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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Off the Rails The documentary Off the Rails tells the fascinating, frustrating story of Darius McCollum, an affable man with Asperger’s syndrome who since his teenage years in the 1980s has been commandeering MTA trains and buses. Darius has been arrested 32 times for his hobby,...
Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. Certain Women Borrowing from the short stories of Maile Maloy, Kelly Riechardt’s latest poetic exercise provides a glimpse into the lives of three (very) loosely connected female characters in and around a spectacularly snow-dusted Montana. One is a lawyer (the always-excellent Laura Dern) dealing with a particularly disgruntled—and...
Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. A Family Affair Dutch documentarian Tom Fassaert certainly hit cinematic paydirt with this, his second feature, but of the sort that one hesitates to qualify as good fortune. Setting out to meet his estranged grandmother for the first time as an adult, Fassaert hopes to humanize a...
Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. Little Men For all the films that are basically about men who are friends—the vast majority of them—few of them seem to have a resemblance to actual male friendship. From the first time preteens Jake and Tony meet, Ira Sachs's Little Men captures that reality with an impressive...