First Impressions: The Salt of the Earth, Clouds of Sils Maria, Predestination

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A time-traveling terrorist hunter. A photographer who descends into the world's most harrowing hells. An actress desperate to defend her reputation and legacy from a reckless upstart. You never know where the movies will take you.Well, actually, yes — you do know where movies will take you. Most of the time. I'm not interested in the routine — that's why I'm not reporting on Avengers: Age of Ultron. You could go see that, I suppose. It might be fun and momentarily distracting. Or you could op … [Read more...]

Certified Copy (2010)

My review of Certified Copy, my favorite film of 2010, is up at Good Letters, the blog of Image. … [Read more...]

“Summer Hours”: Juliette Binoche Returns.

Is there any better big screen actress working today than Juliette Binoche? I'd like to hear your idea of who you think has a better record of great performances... in great films.Last year, she showed up in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon and astonished me again. This year, it's Oliver Assayas' Summer Hours, which a few friends have already highly recommended to me. I can't wait.Fans of the Dardennes Brothers should note: Jérémie Renier is in this film as well.You … [Read more...]

Specials: "The Dark Crystal." Proulx-poo. Carell and WHO?

Sunday specials:CRYSTAL METHOD Peter Chattaway finally watched The Dark Crystal. And he's not so sure it's the "New Age" trip it has been sometimes described to be.PROULX-POO E. Anne Proulx's account of the Oscars would never be described as "a romp.""IT'S THREE COLORS: BLUE MEETS THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRIGIN..." What great actress would you least expect to see paired with Steve Carell in a romantic comedy? How about my favorite actress, Juliette Binoche? … [Read more...]


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