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Review: Step Up Revolution

Review: Step Up Revolution

Abstractly beautiful
The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 26, 2012


Review: Farewell, My Queen

Adapted from Chantal Thomas’s novel
The gifted French director Benoît Jacquot specializes in movies about the emotions of young women.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 24, 2012

Film Review: Polisse

Review: Polisse

Maïwenn's third feature film
The third feature by French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn, about the inner-workings of Paris's Child Protection Unit (CPU), is certainly kinetic, though also mannered and hyperbolic.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 24, 2012


Review: Goodbye First Love

Self-destructive passion
The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 08, 2012

Shorttakes InDarkness

Review: In Darkness

Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated story
Polish director Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated story about a wastrel named Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who hid the Jews of Lvov from the Nazis by concealing them in the sewers, has an anguished and feral intensity.
By: PATRICK Z. McGAVIN  |  March 01, 2012

Review - Miss Bala

Review: Miss Bala

Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature
Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature, Miss Bala , brilliantly draws on the conflicted personality of a young beauty pageant contestant as a tragically stark emblem of Mexico's all-enveloping drug wars.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  January 24, 2012

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