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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
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  • Jules and Jim
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  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground on the Wrong Side of History.
    Todd Haynes, an Ivy League Spike Lee, idolizes middle-class wannabe rebels of the 1960s.

    The documentary The Velvet Underground was made under Todd Haynes’s presumption that the counterculture still matters. Haynes, who directed the gender-studies films Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There, and Carol, looks back at the Sixties art-rock cult band to sanctify the history of transgressive ingenuity — suggesting that VU’s musical glamorization of drugs, homosexuality, and the…

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    Bergman Island — Escapism for Yuppies.
    Culture-vulture lives matter in Hansen-Love’s banal flick.

    Mia Hansen-Love’s new yuppie romance Bergman Island breaks one of my few moviemaking rules: Never use a clip from a movie you cannot match or surpass. In Bergman Island, Hansen-Love includes a scene from Ingmar Bergman’s 1972 Cries and Whispers — a close-up where Ingrid Thulin howls in torment then is briefly comforted by Liv Ullmann’s caress, a sympathetic duet played out to the palpable strum of…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder’s Restored Grand Vision.
    He’s remaking our moral need into more than comic-book stuff.

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League (that’s the complete title) differs significantly from the 2017 film Justice League, a project Snyder began that was mutilated when Warner Brothers assigned Joss Whedon to rework it. Through the confluence of venal corporate interference, a rare instance of public outcry about the movie business (the online demand #ReleaseTheSnyderCut), and the opportunity to jump-start the new streaming service HBO Max, Snyder…