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'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.

First Reviews: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' Told to Search Some Other Place

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 14, 2014 12:44 PM
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The new Simon Pegg film made UK critics very unhappy.

First Reviews: 'Let's Be Cops' – Nah, But Thanks Anyway

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 13, 2014 4:21 PM
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Seems like critics aren't too eager to be cops. Maybe they're all delinquents.

Sleeper of the Week: "What If"

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 12, 2014 4:38 PM
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The romcom that has some critics believing in romcoms again.