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What We Do in the Shadows feature
Reality Bites: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's mock-doc 'What We Do in the Shadows' makes light of vampire roommates

In one of What We Do in the Shadows’ most memorable scenes, a trio of vampires sharing an apartment in Wellington, New Zealand is introduced to the marvels of modern (read: anything post-World War II) technology. More »

Timbuktu feature
Defying jihad: Abderrahmane Sissako’s acclaimed ‘Timbuktu’ dramatizes a city under siege

In Bamako (2007), Abderrahmane Sissako put the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on trial in Mali. In his latest narrative feature, Timbuktu, his “defendants” are the jihadists who occupied that Malian city two years ago. More »

Still Alice feature
Through the Looking Glass: Westmoreland and Glatzer’s ‘Still Alice’ stars Julianne Moore as a professor facing early Alzheimer’s

If one were to flash-forward a few weeks, it would not be difficult to imagine a couple of Academy Awards going to the Most Minimal Emoting in Starring Categories. More »

Black Sea feature
Unfathomable: Kevin Macdonald directs Jude Law in ‘Black Sea’ thriller about rogue submariners on a treasure hunt

A Russian submarine disaster was the start of Black Sea, an underwater adventure starring Jude Law that Focus Features is releasing on Jan. 23. More »

Predestination feature
Doing the Time Travel Twist: The Spierig brothers go back (and forward) in time with ‘Predestination’

 “I love time travel movies,” says writer/director Michael Spierig. “Particularly since we’re in 2015, and this is the year of Back to the Future 2, when Marty McFly goes into the future. I’m still waiting for my hoverboard!” More »

New York Film Critics
Exclusive Circle: New York Film Critics honor 'Boyhood,' Cotillard and Spall

“I think that Manohla Dargis said it most aptly,” Ethan Hawke told the august New York Film Critics Circle More »

The Humbling feature
Last act: Al Pacino reunites with Barry Levinson for Philip Roth tale of an actor’s existential ‘Humbling’

Al Pacino, the heavy-duty Actors Studio alum, appears to be moving through what seems to be a comedy in his new film, The Humbling. More »

Drafthouse Feature
Drafthouse rules: Texas-based distributor is adaptable and provocative

With its young Drafthouse Films, Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is giving movie fans whose tastes range from thrilling to arty another reason to “Remember the Alamo.” More »

Leviathan feature
In the belly of the beast: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s acclaimed ‘Leviathan’ depicts one man’s fight against corruption in modern Russia

Andrey Zvyaginstev’s Leviathan begins with a series of long shots, landscapes and seascapes of the forbidding Barents Sea coast of Russia. More »

A Most Violent Year feature
Crime scene: J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ focuses on a New York immigrant’s struggle to run an honest business

Director J.C. Chandor describes the preparation for A Most Violent Year, an A24 release opening on Dec. 31, as a series of happy coincidences. More »

Selma feature
Return to Selma: Ava DuVernay makes history with drama of Martin Luther King's civil-rights march

One thing director Ava DuVernay wants to make clear about Selma: It will not be "medicine-y." More »

Song of the Sea feature
Singing the 'Song of the Sea': Talking the future of animation with Tomm Moore

Tomm Moore had big shoes to fill for his second feature, Song of the Sea. Or maybe I should say big flippers. More »

Goodbye to All That Feature
Saying 'Goodbye': Angus MacLachlan brings acting and writing skills to the director's chair

In Goodbye to All That, Paul Schneider (“Parks and Recreation”) plays Otto Wall, a husband and father for whom obliviousness may well be an Olympic sport. More »

Mr. Turner feature
Turner tableau: Mike Leigh unveils portrait of celebrated British ‘painter of light’

As his rep and roles have grown in size, Timothy Spall has started to loom a lot like this millennium’s Charles Laughton. More »

CineAsia tribute
Pacific groundbreaker: Cinema 21 Group conquers Indonesia

Indonesian exhibition and distribution giant Cinema 21 Group has been selected as CineAsia’s “Distributor of the Year 2014.” More »

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REVIEWS

Project Almanac
Film Review: Project Almanac

Saying this underbaked Chronicle knockoff is meant for teenagers is an insult to the intelligence of teenagers everywhere. More »

The Wedding Ringer
Film Review: The Wedding Ringer

Intermittently amusing bro-comedy trifle that confirms Kevin Hart's talent, though not his taste in material. More »

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