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Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

Feb 11, 2015

Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

by Kaori Shoji

France’s Alain Resnais (“Hiroshima mon amour,” “Last Year at Marienbad”) died last year at age 91, with 50 titles to his name and a career that spanned more than six decades. His final film, “Life of Riley,” was completed shortly before he passed away. ...

Blue Ruin: 'misguided acts of vengeance'

Feb 11, 2015

Blue Ruin: 'misguided acts of vengeance'

by Giovanni Fazio

“Blue Ruin” is an indie thriller that plays the “Blood Simple” card pretty hard: Like the Coen brothers’ debut, it tries to make up for what it lacks in budget by providing cool and brutal suspense, with a dose of black humor. It mostly ...

Present For You: Baffling but pioneering stop-motion film

Feb 4, 2015

Present For You: Baffling but pioneering stop-motion film

by Mark Schilling

Stop-motion animation, in which objects are photographed frame by frame to achieve the illusion of motion, is nearly as old as the movies. But as recent films by Nick Park (“Chicken Run”), Henry Selick (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Tim Burton (“Frankenweenie”) and Wes Anderson ...

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

Feb 4, 2015

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

by Kaori Shoji

You know when a boy and girl meet, hit it off, but keep the relationship platonic — and it’s sweet and memorable forever? This practically never happens in the movies. The last time it did (as far I can recall) was in “Once” back ...

The Face of Love: 'Falling for a doppelganger'

Feb 4, 2015

The Face of Love: 'Falling for a doppelganger'

by Kaori Shoji

Back in the 20th century, there was an unwritten consensus of sorts that actors and actresses over a certain age should not be involved in heavyweight love scenes. But over the last decade, veteran performers have been cast in romantic comedies of all kinds, ...