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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 »

Annie feature
21st Century ‘Annie’: Director Will Gluck reimagines the comics’ irrepressible orphan for a new era

Can that ten-year-old African-American girl tearing through midtown Manhattan traffic on a Citi Bike be “Little Orphan Annie,” the pupil-less but purposeful Pollyanna in the bright red dress and matching curls from Depression-era America of the 1930s? More »

Life Partners Feature
Rom-com with a twist: Susanna Fogel’s ‘Life Partners’ offers a fresh take on friendship and love

As fresh as it is funny, Life Partners, Susanna Fogel's first feature, easily takes a prideful place alongside this year's wonderfully scripted winners—Love Is Strange, Listen Up Philip, Dear White People—proving again that the pen is mightier than the sword of mindless action/superhero franchises and drearily glossy commercial rom-coms. More »

Exodus feature
Of Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott chronicles the saga of Moses in epic ‘Exodus’

Sir Ridley Scott keeps insisting that making Exodus: Gods and Kings was "easy." More »

Wild feature
‘Wild’ life: Jean-Marc Vallée guides Reese Witherspoon on a Pacific Trail quest for redemption

A surprise bestseller when it was published in 2012, Cheryl Strayed's Wild logged the author's solo hike of the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. More »

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Feature
'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night''s Ana Lily Amirpour, Sheila Vand And Making the World's Best Iranian Vampire Western

Well, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is the world's only Iranian vampire Western, but you get where I'm going with this. More »

Imitation Game feature
The Enigma of Alan Turing: Morten Tyldum’s ‘The Imitation Game’ chronicles the life of WWII’s unsung code-breaker

One of the most important figures of the 20th century is virtually unknown to the world at large More »

Los Cabos FF
Films, finance and fiesta: Los Cabos International Film Festival offers an intimate experience

The dazzling Mexican sun beat down on me and the crystal-clear surf murmured just yards away, as I attended the third annual Los Cabos International Film Festival, Nov. 12-16. More »

Penguins of Madagascar McGrath
I Spy Penguins: ‘Madagascar’ co-director Tom McGrath moves to the spotlight as avian leader Skipper

If the world of animation has any lesson to teach us, it might be: Watch out for the little guy. More »

Babadook
Parental descent: Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Babadook’ is a spooky tale of a mother in crisis

The real boogeyman in Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent's chilling psychological horror movie, The Babadook, isn't the titular creature—a nightmarish cross between Dr. Caligari's cabinet monster and a Queensland cockroach. More »

Foxcatcher Bennett Miller
Takedown: Bennett Miller explores dark side of privilege with true story of du Pont Foxcatcher scandal

At this spring’s Cannes Film Festival, the award for Best Director went to Bennett Miller for his new film, Foxcatcher. More »

Nikki Rocco profile
Saluting Nikki Rocco: Domestic distribution president retiring after 47 years at Universal

Universal Pictures has celebrated many long-running hit movies, but one of the most impressive runs at the studio has been tallied by Nikki Rocco, the studio’s president of domestic distribution since 1996. More »

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REVIEWS

Into the Woods
Film Review: Into the Woods

Over-scaled, too dark and only intermittently charming Sondheim musical adaptation does a disservice to a great cast and is often so noisy you can't even appreciate the music. More »

The H obbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

After rewriting the rules for modern fantasy cinema, for the better and worse, Peter Jackson’s six-film Tolkien saga slams, bangs and shudders to a long-overdue conclusion. More »

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