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'Love Is Strange'

What’s quietly revelatory about 'Love Is Strange' is that its creators didn’t feel the need to turn it into a social-protest document.

'The Trip to Italy' & 'Land Ho!'

Both 'buddy' films chart the male temperament as mortality heaves into view, and protagonists live in a world where religion seems to have vanished.

'Calvary'

'Calvary' belongs in a select company of films that deal powerfully with the plight of a priest who finds himself at odds with his community.

The Time of Our Lives

The obsession with time lies at the core of Linklater’s singular new film, 'Boyhood.' In a sense it is misleading to call it new, since work on it began in 2001.

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.
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