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Review: Crazy Horse
In La Danse — The Paris Opera Ballet , Frederick Wiseman looked behind the scenes at a revered dance institution. In his new documentary he examines a dance institution of a different sort, the cabaret bar of the title, a Parisian pop-cultural icon a
Wiseman behind the scenes at a revered dance institution
| January 27, 2012
Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards
From Boston to Oscar.
Critical Acclaim Dept.
| January 22, 2011
Review: Boxing Gym
Whatever his subject matter, documentarian Frederick Wiseman has always been concerned with blood and sweat.
Frederick Wiseman serves up blood, sweat, and hypnotic cadences
| November 12, 2010
Helicoptering parents and stay-at-home adult children have been popular issues of late, and at first, the Duplass Brothers' third feature (and their first made with a studio) seems poised to exploit them.
Umbilical discord: The Duplass Brothers get Oedipal
| June 25, 2010
An idyll examined
After 36 films and more than 40 years of filmmaking, Frederick Wiseman has probably come as close as any director to capturing this American life in all its breadth and nuance.
Frederick Wiseman's four-hour, 1999 documentary about Belfast, Maine
| January 29, 2010
If you think the polemic salvos Michael Moore churns out define the modern documentary, you've either succumbed to Moore's manipulative shenanigans or are unfamiliar with the works of Frederick Wiseman. No disrespect to the Roger & Me director, he
An interview with Frederick Wiseman
| December 11, 2009
Review: La Danse: Le Ballet de L'Opéra de Paris
Frederick Wiseman's documentary is a love letter to Paris, to the Palais Garnier opera house (the Bastille gets a cameo), and the Paris Opera Ballet.
Tough love from Frederick Wiseman
| December 11, 2009
Greater than fiction
The True/False Film Festival, which just wrapped up its sixth year in Columbia, Missouri, presents an encouraging object lesson in how to establish a destination film festival in an unlikely location.
Mainers find ideas and connections at a Missouri film festival
| March 04, 2009
Review: The Secret of the Grain
The secret of The Grain is patience
Food for thought
| February 19, 2009
Review: The Class
Bégaudeau is a real-life teacher who penned a memoir, Entre les murs (the film’s original French title), about his time in the classroom.
Learning curve, part II
| February 04, 2009
Despite the bleak scenario, this is Aronofsky's funniest film.
Aronofsky, Rourke make The Wrestler a champ
| December 22, 2008
For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
| April 22, 2008
Mexico City abuzz with Beantowners
Where’s New York? Where’s LA?
A report from the International Mexico City Festival of Contemporary Cinema
| April 07, 2008
Armies of the light
Maybe the trauma of another intractable war has sparked the movies’ recent interest in ’60s headliners.
Norman Mailer’s primal screen at the HFA
| September 18, 2007
Doom, gloom and zoom
Given the past year’s headlines, it can’t come as a surprise that some of the best films of 2006 had an edge of darkness to them.
A year in film
| January 16, 2007
I recently saw Alejandro Iñárritu’s Babel , the latest entry in the multi-narrative, pseudo-serendipitous, ain’t-life-ironic genre that reached a highpoint with the Best Picture Oscar last year for Crash , and I asked myself, is this the future of cine
Krzysztof Kieslowski at the MFA
| October 04, 2006
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu(1)
Those dismayed by the state of American medicine might take heart from Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s depressing, fascinating, two-and-a-half-hour death watch. Watch the trailer for The Death of Mr.Lzarescu (QuickTime)
Approaches the mythic
| July 31, 2006
I never listened to more than a few minutes of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion .
Altman spins Keillor’s Companion piece
| June 07, 2006
Dixième Chambre: Instants D’Audience | The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial
The cases heard in the typical court sessions of Raymond Dépardon’s documentary range from drunk-driving charges against middle-class plaintiffs to drug and robbery offenses committed by poor people, minorities, and illegal aliens.
Rating: 3 stars
| February 09, 2006
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Those dismayed by the state of American medicine might take heart from Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s depressing, fascinating, two-and-a-half-hour death watch.
| January 18, 2006
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