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Why Whit Stillman's Work Endures After All These Similar Movies: On THE COSMOPOLITANS

There are plenty of reasons not to watch "The Cosmopolitans." However, in a climate in which concepts are important in films and TV shows, and original concepts sell (and why shouldn’t they?), making work in which problems are local, dialogue is clever, and no one moves terribly quickly takes courage.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 30, 2014 1:48 AM
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Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Recreates the Experience of Reading

If I say that watching Richard Linklater’s remarkable new film "Boyhood," which traces the life of a boy named Mason from age 6 to 18 in rapidly changing segments, is like reading a book, I need to clarify.
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 14, 2014 5:40 AM
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The Sobering, Beautiful Lessons of LIFE ITSELF

I almost didn’t write this review. This was not because I didn’t appreciate the film at hand, but because a question was nagging at me: What can I bring to this piece that will both serve the work and be memorable for its readers, personal in some sense?
  • By Max Winter
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  • July 4, 2014 5:31 AM
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Lukas Moodysson, Teacher of Women's Stories: WE ARE THE BEST! Indeed

"We Are the Best!" addresses issues relevant to women today with great power and directness—even if the film’s leads are in their preteens. In fact, the age of these characters makes Moodysson’s points all the more poignant, demonstrating that issues of acceptance and adaptation may start for women at a very early age.
  • By Max Winter
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  • June 3, 2014 11:25 PM
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On GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA: The Current State of the "Public Intellectual"

What does it mean to be a "public intellectual" in 21st century America? To answer this question properly, you have to answer two smaller questions: what does it mean to be public? And what does mean to be an intellectual?
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 23, 2014 6:16 AM
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Truth, Based on a Story: Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM

Cursory investigation of the real story behind "Million Dollar Arm" suggests the filmmakers left a better movie somewhere in the ether of truth.
  • By Mike Spry
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  • May 23, 2014 5:27 AM
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The Curious Appeal of Griffin Dunne

Dunne doesn’t fill the screen, and yet he does occupy it. In his current film, "The Discoverers," he occupies the screen much like a human grounding plug—his presence never allows histrionics to go too far. Any rage of his own is, likewise, contained.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 21, 2014 2:19 PM
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Vivian Maier, Mystery Woman and Master Photographer

There are two stories being told in "Finding Vivian Maier": that of Maier the enigma, of reveling in her art while constructing a narrative to stand beside it; and that of Maloof’s curatorial pursuit to preserve Maier’s work, to sell her work, and to establish her relevance within the art world—and through her relevance, his own significance.
  • By Anne K. Yoder
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  • April 4, 2014 1:59 PM
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In the Future We Will Have Less of Everything: On HOW I LIVE NOW and Its Predecessors

Has there ever been a film about the future that advocated in favor of progress, rather than against it? "How I Live Now," in its own quiet way, works beautifully and admirably against this trend, pervasive as its gloom might be, in suggesting that the sanctity of human relationships can create a barrier between the self and the crumbling world.
  • By Max Winter
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  • November 20, 2013 7:35 PM
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The Good Struggle: ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV: ENTER HERE

"Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here" is less a documentary than a study of the ways we react to tragedy, to trauma, to past suffering--in Kabakov's case, the trauma was the time he spent living under Soviet rule, from 1933 to 1987.
  • By Max Winter
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  • November 16, 2013 4:37 PM
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