Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Every introductory film class begins with one of cinema’s greatest tales: In 1896, the Lumière brothers screened a 50-second silent film called, in English, The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station. As legend has it, when the gigantic Read More …

Screenwriter Paul Laverty on “The Angels’ Share”

Over the past two decades, screenwriter Paul Laverty has penned some of the most nuanced, character-driven movies in world cinema. A prolific writer, Laverty’s films run the gamut from historical war pieces to working-class romances. His latest, The Angels’ Share, Read More …

Review — “The Master”

Paul Thomas Anderson is not known for making easy pictures. Even his most accessible film, “Boogie Nights,” finds its way into tough character dynamics, questions of conscience, and outsider morality. “The Master” runs in a similar vein. The protagonists are Read More …