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Killing Expectations


Emotion Motion


The Core of Apple’s Man


Less Peak, More Valley


Lower-Case Spielberg


Say Her Name, Say Her Name


Juarez: What Is It Good For?




MacGyver in Space


Genocidal Maniac Says What?

There is a chance, a very real chance, that documentarians Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, along with their anonymous co-director, have recorded something never before seen. Hell, they may have recorded something that has never before happened in the whole of human experience. Late in The Act of Killing, a man who has admitted to killing more than 1,000 people realizes the gravity of what he’s done. That...


The best comedy of the year also indicts our cultural obsession with nostalgia, presents a character who legitimately recently attempted suicide  and contains a final 10 minutes rich enough to fuel a dozen sequels we will tragically never get. The World’s End is the latest in a tiny group of movies that brilliantly parody a specific genre while still functioning within that genre. Joining Shaun of the Dead, which...

Shooting Mouths

It was Mark Twain who separated the act of untruth into three categories: “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Writer/director Thomas Vinterberg and cowriter Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) make a case for a fourth category with Jagten (The Hunt): “lies about molestation.” It’s a type of lie that’s so vile, it shouldn’t be mixed in the general population with the other lies out of a fear for safety.

In The Hunt,...

Pirates of Care and Well-Being

Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s Kapringen (A Hijacking) is sure to make Tom Hanks’ upcoming Captain Phillips look like a pleasure ride on the Good Ship Lollypop. In places that unofficially celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” the term brings to mind Johnny Depp’s ambiguously sexual Keith Richards’ drag act. But for a good portion of the world, the word pirate does not conjure mascara-laden eyes and a...

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