The Barbarian Invasions
(Denys Arcand, 2004)

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This Academy Award winning film (Best Foreign Language, 2004) is quirky, surprising, well-crafted, and designed to prompt discussion, if not sharp debate. The story…

Atonement (Joe Wright, 2008)

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In The Death of Satan: How Americans have lost the sense of evil Andrew Delbanco puts a new spin on an old problem: A…

Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)

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There’s a scene in the middle of Gus Van Sant’s Milk that, for me, captures the heart of the movie. The apartment Harvey Milk…

Valkyrie (Bryan Singer, 2008)

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Last fall my friend Adam was discussing The Counterfeiters with a German grad student, who asked, “Why is it you’re watching so many German…

Funny People (Judd Apatow, 2009)

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Apatow and Aristotle on Friendship I went into the theater expecting to love Funny People. I’d been pleasantly surprised by the way Judd Apatow’s…

Heavy Metal In Baghdad (VBS.TV, 2007)

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The Right to Thrash in Post-War Iraq Despite the enthusiastic fan base (albeit small) heavy metal is not a welcome musical style in Iraq.…

The Way, Way Back (Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, 2013)

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Trivia The writer-director team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash play ‘Roddy’ and ‘Lewis’ who work at the Water Wizz pool-park In an interview,…

Another Year (Mike Leigh, 2010)

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Features & First Impressions 1. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick Laselle writes about Another Year that it “is not for Mike Leigh…

The Emperor’s Club (Ethan Canin & Neil Tolkin, 2002)

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Features & First Impressions The ‘inspirational-teacher’ genre has proven attractive to Hollywood: think Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939),

The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)

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The power of money and greed On September 15, 2008 the Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. It was the beginning of…