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A work of acute psychological journalism, Dan Krauss's The Kill Team outlines an event that caused a dishearteningly brief furor in the domestic media: the supposedly isolated story of a rogue platoon of American infantrymen who repeatedly killed Afghan...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Calling the Black Angels a "'60s throwback" barely begins to describe the band's indebtedness to all those groovy records that baby boomers wore out sometime during the Nixon administration. It's like saying Chris Martin might have listened to one or...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Forty-four features over 48 years. That's a lot of cinema to emerge from the mind of one man, however tireless and prolific. Woody Allen's approach to filmmaking shares more in common with the routine, unfussy diligence of the classical studio era than...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Five years removed from La Roux's self-titled debut, time has revealed the album to be a fairly middling affair. Despite the massive summer thunderclap that was "Bulletproof," there were few memorable takeaways from a work that, as Slant's own Paul Schrodt...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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There's a scene near the conclusion of Woody Allen's latest trifle, Magic in the Moonlight, that recalls the filmmaker's finest work in its fusion of earnest philosophical inquiry and black, self-effacing comedy. Following the involvement of his beloved...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Jenny Lewis has made a career out of cultivating a certain measure of lyrical honesty, via diaristic songs that pitch personal trauma into the realm of sunshine pop, her sunny voice further sweetening the mix. In most cases this spinning of private pain...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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A thin remake of As Good As It Gets, And So It Goes pairs Diane Keaton with Michael Douglas to simulate the sort of second-chance AARP romance that's intended to stimulate grizzled audiences who see one movie in theaters every three or four years. Among...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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1. "James Garner Dead at 86." Gene Seymour remember the film and television legend. "He was the logical synthesis of John Wayne and Jack Benny. Interlace the Duke's measured drawl and virile swagger with Benny's comic timing and shrewd use of wordless...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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There's something poignantly quaint about Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, an adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play that harks back to the kind of highly theatrical, bluntly and densely symbolic chamber dramas that were chic in Ingmar Bergman's heyday....
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Insomnia's opening credits sequence is so curiously separate from the remainder of the film that one can't help imagine director Erik Skjoldbjærg conceived it ex post facto, as a means to replicate the similarly lurid credits sequence of David Fincher's...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Though it maintained the scrupulous formalism of his stylish, thoughtful Ian Curtis biopic, Control, Anton Corbijn's The American, was nonetheless a bit of a disappointment, a chic spy thriller that otherwise felt fossilized. That film's portrait of...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Throughout A Letter to Momo, director Hiroyuki Okiura offers a realistic portrayal of his main character's emotional state, though this comes at the expense of a deeper exploration into both the story's lush supernatural landscape and its inhabitants....
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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If you, like me, were cautiously optimistic that "B.J. and the A.C." would replicate the focused structure and rich characterization of last week's "Two Boats and a Helicopter," a celebration of sorts is in order. "B.J.," eccentric and tersely expressive,...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Manuel Martín Cuenca's Cannibal begins promisingly as a polished genre exercise, with an opening long shot of a couple waiting to drive away from a gas station strikingly revealed to be from the point of view of a serial killer. As the camera shifts...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Sunday, July 20, 2014
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An early scene in Very Good Girls surveys the bedroom of Lilly (Dakota Fanning), a well-to-do New York City teen determined to find summer love before going off to college in the fall. On the wall is a poster for Jules and Jim, a decision by director...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Cherry Jones loves company, so it's fitting that she plays the proprietor of a bed and breakfast in When We Were Young and Unafraid. You won't find the actress demanding her own dressing room, starring in a one-woman show, or refusing to talk to someone...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Art-making is too often discussed in terms that implicitly liken it to magic, thusly neglecting the truth that it involves work that resembles the day-by-day toils of many other ostensibly plainer occupations. With Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor,...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Saturday, July 19, 2014
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