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Master of light

This latest and visually loveliest film from Mike Leigh is a study of the English Romantic landscape painter J M W Turner (1775 – 1851), whose work functions as both subject and inspiration—an openin...
"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 ...
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...

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—...
A Ghibli masterpiece

The best we saw

So, we begin the year after Three Colours: Red and Pulp Fiction and we end, well, just before we can catch Leviathan or Inherent Vice. Always more to see, more to review, more to list! May we get ano...
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...