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Song to Song Directed by Terence Malick Opens March 17 Watching Terrence Malick’s most recent films, I was reminded of what Dinosaur Jr. guitar god J. Mascis told The Quietus about classic double albums Exile on Main St. and Physical Graffiti: : It’s good because there are so many songs on it, but it’s easy to listen to a lot because they’re not too great, in a way—just the whole sound of it is cool, somehow. . ....
The Last Laugh Directed by Ferne Pearlstein Opens March 3 at Lincoln Plaza Hey, heard the one about the mass extermination of Jews conducted by the Nazis in the 1930s and the 1940s? Sorry, no punchline here—just thought I'd open this review with the totally unfunny fact that underlies The Last Laugh, Ferne Pearlstein's documentary about the history and ethical implications of so-called "Holocaust humor." Because that's what all such humor comes back to, does it not? Making...
Michael Moore spoke at the Women’s March on January 21st, but I was thinking of one of his documentaries in the run up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America the day before. I actually don’t care much for Moore’s films, but there’s a terrific moment in Bowling for Columbine (2002) when Marilyn Manson, of all people, says something more intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate than any of...
The Son of Joseph Directed by Eugene Green Opens January 13 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center On paper, Eugene Green’s films shouldn’t work: his style is hand-me-down-Bresson, his milieux is traditionalist France to the point of sterility, and his characters say things like “It seems to me the world is one big hospital, with doctors and nurses looking after patients.” Yet there’s a lightness to Green’s touch, and a gentle beauty to many of his...

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