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Monroe as a child, with his mother Sigrid.

Evolution of a Criminal Runs Fri., Nov. 7–Thurs., Nov. 13 at Grand

Evolution of a Criminal Runs Fri., Nov. 7–Thurs., Nov. 13 at Grand Illusion. Not rated. 81 minutes. Plenty of Hollywood filmmakers have fallen into crime—DUIs,… Continue reading

Monroe as a child, with his mother Sigrid.
Skeptics in space: McConaughey and Hathaway.

Einstein is the screenwriter’s crutch. At least in the case of Christopher

Einstein is the screenwriter’s crutch. At least in the case of Christopher Nolan (writing with his brother Jonathan), the bending of space and the relativity… Continue reading

Skeptics in space: McConaughey and Hathaway.
Lichtenstein’s 1961 On.

Seattle Art Museum director Kimerly Rorschach was hedging her language during last

Seattle Art Museum director Kimerly Rorschach was hedging her language during last month’s press launch for its awkwardly divided new show. Pop Departures, mostly sourced… Continue reading

Lichtenstein’s 1961 On.

Quick, can you name the short-film Oscar winners from this past March?

Quick, can you name the short-film Oscar winners from this past March? Me neither. Instead of belatedly parading the nominees around the country, Sundance is… Continue reading

The lonely Landis. Sam Cullman/Oscilloscope Laboratories

Somewhat contrary to expectation, this is not a documentary about a master

Somewhat contrary to expectation, this is not a documentary about a master art forger. Exposed as a fraud in 2011 by Financial Times and The… Continue reading

The lonely Landis. Sam Cullman/Oscilloscope Laboratories
The winner! Scheuerer’s Peacock. At right, Pan’s High Autumn.

The audience votes with its feet. At least at the museum, where

The audience votes with its feet. At least at the museum, where you’re not supposed to applaud or cheer, people walk in—and out—purely on the… Continue reading

The winner! Scheuerer’s Peacock. At right, Pan’s High Autumn.
Yumiko Glover

Yumiko Glover left Japan as young college graduate and never went back.

Yumiko Glover left Japan as young college graduate and never went back. After working in business and as a simultaneous translator, she settled in Hawaii,… Continue reading

Yumiko Glover
Woodley and Meloni, unhappily abandoned. Magnolia Pictures

Faster than you can say Young Adult novel, director Gregg Araki dives

Faster than you can say Young Adult novel, director Gregg Araki dives into a doomy ’80s wallow, the soundtrack throbbing with The Cure and This… Continue reading

Woodley and Meloni, unhappily abandoned. Magnolia Pictures
Kaguya and Sutemaru, back in the village.

A staple of Japanese folklore for 10 centuries, Princess Kaguya is now

A staple of Japanese folklore for 10 centuries, Princess Kaguya is now an anime eight years in the making from Isao Takahata, the 78-year-old co-founder… Continue reading

Kaguya and Sutemaru, back in the village.
Olivia Costello plays the adorable daughter. Under the Milky Way

Some movies are an argument against making movies; some marriages are an

Some movies are an argument against making movies; some marriages are an argument against having kids; and this addled New York indie neatly manages both… Continue reading

Olivia Costello plays the adorable daughter. Under the Milky Way
Thompson's Sam stirs up trouble. Ashley Nguyen

Justin Simien’s smart new college satire reminds you how lazy most American

Justin Simien’s smart new college satire reminds you how lazy most American comedies are. In a very different Hollywood ecosystem, Netflix is paying Adam Sandler… Continue reading

Thompson's Sam stirs up trouble. Ashley Nguyen
ClEau as the ferocious Esther. Sundance/IFC

They don’t make movies like this anymore, a fact that director Mathieu

They don’t make movies like this anymore, a fact that director Mathieu Amalric immediately emphasizes with The Blue Room’s boxy old Academy ratio. Though set… Continue reading

ClEau as the ferocious Esther. Sundance/IFC
What are the kids doing? The parents (Sandler and DeWitt) have no idea.

If you didn’t get the message in last year’s Disconnect, director Jason

If you didn’t get the message in last year’s Disconnect, director Jason Reitman is here to remind you again that the Internet is A Very… Continue reading

What are the kids doing? The parents (Sandler and DeWitt) have no idea.
Cheng as the lonely, grieving mother. Strand Releasing

Marriage equality may be a new thing, but there’s always been equality

Marriage equality may be a new thing, but there’s always been equality in grief. The death of a lover is like the death of a… Continue reading

Cheng as the lonely, grieving mother. Strand Releasing
Collier (Pitt) takes a break from combat. Giles Keyte/Columbia

Seven decades after World War II, and countless movies about it, I

Seven decades after World War II, and countless movies about it, I don’t know if audiences still have a taste for straightforward combat flicks like… Continue reading

Collier (Pitt) takes a break from combat. Giles Keyte/Columbia
Abdi (Muktar) nervously handles his AK-47.

You’ve seen this story before, maybe twice: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips

You’ve seen this story before, maybe twice: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips and the Danish A Hijacking. Cutter Hodierne’s tale of Somali pirates seizing a… Continue reading

Abdi (Muktar) nervously handles his AK-47.
Why are we pursuing a 10-year-story? Webb's editor (Platt) wants to know. Chuck Zlotnick/Focus Features

At the movies at least, the stock of righteous, muckraking journalists peaked

At the movies at least, the stock of righteous, muckraking journalists peaked with All the President’s Men. Newsmen (almost always men) had a pretty good… Continue reading

Why are we pursuing a 10-year-story? Webb's editor (Platt) wants to know. Chuck Zlotnick/Focus Features
Yousef today. Music Box Films

Down in the lower paragraphs of news stories about the Middle East,

Down in the lower paragraphs of news stories about the Middle East, whenever this Hamas faction or that Hezbollah brigade takes over a town, you’ll… Continue reading

Yousef today. Music Box Films
Banderas as battered insurance agent. Yana Blajeva/Millennium Ent.

We’re in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a walled city surrounded first by slums

We’re in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a walled city surrounded first by slums (whose denizens are shot on sight) and then by radioactive desert. Beyond that,… Continue reading

Banderas as battered insurance agent. Yana Blajeva/Millennium Ent.
Photo by Brian Miller

This new sculptural installation by local artists Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora

This new sculptural installation by local artists Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora presents a tangle of old-school fluorescent bulbs—not those fancy, efficient, newfangled LEDs—suspended from… Continue reading

Photo by Brian Miller