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Pomegranates and Program Notes

Did You See This?

Pomegranates and Program Notes

Serge Daney on Sergei Parajanov, James Quandt on Robert Bresson, and Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin on Maurice Pialat are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Joe Pesci and the Rest of the Best of 2019
Joe Pesci and the Rest of the Best of 2019

Coaxed out of retirement, the actor and singer is winning plaudits for his powerfully understated performance in The Irishman.

By David Hudson

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Tantalizing Features Lined Up for Sundance 2020
Tantalizing Features Lined Up for Sundance 2020

The year will begin with new films by Josephine Decker, Kirsten Johnson, Dee Rees, Sean Durkin, and Michael Almereyda.

By David Hudson

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Bobby Womack Turns Up the Heat and the Soul in Fish Tank

Songbook

Bobby Womack Turns Up the Heat and the Soul in Fish Tank

Heard three times in Andrea Arnold’s coming-of-age drama, the R&B legend’s cover of “California Dreamin’ ” highlights the teenage heroine’s yearning for connection and escape.

By Rebecca Bengal

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The Story of Temple Drake: Notorious
The Story of Temple Drake: Notorious

Often credited with inciting full enforcement of the Hays Code, this harrowing melodrama is one of the few Faulkner adaptations that successfully evokes the writer’s distinctive ambience and unsettling contradictions.

By Geoffrey O’Brien

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Accolades for Marriage Story and Laura Dern
Accolades for Marriage Story and Laura Dern

The Gotham Awards honor Noah Baumbach’s gripping divorce story and pay tribute to an endearing actress.

By David Hudson

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Mother Monster: Gladys Cooper in Now, Voyager

Performances

Mother Monster: Gladys Cooper in Now, Voyager

Played with icy restraint, the bully at the heart of Irving Rapper’s classic woman’s picture is a prime example of how Hollywood melodramas shaped the archetype of the villainous mother.

By Ella Taylor

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BIFAs and Indies
BIFAs and Indies

For Sama is the surprise winner at the the British Independent Film Awards, and John Waters picks his favorite films of 2019.

By David Hudson

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Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany
Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany

A thought-provoking experiment in cinematic form, the new film by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman meditates on the power of food and community through an innovative mix of truth and fiction.

By Andrew Chan

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The Gang’s All Here

Did You See This?

The Gang’s All Here

American gangsters, Chinese filmmakers, and a Czech animator are featured in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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A Year, a Decade, a Century
A Year, a Decade, a Century

The BBC polls 368 critics and programmers to come up with a list of the greatest films directed by women—plus more of the best of the 2010s and 2019.

By David Hudson

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Greta Gerwig’s Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

A smart and lively adaptation of a 150-year-old classic is warmly greeted in the first round of reviews.

By David Hudson

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All About Eve: Upstage, Downstage
All About Eve: Upstage, Downstage

Full of booze, bons mots, and backstabbing, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s impeccably crafted showbiz drama is the rare movie where—as its star, Bette Davis, once put it—“it all came out right.”

By Terrence Rafferty

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Now, Voyager: We Have the Stars
Now, Voyager: We Have the Stars

Perhaps the quintessential woman’s film of its era, this saga of self-discovery captures Bette Davis at the height of her reign at Warner Bros.

By Patricia White

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Jean Douchet, Socrates of Criticism
Jean Douchet, Socrates of Criticism

The filmmaker, critic, and professor’s passion for cinema was contagious.

By David Hudson

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Agnès Varda Looks Back on Life and Art in Her Newly Released Swan Song
Agnès Varda Looks Back on Life and Art in Her Newly Released Swan Song

Critics are praising the French New Wave icon’s joyous and reflective final film, which hits theaters in New York this week.

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A 21-Film Salute to New Korean Cinema
A 21-Film Salute to New Korean Cinema

A richly varied showcase of Korean films made between 1996 and 2003 opens in New York.

By David Hudson

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Cold War: You’re My Only Home
Cold War: You’re My Only Home

Two lovers cross boundaries both personal and national in this ambitious, zigzagging love story, one of the most romantic films of this century.

By Stephanie Zacharek

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Manny Farber, Critic and Painter
Manny Farber, Critic and Painter

A new collection of essays connects the dots between Farber’s paintings and film criticism.

By David Hudson

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2010s: The Listing Begins
2010s: The Listing Begins

Contributors to RogerEbert.com and the A.V. Club as well as Time’s Stephanie Zacharek and more pick their favorite films of the decade.

By David Hudson

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Betty Blue: The Look of Love
Betty Blue: The Look of Love

Underneath its brilliantly colored, highly stylized surfaces, this key work of 1980s French cinema is a heartrending portrait of a woman struggling to both inhabit and reject traditionally feminine roles.

By ​Chelsea Phillips-Carr

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Susan Sontag’s Duet for Cannibals
Susan Sontag’s Duet for Cannibals

A new restoration of the novelist and critic’s debut feature opens in New York on Friday.

By David Hudson

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Ira Sachs Finds a Model of Artistic Courage in Je tu il elle

Under the Influence

Ira Sachs Finds a Model of Artistic Courage in Je tu il elle

The director of Frankie and Keep the Lights On opens up about how the emotional and sexual candor of Chantal Akerman’s feature debut has inspired his own deeply personal approach to cinema.

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The Ache of Desire
The Ache of Desire

Whether sublimated or made explicit, that longing feeling so specific to the queer experience has always existed in the movies. A new series on the Criterion Channel dives into this richly layered but long-suppressed cinematic history.

By Michael Koresky

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