"I loved you in The Social Network"

Toil and trouble

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is rarely recognized and barely noticed. Simon says, “You’re in my place” to a guy on the subway early in Richard Ayoade’s The Double—a film whic...
So happy together

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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Digging your own grave

The opening tracking shot begins with a hearse parked outside a cemetery—”You’re digging your own grave,” one character will soon warn another—before rolling past dilapidated clapbo...
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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...
I swear, you look just like Ed Harris

Dead ringer

If each of us only ever gets to find one face of true love, then Nikki (Annette Bening) is arguably one exceptionally lucky lover. The Face of Love begins with Nikki and Garrett (Ed Harris), her husb...
Maïna

An old story’s new view

That Maïna marks out a First Nations story without the presence of Europeans is a rare feat for cinema—even Canadian cinema. Set a few hundred years ago, it follows the daughter of an Innu chief as s...
Staring out of habit

Wayward paths to devotion

Ida follows a young orphan raised in a convent who, on the verge of taking her vows, learns that she has an aunt living in a nearby city. The orphan shows no curiosity but her Mother Superior obliges...
The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Inner space experience

Under the Skin begins in some kind of deeper blackness, less cinema space than outer space. Perhaps it’s the same unfriendly blackness to which our protagonist will deposit her victims. A proje...