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Robert Bresson’s Poem of Despair: “The Devil Probably.”

I have recently seen again  the late Robert Bresson's penultimate film "Le diable pro...

books
Two Fine Books on Eric Rohmer

I cannot remember when I first saw an Eric Rohmer film nor which one it was.  Over ti...

hollywood
Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society”

This latest Woody Allen flick is sort of an anthology of many of his themes and preocc...

movies
Movie Machinations

The Great Game (Le grand jeu), directed by Nicolas Pariser, is a French thriller, tha...

movies
If Hillary Clinton is Elected We Will Officially Have a Liar In Chief As Our Next President

My son and I just got back from watching 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Th...

movies
Macbeth as Filmed Theatre

This latest film  version of Shakespeare's  concentrated, intense tragedy about the ...

movies
Woody Allen’s Latest Flick: “Irrational Man”

Woody Allen has a genius for comedy but sometimes makes serious films with few if any ...

movies
Lancelot du lac (Lancelot of the Lake) by Robert Bresson

I have previously written of the unique film-making style of Robert Bresson (who died in...

movies
A Rock Critic Passes His Prime

I recall as a young child sitting with my four older sisters and big brother in front of t...

movies
The Avengers and Cultural Hope

My 13 year old Marvel loving son and I saw the latest Avengers blockbuster recently. I'd r...

movies
Actor Denzel Washington Urges Dillard University Graduates: ‘Put God First’

From ChristianNews.net: NEW ORLEANS, La. — Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington urged ...

movies
A Few Gems Leaving Netflix Soon (Plus a Lot of Dreck . . .)

With only a couple of days left in the month, it's time to binge-watch Netflix movies an...

movies
An Intelligent Thriller: ‘Ex Machina’

The creation of artificial human beings has a long history in literature and film, going b...

movies
‘The Age of Adaline:’ Unabashed Sentiment Masks Untapped Potential

Blake Lively is forever 29 in The Age of Adaline, and darned if the screenwriters don't...

movies
‘True Story’ Delivers Mystery, Righteous Indignation

If Mike Finkel had worked for Rolling Stone magazine and not The New York Times, he migh...

genres
‘The Longest Ride’ Offers Old-Fashioned Charm, Romance

How far have Hollywood romances fallen as a result of debacles such as How to Lose a G...

movies
Monday Movie: Not Much More Than a Comedy—Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’

While We Were Young, by Noah Baumbach, is an amusing comedy, but it seems to be trying t...

movies
‘Furious 7’ Keeps Franchise Running on All-American Cylinders

The “Fast and Furious” franchise jumped the shark a long time ago. Now, it’s all a...

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Review: ‘Do You Believe?’ Christians Can Make Great Movies?

Bible-themed and Christian movies have hit the multiplexes in a big way in the last year. ...

movies
Funny ‘Get Hard’ Attacks Racial Stereotypes, One Percenters

Angry people are already casting complaints about the new comedy Get Hard. The only gr...

culture101
1950s’ ‘War of the Worlds’—A Model Science-Fiction Film

The 1950s film version of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds is the best version of al...

movies
Penn’s ‘Gunman’ Combines Lefty Politics, Action Cliches

Sean Penn is making sure his Liam Neeson moment will play out under his progressive rule...

movies
Monday Abstract: ‘The Jinx,’ ‘Cinderella,’ Feminist Scorn, Irish Potables

HBO's documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst ended last nigh...

journalism
Wednesday Abstract: ‘Top Gear’ Suspension, John Green Movies, Ann Sothern on TCM, Fox News Trust, More

The BBC has suspended Jeremy Clarkson, lead host of its popular Top Gear automobile show (...

movies
Tuesday Abstract: Ghostbusters, Ratings, Selleck, Sheet Music

Your daily roundup of cultural events: Gen-Xers who grew up wearing proton packs, take he...

movies
More Than a Social Problem Film: ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

In Jewish law, a husband must give his wife a decree of divorce (known as a gett) in ord...

movies
Entire ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy to Air in HD on Turner Classic Movies Tonight

DVR alert: from 8 p.m. (Eastern) tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, Turner Classic Movie...

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‘Bloodline’ Tops List of March Netflix Additions

Netflix taketh away, as we noted yesterday, but Netflix also giveth. Here's a list of mo...

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March Netflix Departures Include ‘Dumb and Dumber’

It looks like March is going to come in like a lion this year (global warming, hah!), bu...

movies
Politics, Narcissism Highlight Academy Awards Show, As Usual

The annual Academy Awards ceremony went off with its usual grotesque and terrifying comb...

movies
Review: ’50 Shades of Grey’ Is an Unconventional Conventional Romance

By now you’re surely aware of the Fifty Shades of Grey (50SOG) phenomenon and basic st...

books
Fifty Shades of What?

By now we know that a movie based on a bestselling book series about kinky sex dominated t...

movies
Rush Celebrates Its 40th with North American Tour

You know the adjective old applies when a band you followed as a kid celebrates its 40th a...