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  • ... I imagined how whatever scene I was watching might have been staged and shot and acted out in a more traditional film — and I was inevitably disappointed by what has been lost ...

  • Filmed in black and white in the wintry countryside of Görlitz, Germany, Schwentke’s vision of a man who would be posthumously named the Executioner of Emsland is chilling and yet, at times, almost farcical

  • Though Moselle’s narrative feature debut, Skate Kitchen, tells a fictional story, the director again draws heavily from her subjects’ own personal histories, this time constructing a story about teen girls finding themselves and each other...

  • This new version, directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Noer, brings to the story a refreshing intensity and sweep, and even a sense of adventure

  • If traditional comedy says "nothing is sacred," too often black comedy says "everything is meaningless" and also "fuck you, Jack." Every character is just the setup to a ghastly punchline, and the joke is on the audience. We attach to characters...

  • Through sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, Stephen Maing's searing documentary Crime + Punishment tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to change the culture of law enforcement itself....

  • Matt Tyrnauer's documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood follows Scotty Bowers, a World War II veteran (now 95) who, after he was discharged, became a sex worker and pimp. Cary Grant, Walter Pidgeon, Randolph Scott and Tom...

  • In adapting the wartime diaries of Marguerite Duras, Emmanuel Finkiel captures the author’s oblique style, which filters events though a thick layer of ennui, and centers on women who deal with inflicted trauma by torturing themselves. When...

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