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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...
Ebert, probably contemplating how many thumbs to put up

A life tenaciously lived

Among the refrains circulating the voluminous body of work generated by the late film critic Roger Ebert (and, yes, every working critic, this one included, has their refrains) was the desire to R...
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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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Irretrievable loss

Complexity, alienation and unease seem fundamental to Atom Egoyan’s experience. He was born in Cairo to Armenian parents and named after a nuclear reactor. He was raised in Canada, but his nasc...
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Crazy in love

We meet Robert (John Cassavetes) first, a novelist living in a spacious Hollywood Hills manor. He has many women around him, most of whom we won’t come to know, all of whom were pulled into Rob...
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Dig yourself

There’s a scene in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s remarkable feature debut in which the hero, a songwriter and musician reflecting on his life and work as he goes about his business on h...
Friends!

An ‘ethical’ romantic comedy

Wallace and Chantry meet at a party, the latter commenting on former’s choice of socialization: writing bitter fridge-magnet poetry about love, alone. He’s a med-school dropout, freshly b...
Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, in the midst of his boyhood

Growing into a film

Boyhood’s visual refrain is its protagonist’s wide open eyes, taking in the world, first at six, then at seven, eight and nine, all the way to that age when boyhood is shed for manhood. M...
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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,...