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Lauren Bacall tribute

In its flashbulb-brightness and velvety red-carpet sheen, silver-screen fame often seems fated after the fact. Lauren Bacall’s life seemed torn from a script, though she became a Hollywood gold...
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Rectify wrestles with innocence and loss

Launched back in 1996 by Robert Redford as Sundance Channel, what’s now SundanceTV lit out from movies into original programming in the early ’00s. But no show reflects better on Redford&...
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Style creating substance

Paolo Sorrentino reminds us not so much of cinematic style over substance as big-screen style leading, even creating, substance; from gliding cameras, 180-degree twists, illusions of angle, and depth...
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Mom and Dad do sexxx education

Sixty-nine years ago—It’s A Wonderful Life still a twinkle in the eye of Frank Capra’s production company; the Second World War nearing its horrific big-bang of an ending; the baby boom j...
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EFS Fall Film Series

From its giant hilltop letters to its poster boys, cover girls, marquee names and trophy shows, Hollywood’s publicity machine is all about stars’ signs. Tinseltown realized, and idealized...
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Jumping the track

Movies don’t get much more multinational than melting-potpourri Snowpiercer—an adaptation of a French graphic novel shot in a Czech studio by a South Korean director, starring mostly Americans,...
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Adolescent paradoxes

Me and You [Io e Te], an adaptation of Niccolò Ammaniti’s young-adult novel and the first feature in a decade from Bernardo Bertolucci, now in his 70s, is another of his works about a man and w...
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A Truman Show delusion

Matteo Garrone’s Reality (2012) is, like his previous film Gomorra (2008), which also won the Grand Prix at Cannes, set in Naples. It’s not a Naples of Camorra gangsters, though, but of i...
Where's Heston when you need him?

Damn lacklustre apes!

Now playing Directed by Matt Reeves The reboot marked, of course, the rise, and one of the disappointments of this Dawn is how predictably it sets up yet another sequel—no doubt Ascent or Reign or Ge...