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As established during NYFF last year, I can’t say enough nice things about Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan, which concerns the short life (and tragic death) of the brilliant jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. I was already a fan of Collin’s My Name Is Albert Ayler (made nearly a decade ago), but nevertheless entered Morgan convinced the fundamentally conservative music-doc format could go nowhere new. To my surprise, Morgan has all the verve of an...
Patriots Day Directed by Peter Berg Opens December 21 In 1991, filmmaker and theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha wrote that “The function of any ideology in power is to represent the world positively unified.” In 2012, Mark Wahlberg told Men’s Journal, about 9/11, that “If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did… There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘Okay,...
If film criticism is professionally accursed, there are nevertheless times when it makes for a blessed avocation; to me, the chance to talk with Paul Schrader about his brain-breaking new noir Dog Eat Dog (adapted from a 1996 novel by Eddie Bunker) was one of them. That said, I did not particularly enjoy Dog Eat Dog, which opens today. Starring Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook as three ex-cons who stake it all...
Shin Godzilla Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi Now in theaters Capping a season of blockbuster releases that was somehow even more punishingly milquetoast and committee-branded than usual, Hideki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla arrives as the for-adults disaster epic we knew, deep down, we wanted. In political terms, the filmmakers have delivered the most radical—which is to say, America-skeptic—entry in the giant reptile franchise since Ishiro Honda’s 1954 Gojira, full stop. That said: this...

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