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All At Sea

'Captain Phillips' is thoughtful and electrifyingly exciting; 'All Is Lost' is Sisyphean hopelessness but also a Sisyphean defiance.

An Everyday Nightmare

In this film slavery creates a hell in which everyone burns—blacks and whites, men and women, victims and victimizers, the well-intentioned and the malevolent.

Weightless

As tearjerker banalities and bromides play out, on the visual side 'Gravity' compensates with a display of nearly overwhelming beauty and power.

Overstuffed

'Prisoners' is a very good movie -- but not the minor masterpiece it should have been.

Fearsome Correctives

John Ponsoldt avoids triteness and makes you care; Cate Blanchett's operatic and annihilating performance makes Woody Allen's newest film a keeper.

Recording Angel with a Camera

Among the virtues of Ryan Coogler's film "Fruitvale Station" is the way he shows how numerous definitions of the word "tragedy" may apply.

Words & Deeds

'Hannah Arendt' offers an immersion in the world of postwar New York intellectuals; 'A Hijacking' portrays the travails of a cargo ship set upon by Somali pirates.

A Good Gatsby

In many important senses, Baz Luhrmann has quite literally restored 'The Great Gatsby' to a Catholic setting.

Misdirection

A documentary on Ricky Jay, one of the great living magicians, and a feature in which four practitioners of the craft use their special skills to stage a heist.

Roaring Mad

Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby' proves to be a triumph of both faithfulness and daring. It conveys some of the novel’s glories and possesses virtues all its own.

A Natural

When historical events fall into line with Hollywood’s eternal quest for easy thrills and easy tears, the result can be a movie like 42. The story of how...
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