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Nov 28, 2023

The Humanistic Magic of Ozu Yasujirô

Why is the late Ozu Yasujirô idolized by moviemakers and adoring audiences, both in his native Japan and wherever in the world his films are shown? A horde of books, essays, term papers and homemade love notes have been devoted to that question, but one explanation for the director’s deep...
Nov 14, 2023

‘May December’

Manifest Destiny
Oct 24, 2023

Manifest Destiny

Killers of the Flower Moon is putatively Martin Scorsese’s first Western. As such, it’s a departure from the films that made him famous. There are no car bombs in a Las Vegas parking lot, nor New York...
The High Window
Oct 18, 2023

The High Window

One afternoon in the French Alps near Grenoble, an 11-year-old boy named Daniel and his dog Snoop discover the dead body of Daniel’s father, Samuel, lying on the ground at the base of the family chalet. Daniel...
AI? DOA
Oct 10, 2023

AI? DOA

There’s not much reason to watch Foe other than to see the performances of the three lead actors, especially Saoirse Ronan. But not even movie star Ronan can do much to rescue director-screenwriter Garth Davis and novelist...
The Gastronomical She
Oct 10, 2023

The Gastronomical She

In Gregory Bezat’s documentary, The Art of Eating: The Life of M.F.K. Fisher, a chorus of approving food luminaries, biographers and friends testify on behalf of the late American author. Well-known cultural figures such as Jacques Pépin,...
Down Under It
Oct 4, 2023

Down Under It

In The Royal Hotel, a pair of attractive but gullible young American women on vacation decide to take jobs as waitpersons in a bar in the deepest Australian Outback. It could be fun. They might see kangaroos....
East Bay Blues
Oct 3, 2023

East Bay Blues

Without rolling her eyes, Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) wards off her therapist’s (Gregg Turkington) questions with a steely reserve. Dr. Anthony asks about her life in Afghanistan before she moved to Fremont. He asks about her family...
What Color Is Fashion?
Sep 26, 2023

What Color Is Fashion?

The fashion industry suffers from its general depiction in film as something frivolous or at least inconsequential, a subject generally fit for gossipy dramatizations—as in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci (2021)—when it’s not the subject of such...
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