Dennis Harvey

Stony lonesome

'I Wake Up Dreaming' unspools rare, hard-boiled tales

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FILM Prison should be the most natural setting for film noir, as that's where most of the genre's protagonists are headed (if they don't get bumped off first), and where many of them have already been. But it's had spotty representation onscreen, with time served either skipped over in the narrative (how many pulp fictions start with a hard-luck protagonist just getting out of long-term for what's sure to be short-term freedom?), or dominating entirely.Read more »

Skin deep

Costume drama Belle takes on race and class in 18th century England

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Manscape

The male protagonists of 'Fading Gigolo' and 'Locke' do what they gotta do

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Devil's advocate

Sokurov's 2011 'Faust' finally makes its local debut

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Freedom of expression

A PFA series pays tribute to Czech New Wave filmmaker Jan Nemec

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Lost in space

A new doc reveals 'the greatest film never made' -- Jodorowsky's 'Dune'

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FILM It's so seldom a film of major scale and budget is made without at least some standard commercial aspirations — however misguided — that the rare exceptions seem as curious, improbable, and wonderful as unicorns. (And about as useless, any bottom-line-oriented producer might say.) We're not talking Heaven's Gate (1980), Ishtar (1987), or Battlefield EarthRead more »

Smotherly love

The twisted family dynamics of Romanian film 'Child's Pose' -- complete with its very own, original, terrifying monster

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Sturm und drang

German mini-series 'Generation War' offers a sudsy look back at WWII

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Constructing change

Despite bureaucratic frustrations, an innovative high-school program elevates lives in 'If You Build It'

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FILM Two of the most deep-rooted national-character-defining American tropes are a) that we are a profoundly self-reliant people, and b) the Horatio Alger myth that anyone can go from "rags to riches" if they have a good heart and a tireless work ethic.Read more »

England made him

A Michael York tribute highlights this year's Mostly British Film Festival

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