Movie Reviews

'Hannah Arendt': Holocaust, Eichmann and the controversial `banality of evil'

How do you make a film about a great thinker? Thinking is not the most kinetic or photogenic activity. Hannah Arendt does a lot of it in the film that bears her name.

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'The Lone Ranger': Is the Masked Man really Kemosabe---or Tonto?

Who is that masked man -- fighting for truth, justice and the American way?

It's Tonto, and he's fighting more for the Native American way than for his unfaithful white companion in Gore Verbinski's marathon version of "The Lone Ranger."

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'Reluctant Fundamentalist' flips the usual suspects---and sympathies

"Where do you see yourself in 25 years?" the brilliant young Pakistani financial analyst is asked, while flipping burgers at an office picnic in New York.

"Let's see ... 25 years ...," he muses. "I'm gonna be the dictator of an Islamic republic with nuclear capabilities."

He's kidding, of course.

Or is he?

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A charmingly animated view `From Up on Poppy Hill'

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Smooth as Silk Screen Film Festival...with rough moments

How au courant are you with Uzbek cinema?

I thought so.

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'Re-Imagining Class': The 2013 Russian Film Symposium

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Terrence Malick's `To the Wonder': More ravishing requiem than revelation

... And the Oscar for best actress in an Olympic twirling mode goes to -- Olga Kurylenko for "To the Wonder."

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'Back to the Square': human faces of Egyptian repression

Toussaint l'Ouverture leads a successful slave revolt against Napoleon, and Haiti becomes the world's first black democracy. Russia gets rid of Tsar Nicholas, and a utopian workers' paradise is established. Saddam Hussein is deposed, and the Iraqi mission is accomplished.  Hosni Mubarak gets booted in the Arab Spring, and Egypt is free at last.

Not quite.

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`A.K.A. Doc Pomus': Save the last dance for the crippled Jewish boy

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`Gaamer': a virtual hero in his virtual life

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Gamer is epitomized by Alex Kosov, better known as Koss in the video game kingdom where he reigns. He's the 17-year-old Pinball Wizard of his time (today) and place (Ukraine).

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