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  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    A few days into 2012, and we already have a favorite for the New Year's best movie: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Turkey's leading filmmaker has several accomplished festival-friendly evocations of urban isolation to his credit...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    A Separation—the fifth feature by Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi—is an urgently shot courtroom drama designed to put you in the jury box. Dispensing with preliminaries, it opens at a judicial hearing at which, both facing the c...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    The past 12 months brought a number of powerful, introspective, big-theme cine-statements, many of them by old masters (see below). Some pondered history—as well as its end. A few upended the old-fashioned movie-house paradigm. In recognitio...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    A doggedly overwrought production less felt than facile, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is an essentially uninvolving prestige adaptation. It might be perverse to accuse a tearjerker as accomplished as Spielberg of being unfeeling, but the overcalcu...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is hardly a personal project. Still, David Fincher's sveltely malevolent remake of the 2009 Swedish blockbuster directed by Niels Arden Oplev from Stieg Larsson's rambling thriller, a posthumously published internat...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 1974 spy novel generally regarded as the writer's finest, is predicated on a pair of enigmatic personalities: the colorless bureaucratic master-spook George Smiley and the double agent the S...

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