Latest Review

  • ‘The Imitation Game’: Decoding a complex man

    November 25, 2014

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        To my mind, “The Imitation Game” is the best film of the year: a gripping tale of wartime espionage and code-breaking that also manages to be the character study of an important figure whose contributions have been ignominiously ignored. Morten Tyldum’s film tells the story of Alan Turing, played with vulnerable sangfroid by Benedict Cumberbatch. A genius [...] More »

Latest Interview

  • A chat with Tony Gilroy: ‘We don’t get many smart big movies’

    October 30, 2014

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      Tony Gilroy made an appearance this week at The Picture House Film Club in Pelham, NY, where we screened “Nightcrawler,” which he produced for his brother Dan Gilroy, who wrote and directed. (Dan’s twin, John, was the editor.) Gilroy, one of the best screenwriters and directors working (“The Devil’s Advocate,” “Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”), ended up as the [...] More »

Commentary

  • The screen image deteriorates

    November 17, 2014

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    As I sat in an early screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” last week, I realized that I was experiencing a first in my career — which, at my age, is a rare thing. It was the first time I had watched a major film at a screening for critics in a multiplex in which [...] More »