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By Adam Nayman | September 30, 2016

The ability of director Maren Ade to wring, in precise order and proportion, moments of amazement, humiliation, fear, guilt, longing, acceptance, and, above all, catharsis, out of the material in the final stretch verges on authentic genius.

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By Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert | September 22, 2016

In selecting the subject of our latest director symposium, we alighted upon a figure of constant surprise, of reinvention, of charm and oddity and intellectual freedom. She is one of the most thrillingly alive filmmakers working today, and she is 88.

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By Nick Pinkerton | September 30, 2016

American Honey is one of those movies where you can take any demerit and explain it away as an attempt to exemplify something of its subject. Maybe its malnourished heft reflects our obesity epidemic?

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By Eric Hynes | September 28, 2016

Lions Love is a staged documentary about a performance of events and ideas and attitudes that were very real to 1968. It could hardly matter less whether or not the film was good, or worked in any traditional sense.

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By Max Nelson | September 25, 2016

The Creatures makes sense primarily as a kind of bitter, exaggerated parody. In its vision of male-female relations, it comes off as a grotesque embellishment of the French science-fiction movies it followed and a warning to the ones it preceded.

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By Jeff Reichert | September 23, 2016

Varda makes one wonder about the ways in which platitudes can be both aimed at selfish ends and deeply felt all at once.

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By Joanne Kouyoumjian | September 22, 2016

Though Varda already was a highly experienced photographer and thus no stranger to the art of image-making, her lack of cinephile knowledge at this early period in her life helps make La Pointe Courte not only authentically personal but also singular.

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By Farihah Zaman | September 22, 2016

She is very charming, very vain, and very blonde. She is also a woman in a moment of internal crisis, awaiting a diagnosis from her doctor regarding the tumor in her belly.

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By Michael Koresky | September 16, 2016

There is nothing here that comes close to the subliminally effective terror of the original. Instead, Wingard expectedly goes for full-throttle, high-decibel horror, amping up the Blair Witch model for the ADHD generation, providing an endless array of false scares and loud crashes.

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By Nick Pinkerton | September 9, 2016

A thousand different films could have resulted from this tale, and most of them would have been stirring schmaltz at best, but the property fell into the hands of Clint Eastwood, at age 86 one of the most fundamentally sound and unaffectedly idiosyncratic directors making multiplex movies today.

video
By Eric Hynes, Jeff Reichert | September 8, 2016

Who's the person finding and shaping the images we watch? For the latest Reverse Shot Talkie, documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson takes the camera to explore some of the ideas stirred up by her new film, Cameraperson.

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By Fanta Sylla | August 26, 2016

Philippe Faucon’s films, especially his more recent ones, which focus on the French-Arab experience, show an affection for domestic workers, their gestures and the spaces their bodies navigate.

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By Nick Pinkerton | August 26, 2016

Happy Hour has a rambly, digressive quality that belies the precision of its construction. After an opening that establishes its core ensemble cast of four 37-year-old female friends, the movie is pulled hither and thither by each of their individual stories, intersecting again only to break off into different routes.

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By Michael Koresky | August 23, 2016

It has no intention to disrupt its audiences or get them to question their own notions about death and mourning. Nor does it need to: Moretti’s film is no less personal for being straightforward in its aims, sketching a fleet portrait of the difficulties of balancing personal challenges and professional goals.

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By Amanda Arnold | August 19, 2016

While the plot is fictional, Ixcanul at times can feel like a documentary, as Bustamante captures a very real culture that exists in this world. Descendants of the Mayan civilization, Kaqchikel people still reside in the central region of Guatemala—and in fact served as characters in the film.