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Burt Lancaster in The Leopard
Wednesday August 17th, 2011
Visconti's 1963 classic The Leopard recently underwent restoration and has been playing art houses in the US. Based on a popular novel of the same name the Italian language film won the 1963 Palme d'Or at Cannes. It's one of those Gotterdammerung type films in which an established ruling class…More
The Arbor
Monday August 1st, 2011
On the twentieth anniversary of the death of British playwright Andrea Dunbar, Clio Barnard took a hard look at the young woman and her legacy. The result is a gritty, dark, fascinating glimpse into the troubled life of Dunbar as told from the perspective of contemporaries and her 3 children:…More
Sunday July 24th, 2011
The Rawlings clan is an odd section of humanity. Amos Rawlings (Onur Tukel) appears to be a repressed homosexual who likes to draw pictures of mutilated phalluses when he's not contemplating mutilating himself with a buzz saw. Ezra (Robert Longstreet) is the effeminate, compulsive "mother" surrogate who loves to nag,…More
Sunday July 10th, 2011
In Beginners Christopher Plummer plays Hal a recently widowed 75 year old who decides to come out of the closet and pursue a same sex relationship with a much younger man (Goran Visnjic). The other "beginner" is his son, Oliver, played by Ewan McGregor, a lonely young man who's adept…More
The Exterminating Angel
Friday July 1st, 2011
In Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris Owen Wilson carries on an imaginary conversation with legendary filmmaker Luis Bunuel about a film the young Bunuel hasn't made yet. Why, Wilson asks, in this as yet unmade film, don't the party guests simply walk out of the room and go home? Bunuel…More
Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
Saturday June 18th, 2011
The Book of Job tells the story of a righteous man who undergoes a painful series of life reversals. He has always considered himself God's obedient servant so why is he being punished. God doesn't feel he owes Job an explanation and asks, "Where were you when I laid the…More
The Princess of Montpensier
Thursday June 2nd, 2011
The Princess of Montpensier is a visually rich and engaging 16th century French romantic drama. The princess, Marie, as ably played by the beautiful Melanie Thierry, is the object of the affections of 3 noblemen: Henri de Guise, her longtime lover; the Prince de Montpensier, a rival of Guise whose…More
Saturday May 21st, 2011
In Canada a young man and woman anxiously await the reading of their mother's will. The executor places 2 envelopes in front of them: one addressed to their father and the other addressed to their brother, neither of whom they have ever had any contact with. It is their mother's…More
Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times)
Friday April 22nd, 2011
Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times) is an extraordinary cinematic essay by writer/director Michelangelo Frammartino. The place is Calabria at the southern tip of Italy a mountainous area that was once home to Pythagoras and his followers who held fast to a belief in the transmigration of souls. Except for…More
Certified Copy
Thursday April 21st, 2011
Certified Copy is a delight. With a great performance by Juliette Binoche, a memorable film debut by William Shimmell one of Britain's finest opera baritones, great on-location cinematography in Tuscany and astute direction by legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami Certified Copy is bound to be one of the most enjoyable…More

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