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Miner of Mania

More than most comedians, Robin Williams exemplified the cliché of the funny man being an inverted sad man.

Stillness & Silence in 'Ida'

Austere, quiet, its gravity tempered by bursts of harsh irreverence, 'Ida' grabs your imagination and won’t let go.

Artful Schlock, Arty Dreck

Jim Jarmusch’s vampire movie, 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' goes right where Jonathan Glazer’s critically acclaimed 'Under the Skin' goes wrong.

Wes Goes East

Atypical work for the whimsical and aesthetic Wes Anderson, or another journey further into 'Andersonland'?

Deluge & Delusion

Darren Aronofsky, a master of misery, is very much in his element in 'Noah' as he envisions the sinful self-destruction of nearly the whole damned human race.

Treacle

The evangelistic fervor of its producers is evident throughout 'Son of God,' but so is bombastic filmmaking lacking in any nuance or freshness of approach.

The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman had the greatest range of any character actor of his generation, and his filmography is stupendous in both its length and its variety.

Bottled-Up Yearning

'The Invisible Woman' has tact but lacks Dickensian bustle and comedy; 'Gloria' depicts a woman whose way of surviving is to live on the fly.

A Soulless Soul Mate

'Her' focuses on emotional anxieties, asking what happens when companionship and intimacy itself are outsourced to a rapidly evolving machine. What happens to us?

The Art of the Con

No moviemaker since Sturges has made the din of recrimination as funny as Russell does in 'American Hustle,' while Scorcese dazzles though 'Wolf' goes nowhere.

Odd Couples

Judi Dench radiates from a still center, and Emma Thompson confirms that she is the best movie actress in the English-speaking world.

Seeing as God Sees

Karen Kilby, Luke Timothy Johnson, and Bernard G. Prusak reassess Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life.'
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