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Film, "Something in the Air": Just in Time for May '68

"Something in the Air": Just in Time for May '68

World-cinema mainstay Olivier Assayas' inviting new film is about young French people and the lived legacy of May '68. Interestingly, these are kids who came of age not precisely at that moment but a few years later, and not right…
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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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Film, "Carlos": Olivier Assayas on his movie about the Jackal terrorist

"Carlos": Olivier Assayas on his movie about the Jackal terrorist

The man, the myth, the motherfucker: Olivier Assayas' Carlos is about a terrorist who, despite not being terribly good at his job, wins international notoriety and beds hot radical chicks. In the movie's three parts (totaling five and a half…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Summer Hours</i>

Summer Hours

With Summer Hours, director Olivier Assayas stages a tactical retreat from the hookers and junkies of his Boarding Gate and Clean to the heart of a bourgeois French family. Summer Hours opens with a gaggle of first cousins romping around…
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Film, Old money meets a new world in Olivier Assayas' <i>Summer Hours</i>

Old money meets a new world in Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours

Throughout his career, festival favorite Olivier Assayas has alternated between meta-pop, sometimes lurid, neo–New Wave genre flicks and their antithesis — genteel, talk-driven ensemble dramas. With Summer Hours, the 54-year-old director brings it all back home, staging a tactical retreat…
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Film, Hot on Arrival

Hot on Arrival

There's basically only one reason to see Olivier Assayas' self-consciously hypermodern, metasleazy, English-French-Chinese-language globo-thriller Boarding Gate, and her name is Asia Argento. An authentic daughter of darkness (child of Italian horror auteur Dario Argento) and self-proclaimed Scarlet Diva (the title…
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Film, Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Whatever you think Demonlover is, chances are it isn't. The title conjures up images reminiscent of fantasy artists Frank Frazetta and Simon Bisley of muscular monsters deflowering delicate damsels, but while such visions appear for a few seconds on-screen, they…
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Second Time Around

"Walk on the Wild Side: Olivier Assayas" Irma Vep, one of the best films of 1997, may have seemed like it came out of nowhere, so ripe it was with energy, intoxicating ambiguity, and loose-limbed notions about character and story.…
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