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Calendar, Night&Day Symbiotic Scores

Symbiotic Scores

It's hard to imagine the suspenseful works of Alfred Hitchcock without Bernard Hermann's spooky counterpoint. Or the giddy blockbusters of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas without the symphonic grandiosity of John Williams. Not to mention the over-the-top imagery of Tim…
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Film, Feature

J. Hoberman's Top 10 Movies of 2010

Many of my favorite films of the year are still awaiting wider release, so although this list wraps up my 2010, it can also serve as a guide to your 2011. My No. 1 film, in fact, sneaks into New…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Out of Africa

Get Out of Africa

Claire Denis's tense, convulsive White Material is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty. The time is unspecified. The subject is the collapse of an unnamed West African state, and the protagonist, Maria, a French settler unflinchingly…
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Film, "White Material": Isabelle Huppert anchors Claire Denis' colonial Africa movie

"White Material": Isabelle Huppert anchors Claire Denis' colonial Africa movie

Claire Denis' strongest movie in the decade since Beau Travail, her tense, convulsive White Material, is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty. The time is unspecified. The subject is the collapse of an unnamed West African…
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Film, Indie film and family in crisis in "The Father of My Children"

Indie film and family in crisis in "The Father of My Children"

The Father of My Children, a drama about love, sorrow, and the heartbreak of independent film financing, is sliced neatly in half by the sudden death of its protagonist, Grégoire Canvel. I'm not spoiling: Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve has admitted that…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>35 Shots of Rum</i>

35 Shots of Rum

Recent American films about families, like Rachel Getting Married, all too often pierce eardrums with shrieks of dysfunction. Amid the din, French filmmaker Claire Denis' sublime 35 Shots of Rum stands out all the more for its soothing quiet, conveying…
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Film, Reel World

City of Hope

Elephantine, debt-laden chains dominate motion picture exhibition, and their overriding cash needs wring every quarter -- and most of the fun -- out of moviegoing. (Now playing: commercials before the feature.) Independent cinemas also need to clear a profit, of…
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