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In his directorial debut, actor Paddy Considine has learned that the best way to develop sympathy for someone who kicks his dog to death is by comparing him to another character (Eddie Marsan) who urinates on his wife.
Paddy Considine's directorial debut
| February 24, 2012
Review: Another Year
It joins a list of English films that do not make me want to visit England. Maybe because it's too much like here.
Mike Leigh's new film bristles with anxiety and loneliness.
| January 21, 2011
Winter film preview: Freeze frames
So, it's time for Another Year , meaning not just 2011 but also the latest film from Happy-Go-Lucky director Mike Leigh, a traipse through four seasons in the lives of ordinary people, exploring their small joys and tragedies. Kind of like Blue Vale
The movies chill out to start the year
| December 31, 2010
Review: Looking for Eric
Like Eric (Steve Evets), the depressive Manchester postman in his new film, Ken Loach, the doyen of British neo-realism, deserves a break.
Goal keeper: Ken Loach scores
| May 21, 2010
Willard Spiegelman seems like a nice guy. He has had the good luck to live a happy life without major disaster or suffering. But as a long-time professor of English at Southern Methodist University and editor of the Southwest Review , he has ended up
In happiness begins responsibility
| December 04, 2009
Man make movie
Poverty is making a comeback, on the streets and on movie screens.
Ramin Bahrani observes and reports
| April 10, 2009
Year in Film: Risky business
Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
| December 22, 2008
There might be a dark side to Poppy (Sally Hawkins), the driving force behind Mike Leigh’s new film Happy-Go-Lucky , but damned if I could find it.
Mike Leigh lightens up in Happy-Go-Lucky
| October 16, 2008
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
| August 19, 2008
The odd couple
British director Mike Leigh is known as a master of kitchen-sink realism, making films about family and relationship conflict weighed down by the demands of contemporary working-class existence.
Revisit one of the great films about the artistic process
| February 13, 2008
Whatever else it may be, the Harry Potter Edda is surely the most popular narrative about the dawning of pubertal awareness ever created.
Hormones submit to dreary Order
| July 10, 2007
British theater veteran Debbie Isitt’s mock-documentary follows three couples in the title bridal magazine’s contest for the “Most Original Wedding of the Year,” the prize being a million-dollar dream home . Watch the trailer for Confetti (QuickTime)
An improv success
| September 20, 2006
Just about everyone who survived the time with memory intact waxes nostalgic about the ’60s, but perhaps none more so than Czechs.
‘Rare Bohemian Cinema’ at the MFA
| August 23, 2006
Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
| April 28, 2006
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