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In 'Jealousy' and 'Bucharest,' Actors' Romances Cause Performance Anxiety

  • October 7, 2013 1:08 PM
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New films from Philippe Garrel and Corneliu Poromboiu wonder whether love is just an act.

'A Touch of Sin,' 'Burning Bush' and the Violent Cost of Change

  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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In Jia Zhang-ke's China and Agniezska Holland's Czechoslovakia, political change comes at a bloody cost.

In Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition,' Echoes of Mumblecore and David Lynch

  • October 4, 2013 9:10 AM
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The three films in the New York Film Festival's "Emerging Artist: Joanna Hogg" are sometimes mundane, sometimes bizarre, but always feature Tom Hiddleston.

John Goodman: The Coen Brothers' Common Man

  • October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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With 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' John Goodman adds another chapter to a long collaboration with the Coen brothers.

New York Film Festival Critics' Academy: The New Class

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 25, 2013 4:23 PM
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Meet the members of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy and find out which festival films they're most looking forward to.

The Critics Academy Compendium: All the 2013 Locarno Coverage

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 27, 2013 1:14 PM
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A handy collection of all the Critics Academy work that has been featured on Criticwire and the Film Society of Lincoln Center blog.

In Richard Curtis' 'About Time,' It's Not the Romance That Works

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 26, 2013 3:37 PM
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In the 'Notting Hill' auteur's time-traveling rom-com, the romance fizzles but father-son tenderness hits home.

'The Dirties' Approaches School Shootings as Black Comedy

  • August 23, 2013 6:49 PM
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When it comes to discussions about violence in schools, Matt Johnson's debut feature may be an easier entry point for teens than other arthouse offerings.

Did Locarno's French Films Use Scenery as a Crutch?

  • August 23, 2013 5:07 PM
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At this year's Locarno Film Festival, French stories became more about showcasing backdrops than certain directors' vision.

In 'Shivers' and 'What Now? Remind Me,' Mortality and the Prison of the Mind

  • August 22, 2013 12:17 PM
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A daring and undaunted film has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival this past weekend: it is Joaquim Pinto's new film E Agora? Lembra-me ("What Now? Remind Me"). When I first watched it at the beginning of the festival, I left the screening room in a haze, the film was so rich and dense, I couldn't figure out where to begin. It has been haunting me since, for rarely have I seen on screen such strong exposure of an artist's thoughts.

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