‘What Our Fathers Did’: An uncomfortably topical documentary about the legacy of Nazism

A dual character study of the sons of two high-ranking Nazi officials, What Our Fathers Did is a fascinating but disquieting coda to the history of 70-odd years ago. But maybe 'coda' is the wrong word, because in 2017 the movie feels weirdly topical. Read more [...]

Worst of 2013: What did literature ever do to deserve movies like ‘Austenland’ and ‘Salinger’?

A super-size version of Salinger plays on PBS next week, but spare yourself: Both Austenland and Salinger are so awful that they suggest American filmmakers are ill-suited to making movies about literary culture. Read more [...]

Cinematic duds and disappointments of 2013, or the Netflix queue from hell

Or, when bad films happen to good actors. In a year that offered so many rewarding movies, no one should squander precious time on these: Read more [...]

This week in NYC: David Bowie’s film career looks good in retrospect

This week in New York, The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts a retrospective of David Bowie's film and video work — a collection of almost nothing but cult movies and intriguing rarities. A couple of the more obscure entries in Bowie's acting resume are what make this series stand out. Read more [...]

Javier Bardem’s hair

Can you tell how good a movie is going to be by the state of Javier Bardem's hair? A few publicity stills for the upcoming Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy thriller The Counselor suggest there's reason to be excited. Read more [...]