DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995)

This week we're revisiting Carl Franklin's sorely under-appreciated neo-noir, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.

SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

This week we're getting Ghibli with it, as we sit down for The Unenthusiastic Critic's first viewing of Hayao Miyazaki's weird and wonderful animated classic.

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FILM REVIEWS

A CURE FOR WELLNESS (2017)

Gore Verbinski's stylish horror film manages to entertain the eye and taunt the brain, but it never really engages the heart or soul.

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016)

James Baldwin's is the voice we need right now, and director Raoul Peck knows it, bringing a comparable clarity and poetry to one of the most powerful and provocative films of the year.

TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935)
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WORLD CINEMA

TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935)

In the latest installment of my Independent Study in World Cinema, I take an unfortunately timely look at how Leni Riefenstahl helped "make Germany great again" with her propagandist "documentary" about the Nazi party.

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L'ATALANTE (1934)

Lyrical, sensual, and wise, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante is a film about the stink of love, the squalor of love, the anger and boredom and perverse complexity of love.

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HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures is not a groundbreaking film, but an old-fashioned, very entertaining film about some groundbreaking people.

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RESOLUTIONARY ROAD

Here at The Unaffiliated Critic, we appreciate the illusory, arbitrary promise of a fresh start as much as anyone. So here are my New Year's Resolutions for 2017.

TV LISTS AND ROUNDUPS

MY FAVORITE TV SHOWS OF 2016

There are many ways in which 2016 was a terrible, no-good, very bad year. But television provided a ridiculous embarrassment of riches.

GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 6×08: "NO ONE"

"No One" ever thinks they're the bad guy, but there comes a time when everyone has to ask themselves the question.

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GAME OF THRONES 6×03: "OATHBREAKER"

In "Oathbreaker," we are reminded that the game of thrones is largely a game of words. Control the stories, and you can control the world.

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GAME OF THRONES 6×02: "HOME"

In "Home," everyone grapples with how the mistakes of the past have led to the horrors of the present.

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M (1931)

Fritz Lang teaches us all how to catch a killer, and teaches a generation of filmmakers how to use sound effectively.

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WOMEN WITH MOVIE CAMERAS

As I plan out my Independent Study in World Cinema, I could use some help in making sure I don't overlook great female directors.