Monday, October 21

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“Beyond the Hills” plays with genres

Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or-winning second feature, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” an intimate drama of two friends forced to seek extralegal abortion under Communist rule, played better as a thriller than a message movie. The same curious quality informs Mungiu’s follow-up, “Beyond the Hills,” a gripping depiction of a remote Romanian monastery that similarly falls short of making a statement. Read more...

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Album Review: ‘Cerulean Salt’ by Waxahatchee

Punk rock is dead, punk rock is dying, punk rock died surviving. In a year when the genre threatens to crash at full throttle back into the mainstream (or at least pseudo-mainstream), from the anguished roar of Pissed Jeans to the wheezing desperation of Iceage, the quieter anguish of Waxahatchee’s “Cerulean Salt” could easily be overlooked as a folksy interlude. Read more...

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Minkyu Lee’s 2-D “Adam and Dog” is a retelling of Adam and Eve through the perspective of man’s best friend.

Oscar Short Film nominations feature strong contenders

The Oscar prediction game usually comes down to the Short films – many a perfect score has been ruined by guessing winners via the less-than-foolproof method of whoever’s name sounds most award-worthy. Read more...

Photo: Minkyu Lee’s 2-D “Adam and Dog” is a retelling of Adam and Eve through the perspective of man’s best friend.

Minkyu Lee’s 2-D “Adam and Dog” is a retelling of Adam and Eve through the perspective of man’s best friend.

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Movie Review: “Tabu”

By most technical standards, Miguel Gomes’ “Tabu” is a film out of time. It’s shot in gauzy black and white, it’s framed in boxy Academy ratio, and the latter half of the film, titled “Paradise” and without dialogue, is devoted to a love story set in Portuguese-colonized Africa. Read more...

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