Friday, February 3, 2012


A round-up of the non-Criterion movies I saw in January, 2012.


Chroniclea "found footage" superhero movie that could have just as easily stayed lost.

Le HavreAki Kauirsmäki's newest has a familiar quirkiness, and not necessarily in a nourishing way. 

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of my Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, a documentary as unwieldy as its title. Colby remains as much a mystery in the end as he was at the start.

A SeparationAsghar Farhadi's remarkable Iranian family drama.

The Woman in BlackDaniel Radcliffe's turn as the victim of an old-fashioned ghost story in this Hammer horror production.


A Beautiful Life, Andrew Lau's melodramatic romance picture starring Shu Qi as a woman learning to love.

The Big Country, a uniquely masculine western with Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston.

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Seasonan awesome Blu-Ray packaging of the Scorsese-helmed Prohibition-based television show.

The English Patienta sweeping epic spanning two timelines, though the one with Juliette Binoche is better than the more famous romantic storyline.

Film SocialismeGodard's most recent intellectual puzzler.

Love Story: If love is never having to say you're sorry, but I hated this movie, doesn't someone still owe me an apology?

Outrage: Way of the YakuzaTakeshi Kitano enacting a bloody chess game with all the boredom of real chess.

The PianoJane Campion's literary romance, starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, and a young Anna Paquin. (Get prepared to feel a little creepy, True Blood fans!)

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