"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 ...
99 Homes

Our 2015 film preview, part two

Our gaze into cinema’s crystal ball concludes with a plethora of coming attractions, from a ’50s lesbian pulp-novel adaptation and a riff on Vertigo set in post-Second World War Germany t...
The Little Deputy himself

Happy trails

The Little Deputy begins unassumingly enough, in the same place where virtually every ’80s Edmonton story that isn’t about the Oilers begins: West Edmonton Mall. Through vintage RCA camco...
Winter Sleep

The year of film to come

The Force can go right back to sleep. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II? Slouch away and stay out of sight. Mockingjay can part, too. This isn’t the preview for their kind but for auteur, arthou...
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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...
his mystery is trippin' me out, maaaan

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—...

The best docs of 2014

The Missing Picture Clay and earth—dug in camps; dumped on corpses; sculpted into figurines—layer stratum after stratum in Rithy Panh’s excavation of his memories of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge (1...