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Jessica Kiang’s Top 20 Films Of 2016

I don’t think I’m the only person to have wondered about the usefulness of watching, discussing and writing about film — or any art — when it feels like outside the theater, the sky is falling. Great chunks of catastrophe are raining down from the heavens and I’m pondering crucial issues like the mythology of […]

The 25 Best 2016 Films You Might Not Have Seen

There’s too much TV, too many films, and there have been a few other things going on in 2016. So for sure, there are very few of us, even among the fraternity of full-time film commentators, who can say they’ve seen everything. Thus, here’s our annual roundup of the films we feel most likely either fell […]

The Best Cinematography Of 2016

As we slowly and eagerly await the end of a year that history will squint back on forever, we can take some solace in knowing that it hasn’t been completely devoid of good things. And if you’ve been following our marathon year-end coverage from the beginning of December, which course you have been, you know […]

The 25 Best Action Sequences Of 2016

A few weeks into our annual year-end binge of the Best and Worst of the movies in 2016, and we’ve looked at the finest trailers and posters, the best movies and TV shows, the breakthrough directors and actors, the best scores and soundtracks, the worst films, and the most anticipated films and television series. There’s plenty more to come, but with the weekend here, […]

The 20 Best Resistance Movies

Robert Zemeckis’ new movie “Allied,” starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, hits theaters this Friday (read our review). And like many other joyful things in life of late — like the Cowardly Lion from ‘The Wizard Of Oz,” teeny-tiny infant hands, the color orange— its story of two resistance spies who fall in love while […]

Kim Jee-woon’s Exhilarating, Epic Action Spy Thriller ‘The Age Of Shadows’...

Two surprising things might strike you during the first half-hour or so of Kim Jee-woon‘s epic, exciting, extraordinary period spy thriller “The Age of Shadows” (which has recently been selected as Korea’s entry for the Oscars). Firstly, you may very well be a bit confused, at sea amid the plethora of characters you meet in […]

The Best And Worst of the 2016 Venice Film Festival

We try not to be partisan, but every year when the end of summer rolls around, it’s hard to ignore the slightly unseemly bunfight that breaks out between the various fall festivals trying to snag high-profile premieres. Venice, of course, has the advantage of coming first (indeed, the way it wraps around Telluride and overlaps […]

The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2016 Venice Film Festival

Next week, the first of the big fall film festivals kicks off, in which hordes of international journalists will surely threaten to sink the 11km-long sandbar island that is the Lido di Venezia. The Venice Film Festival is always bracketed with the boutique-y Telluride Film Festival and the behemoth Toronto International Film Festival, and there […]

TIFF 2016 First Looks: ‘The Secret Scripture’ With Rooney Mara, ‘Planetarium’...

The organizers of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial slate of Gala and Special Presentation films coming to Toronto this fall, and the slate spans blockbusters to auteur cinema. READ MORE: 50 Films We Hope To See At The 2016 Fall Film Festivals  The most exciting thing about any festival is discovering something […]

First Trailer For ‘I Saw The Devil’ Director Kim Jee-woon’s ‘The...

South Korean director Kim Jee-woon has produced a trifecta of back-to-back successes with “A Bittersweet Life,” “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” and the deliciously dark “I Saw The Devil,” probably his finest accomplishment. Then something happened —he went Hollywood. The filmmaker tried to cross over with “The Last Stand” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which didn’t quite […]

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