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The Mermaid (2016) Directed by Stephen Chow Sony Corporation of America dumped Chow’s latest in a few theaters across North America during its theatrical run this February. In China though, The Mermaid was a box office smash. It’s one of the top grossing movies of all time in the country. It’s a pretty damn good film too, and now returns (in 3D!) to Metrograph following their retrospective on Chow the actor, the filmmaker, and comedy king of Hong...
Early on in The Cruise, the 1998 documentary that would vaunt him into a state of quasi-celebrity, Gray Line tour guide Timothy "Speed" Levitch clues the audience in to the way he thinks about the city that he daily informs crowds of baffled out-of-towners about. "New York City is a living organism; It evolves, it devolves, it fluctuates as a living organism," Levitch explains. "So my relationship with New York City is as vitriolic as...
Bennett Miller has proved himself an extraordinarily patient director, and that patience pays off with Foxcatcher, his third film. His first two, Capote and Moneyball, were austere, reserved, well-acted, and, for me, a little wan—docudramas lacking a style to make their dreariness distinct. Style-wise, Foxcatcher isn't much different; if anything, it's drearier. Still austere, still reserved, and shot through what looks like a perpetual mix of cloud cover and a hint of soul-sucking fluorescent...