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Intruding on the History of Iranian Cinema

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • October 12, 2012 6:08 PM
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On the film from the New York Film Festival that made one of our Critics Academy members physically ill -- and why that's not a bad thing.

Get Ready For The Criticwire Network 2.0

  • By Matt Singer
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  • October 12, 2012 4:25 PM
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The new, updated version of our network of critics and reviews is online.

Small (Cinema)Scope: The Widescreen Imagery of 'Beyond the Hills'

  • By Blair McClendon
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  • October 12, 2012 11:51 AM
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"Work of art" does not suffice as a label for Cristian Mungiu’s new film, "Beyond The Hills." Cameras have long celebrated labor, of bodies as well as minds, and here the film itself has become "work" in all of its most beautiful, terrifying connotations. This tale of two young women -- friends since their days in an orphanage, who reunite in a monastery -- pushes itself to the point of exhaustion. Yet, it never collapses. It only builds upon itself promising something ever more powerful until the screen finally goes black and the audience, too, has labored long and hard.

Movie Culture Isn't Dead; Just Ask the Movies

  • By Matt Singer
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  • October 12, 2012 11:11 AM
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No less than four different movies coming out this weekend take the enduring power of film as their subject.

Window Shopping Through Kiarostami and Dorsky

  • By Max Nelson
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  • October 11, 2012 12:08 PM
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Just one look (or two) in the films of two New York Film Festival auteurs.

Film Critic Turned Filmmaker C. Robert Cargill, On His New Movie 'Sinister' And the 3 Words He's Striking From His Film Critic Vocabulary

  • By Matt Singer
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  • October 11, 2012 10:11 AM
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A conversation with the critic-turned-writer of the new (very scary) movie, on what's wrong with criticism today and why he expects more critics to try their hand at filmmaking.

Love and Death in the Films of Michael Haneke

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • October 10, 2012 1:06 PM
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Sadistic? Maybe. Hard to watch? Sometimes. Familial? Definitely, though it may take a bit of work to notice.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Ape'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • October 10, 2012 11:45 AM
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And now, it's time for another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

The Best Review I Ever Got: 'Hotel Noir''s Sebastian Gutierrez

  • By Matt Singer
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  • October 10, 2012 9:52 AM
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The writer/director of "Women in Trouble" and "Girl Walks into a Bar" on the negative review he wanted to turn into a pull quote.

Dancing in the Rain: Nicole Kidman's Femme Fatales

  • By Caitlin Hughes
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  • October 9, 2012 5:00 PM
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In the New York Film Festival film "The Paperboy" Nicole Kidman returns to the role of a femme fatale. How her performance compares with the one she played 17 years ago in "To Die For."

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