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Transcendence

"Transcendence" is a serious science fiction movie filled with big ideas and powerful images, but it never quite coheres, and the end is a copout.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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BBC America’s Addictive "Orphan Black" Picks Up Right Where It Left Off

BBC America's hit sci-fi show is back for another round of addictive action.

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Cannes releases their lineup; Fargo, the TV show; Landmark anime; Under the Skin and Only Lovers Left Alive; Documentary subjects who don't want to be documentary subjects.

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Meet the Writers: Dan Callahan

Writer Dan Callahan responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.

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John Turturro Captures Lost Intimacy in "Fading Gigolo"

John Turturro, actor/writer/director of Fading Gigolo, discusses his career, working with Woody Allen, and cinema's difficulty in capturing true intimacy.

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AMC’s “Mad Men” Begins Final Descent

The final season of "Mad Men" begins with the familiar routines of its damaged characters but they have more tragic resonance than ever.

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In Defense of the Expert Review

A response to Sam Adams' piece at CriticWire in defense of the expert critic.