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Tilda Swinton, icon of indy cinema, is masterful in A Bigger Splash.
Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups is lost in its own symbolism.
In Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, the crossroads of despair and integrity.
The Wonders subverts the typical female coming-of-age story.
Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline
Olivier Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria
Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu
Even if the facts are wrong, the feelings in Selma are right.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman.
Richard Linklater's Boyhood
Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida
John Turturro's Fading Gigolo.
Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen.
Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.
Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.
The Book Thief is a Holocaust story far removed from the one told by survivors.
Alan Stone reviews Enough Said
If there is a moral limit to artistic license, director Alice Winocour has gone beyond it in Augustine.
Fitzgerald's novel is overrated, but the new film version deserves more credit than it has received.
Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love
Settling the Cinematic Torture Debate
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.
Midnight in Paris earned Woody Allen his fourth Oscar and was the biggest box office success in his long and productive filmmaking career.
John Madden, the distinguished British director of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, tells us that his film has the structure of a Shakespearean comedy.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped by Jacques Audiard.
Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation portrays an Iranian divorce under sharia law with sensitivity and pathos.
Swinton gives her all to the martyred victim in We Need to Talk about Kevin.
Lars von Trier’s Melancholia.
If Greenaway correctly diagnosed the aesthetic crisis of modern film, The Tree of Life is the remedy.
The director of The Hurt Locker takes on the 9/11 mastermind.
Even the Rain (También la lluvia) Directed by Icíar Bollaín.
Julie Taymor’s The Tempest.
King Lear on the big screen.
Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love.
Alan Stone reviews Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere.
Alan Stone review Jacques Audiard's A Prophet.
Alan Stone reviews Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon.
Alan Stone reviews the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man.
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno.
Joe Wright’s The Soloist.
In the City of Sylvia
Stephen Daldry’s The Reader.
Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York.
Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven.
Tom McCarthy's The Visitor.
The Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men.
Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.
David Cronenberg’s new film, A Dangerous Method.
Sidney Lumets's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
In the Valley of Elah, directed by Paul Haggis.
Rescue Dawn, directed by Werner Herzog.
Away From Her directed by Sarah Polley.
Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
A review of Alejandro Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel.
Stranger than Fiction is an unexpectedly delightful film that brings whimsy and grown-up humor back to the movies.
André Téchiné's Changing Times.
Reviewing Deepa Mehta's Water.
Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's L'Enfant.
The Academy’s voters rejected Brokeback Mountain, but the film marks an important moment in Hollywood history.
Pride and Prejudice directed by Joe Wright.
Nine Lives directed by Rodrigo García.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped, directed by Jacques Audiard.
Kings and Queen, directed by Arnaud Desplechin.
Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice.
Two Henry Vs.
Hero, directed by Zhang Yimou.
Bad Education, directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson.
Burn!, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.
The Station Agent, directed by Thomas McCarthy.
Sweet Sixteen and Raising Victor Vargas.
Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine.
The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry.
Reconsidering The Battle of Algiers.
Zhang Yimou loses his muse.
Jill and Karen Sprecher create characters worth believing in.
We Were Soldiers, directed by Randall Wallace.
John Nash and the Hollywood romance with mental illness.
Intimacy, directed by Patrice Chereau.
The personal and aesthetic odyssey of China's premier director.
Dancer in the Dark, directed by Lars von Trier.
Shower, directed by Yang Zhang.
Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold.
Titus, directed by Julie Taymor.
American Beauty and Elaine Scarry look for aesthetic experience in unexpected places.
King of Masks, directed by Wu Tian Ming.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The Autumn Tale, directed by Eric Rohmer.
Life Is Beautiful, directed by Roberto Benigni.
Beloved. directed by Johnathan Demme.
The Governess, directed by Sandra Goldbacher.
Lolita, directed by Adrian Lyne.
Character, directed by Mike van Diem.