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'Birdman': Michael Keaton Is a Washed-Up Star in Gonzalez Inarritu's One-Take Wonder

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 27, 2014 10:48 AM
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Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu goes "Gravity" with a simulated single-take story, and gets the award race off to a running start.

In 'Songs From the North' and 'Durak,' Community Goes to Extremes

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 22, 2014 2:00 PM
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From the enforced unity of North Korea to the crumbling world of the former Soviet Union.

From 'Modern Times' to 'The Iron Ministry': Learning to Love the Machine

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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Charlie Chaplin bemoaned humanity ground down inside the machine, but on China's railways, we're just along for the ride.

'The Iron Ministry' and 'Horse Money': Of Non-Places and Men

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 21, 2014 2:53 PM
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New movies from Pedro Costa and J.P. Sniadecki find themselves everywhere and nowhere.

'Sin City' Reviews: The Dame's to Kill For, the Movie Less So

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 21, 2014 12:53 PM
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Early reviews have praised Eva Green's turn in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." The rest of it? Not so much.

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, lies, and videotape'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 21, 2014 12:14 PM
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film that kicked off, Steven Soderbergh's career, the American indie film boom and James Spader's long run of playing perverts.

'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Cure: The Life of Another' Reveal Where the Bechdel Test Comes Up Short

  • By Mallory Andrews
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  • August 19, 2014 11:40 AM
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Both movies easily get a passing grade from the famed feminist metric, but only one features meaningful interaction between women.

How Japanese Movies Deal, and Don't, With the Legacy of Kamikaze Pilots

  • By Julian Ross
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  • August 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, Japan and its artists are still struggling to come to terms with it.

Japanese Zombies and Korean Factory Workers: Will the Asian Working Class Go to Heaven?

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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New movies from the Locarno Film Festival show an Asian working class alienated from the fruits of their labor — and, in one case, from being alive.

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Howard Hawks' 'The Big Sleep'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 15, 2014 12:51 PM
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In memory of Lauren Bacall, here's a look at a film that cemented her stardom.