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  • The Prodigy

    The Prodigy


    Like Nicholas McCarthy's other features (THE PACT and AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR), this isn't *good*, exactly, but it has a strong made-by-a-crazy-person appeal, holding your interest with dialogue and narrative beats that seem like they came from another planet. (Among other things, THE PRODIGY has some of the weirdest "as you know, Bob" dialogue I've ever heard, with every scene playing like the characters are meeting each other for the first time.) It's not a so-bad-it's-good phenomenon, but something else…

  • Cold War

    Cold War


    Was frustrated for most of its running time with what seemed to me to be a precious snowglobe of a movie, far removed from bracing splashes of cold water like LAST RESORT and MY SUMMER OF LOVE. (I wasn't a big fan of IDA, either, which again seemed like impeccable black-and-white period detail in search of anything of real interest.) But Pawlikowski pulled a fast one on me, as COLD WAR heads in a direction I didn't expect and retroactively…

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  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


    Want to stab everybody.

  • Carol



    Not a doomed love story so much as a fragile one, forever susceptible to circumstance and others' cruelty and caprice -- and it's always so, isn't it, then as now, with anything we might long for that doesn't fit into prescribed, regimented boxes. Haynes captures the rhythms of new friendship and courtship, wise to the ways they can blend into one another, the ways small gestures become charged with meaning and desire. The lush, grainy cinematography and Carter Burwell's amazing…