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'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

/ Jan 18, 2017

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

After spending nearly 30 years shepherding his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s “Silence” to the screen, Martin Scorsese may be starting to feel as forsaken as the book’s Jesuit protagonist, abandoned by an uncommunicative and apparently uncaring God. The movie has been roundly ignored by ...

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

/ Dec 28, 2016

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

How much do you want a new “Star Wars”? When J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” opened to enormous fanfare last December, it felt like watching a beloved rock band making its comeback tour after a long hiatus. Sure, the original members couldn’t quite muster ...

'Ruined Heart': a belated release

| Dec 28, 2016

'Ruined Heart': a belated release

When you’re covering a film fest, sometimes you crave a quick jolt. I’m still not sure how Khavn’s “Ruined Heart” (Japan title: “Kowareta Kokoro”) snuck into the main competition section of Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014, but watching it at the time felt ...

'Knight of Cups': Is Malick's cup half-full or half-empty?

/ Dec 14, 2016

'Knight of Cups': Is Malick's cup half-full or half-empty?

Halfway through “Knight of Cups,” the latest treatise from philosopher-filmmaker Terrence Malick, the movie’s chorus of internal monologues yields a line that could be read as a memo to the director himself: “Don’t get your head too far up your own ass.” Malick is ...

'Crazy Thunder Road' is still a mad, but great film

| Dec 7, 2016

'Crazy Thunder Road' is still a mad, but great film

Sogo Ishii — or Gakuryu Ishii, as he now prefers to be known — was just 23 when he released “Crazy Thunder Road,” perhaps one of the greatest films to emerge from Japan’s punk era (an honor it shares with the director’s 1982 follow-up, ...

'Hitchcock/Truffaut': An auteur meets his (movie) maker

/ Dec 7, 2016

'Hitchcock/Truffaut': An auteur meets his (movie) maker

The French got Alfred Hitchcock well before the Americans did. In the 1950s, when the tubby director’s Hollywood overlords still regarded him as a producer of light entertainment — the Robert Zemeckis of his day, perhaps — the writers at France’s Cahiers du Cinema ...

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

/ Nov 2, 2016

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

While Leonardo DiCaprio’s masochistic lead performance garnered greater acclaim, perhaps the most striking aspect of “The Revenant” was the diligence it showed in telling the Native American side of the story. Yet for all the scenes of authentic Arikara dialogue, the indigenous characters in ...