents portrait of a man lost in talent

Ginger Baker is probably rock ‘n’ roll’s most infamous survivor. Call him the original, archetypal rock drummer … and you might just piss him...

Film Review: ‘Holy Motors’ pays tribute to cinema while exploring its edges

How appropriate that I had dreamt of seeing Holy Motors before I even saw it. I rarely ever dream of movies. Movies are dreams...

‘Damsels in Distress:’ Stillman dumbs it down after almost a generation in hiding

In the 15 or so years since Whit Stillman wrote and directed a movie I have either A) grown too old and cynical B) he...

‘Sleeping Beauty’ offers ominous exploration of the prostitution of the female form

The last film I can remember having left me feeling as puzzled and intrigued as Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty was Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide...

Must-see Friday night opening movies: ‘Project Nim’ and ‘World on a Wire’

So Cowboys and Aliens isn't your thing this opening weekend at the movies? Well, a couple of days ago, I reviewed a real alternative...

Film Review: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives exists in that all too rare world of pure cinema: A place where images and their...