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2015 Stories by ALAN SCHERSTUHL

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  • ALAN SCHERSTUHL

    Worth Seeing

    published September 3, 2015

    The poster for Blind emphasizes ass. There's the starlet, long and nude, posed at a window in a room as pure-white lit as a gallery... More >>

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    The Black Panthers Roar Again In a Vital New Doc

    published September 3, 2015

    The title might seem tragic. Stanley Nelson's welcome doc banners the Black Panthers as the "vanguard" of the revolution, a claim that's true... More >>

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    Meet the Other and Run

    published August 27, 2015

    This mean and vigorous men's adventure pulp throwback has everything going against it. It's a late-August release whose leads, Owen Wilson and... More >>

  • But What About Nothing Happening?

    published August 27, 2015

    A comedy too listless to bother crafting jokes or comic incidents, a character study centered on a sweet-natured prick it's hard to believe... More >>

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    Still Life With Pricks

    published August 20, 2015

    John Magary is cutting almost-a-comedy The Mend is less a movie than a houseguest that knocks about in your head longer than you expect... More >>

  • Touch of Evel

    published August 20, 2015

    Is it in honor of its subject that the high-flying doc Being Evel indulges so often in hilarious overstatement? "He opened the door and... More >>

  • Here's the Seven Reasons Fantastic Four Has Failed on the Big Screen Yet Again

    published August 13, 2015

    1. Really, it's all in one line of dialogue. Late in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, that ever-lovin' man-mountain Benjamin J. Grimm... More >>

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    A Promising Lemon

    published August 6, 2015

    Promising and disappointing all at once, Jon Watts' backroads thriller Cop Car heralds the arrival of a significant director, one adept... More >>

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    Endnote

    published July 30, 2015

    "This conversation is the best one I ever had," David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) tells us as The End of the Tour wraps up, and the movie,... More >>

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    The City and the Cities

    published July 30, 2015

    A luminous jumble, Jem Cohen's latest experiment in non-narrative urban portraiture captures, in its beauty and bad moods and consistent... More >>

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    The Challenge of Beauty

    published July 23, 2015

    Again, Pedro Costa returns to Fontainhas, the shantytown immigrant quarter of Lisbon he has mourned, taxonomized and brilliantly aestheticized... More >>

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    A Study In Sherlock

    published July 16, 2015

    Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, that promise is dual: Here's 100... More >>

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    Ant-Man's Strong Finish Pleases the Faithful

    published July 16, 2015

    We may not need another hero, but true believers don't need to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film—and... More >>

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    Lila & Eve Is No Disaster

    published July 16, 2015

    If you were to hear that there's a new street-crime revenge thriller that pairs up a grown-up recent Oscar nominee/beloved TV star with... More >>

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    Court Rules

    published July 16, 2015

    A super naturalistic study in class, bureaucracy and censorial stupidity, Chaitanya Tamhane's debut feature, Court, plants viewers in... More >>

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    Road to Nowhere

    published July 9, 2015

    It's heartbreaking that, in his last dramatic film, Robin Williams plays depressed and repressed, burdened by secrets, a man incapable of... More >>

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    Stray Dog Rolls Into Biker America's Blended Future

    published July 2, 2015

    St. Louis has long called itself the "Gateway to the West," but that town and its surrounding Ozarks might more accurately be the Mustache of... More >>

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    A Poem Is a Great Portrait of '70s Weirdness

    published July 2, 2015

    Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long-suppressed film A Poem Is a Naked Person plays like... More >>

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    Advantageous Asks How Much Society Can Demand of Women

    published June 25, 2015

    Forget the sleek skyscrapers, flying cars, or holo-phone tech. What you really need to know about the near future of Jennifer Phang's daring... More >>

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    Netflix's Nina Simone Documentary Is the Film We Need Now

    published June 25, 2015

    One of the nastiest tricks the bastards ever played was to convince so many artists that it's best never to be strident. In the name of... More >>

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    Yes, Another Teen Movie

    published June 18, 2015

    Part of what makes writer/director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that, in many key ways, it's not new at all. Here's a... More >>

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    Dig a Grave for Joe Dante's Burying the Ex

    published June 18, 2015

    Of course a 2015 Joe Dante horror/comedy would be some kind of throwback. The Gremlins director has spent a career idealizing the... More >>

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    Saturday Night Forever

    published June 11, 2015

    One of the funniest things in Live From New York!, the latest repackaging of Saturday Night Live history, is said by Amy Poehler,... More >>

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    An Open Secret Exposes Hollywood Pedophilia, But Not Quite a Conspiracy

    published June 4, 2015

    In its last moments, Amy Berg's exposé of sexual predators among Hollywood's management classes, An Open Secret, offers a curious... More >>

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    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Is a Light in the Dark

    published June 4, 2015

    World cinema may have no better builder of delightful scenes than Roy Andersson, the deadpan Swedish existentialist. Each shot in an Andersson... More >>

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