"What's wrong?" "Capitalism. Ugh."

A hollow handshake

Let me just start by telling you what it’s about, because what it’s about is by far the most interesting thing about A Most Violent Year, J C Chandor’s third feature and, following ...
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‘Leaves blowing in the wind’

Katherine Waterston is the daughter of Sam Waterston, who rose to prominence with the New Hollywood before becoming a household name with Law & Order. Pedigree doesn’t seem to have given th...

Perverse for more than perversion

In the process of making her early documentaries History of the Third Reich (1961 – 62) and Women of the Resistance (1965), Italian director Liliana Cavani spent months watching and re-watching archi...
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Marijuana’s rainbow

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is narcotic noir set in 1970 Los Angeles, which, by coincidence (?), are the year and place of Anderson’s birth. The film distils its source material—...
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The best films of the year

The best films of 2014 were merciless on marriage (unless you’re a vampire), often obsessed with things of the past (most especially if you’re a vampire) and enveloped in profoundly evocative, invent...
Scummy men in a desperate situation

Sorcerer

The opening of Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 masterpiece The Wages of Fear, itself an adaptation of George Arnaud’s 1950 eponymous novel, ...
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Some of the best books of 2014

There’s never enough time to read everything on my hit list or even on my shelf, whether it be Lawrence Wright’s book on Camp David or Karl Ove Knausgaard’s sprawling six-part biogr...
Getting ringside

Grappling with the truth

The gorgeously composed gloom sets in early in Foxcatcher and never really lets up. The film dramatizes the star-crossed convergence of fraternal Olympic wrestling champions Mark and Dave Schultz (Ch...