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Manically Depressed

'Infinitely Polar Bear' understands mental illness and, better yet, isn’t afraid of it

Yay Maya Forbes, who wrote and directed Infinitely Polar Bear, made a great film rooted in her personal experiences.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 David Riedel

A Film Critic Tried to Come up with a Snappy Headline…

Just go see 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'

Yay Whatever dumb adjectives I come up with to describe it, writer-director Roy Andersson has made a masterpiece.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 David Riedel

A Bike Lane Runs Through It

Dutch doc 'The New Rijksmuseum' reveals how art institutions do and don’t work

Yay Though it actually observes people falling asleep in meetings, the film itself is not boring.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Well, They Seem Nice

Let’s all make new friends with 'The Overnight'

Yay The establishment of intimacy, with all its confusions, frustrations and consolations, is just what interests writer-director Patrick Brice, who juices this minimal scenario with maximum efficiency.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Emotion Graphics

With 'Inside Out', Pixar once again gets into your heart and head

Yay A nimble ensemble piece, Inside Out exemplifies the platitudes of teamwork that seem baked in to the famously by-committee studio that produced it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Wastrels of the Upper West Side

Arielle Holmes gets discovered in 'Heaven Knows What'

Yay Heaven Knows What is a quasi-documentary of homeless young addicts adrift in the area that once was known as Needle Park.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Mother of Gwyneth Paltrow Appears Confusingly Sensible

Blythe Danner’s lack of lead roles until 'I’ll See You in My Dreams' seems like excessive karmic retribution for bringing kook into world

Yay Here’s a refreshingly uncommon movie protagonist: a retiree and widow, wistfully reclusive even in the company of three bridge buddies and one fledged daughter.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Personal, Training

We don’t say the word ‘mumblecore’ even once in this review of Andrew Bujalski’s 'Results'

Yay Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's almost (but not quite) Hollywood-style film is a comedy about fitness training that hails by the dryly ironic title of Results.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Sans Popeye

'The Connection': Because in French, they don’t need to call it 'The French Connection'

Yay The fact-based tale of cops versus smack smugglers in 1970s Marseille may be familiar from a certain celebrated American film, but this take doesn’t seem daunted at all.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Age During Beauty

In 'Iris', the late documentary maestro Albert Maysles hangs out with a fashion maven

Yay Everyone keeps calling Iris Apfel a “nonagenarian fashion icon,” because how many such people can there even be?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer
 
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