Amy Taubin

“China: Through the Looking Glass”

May 2015

Curated by Andrew Bolton Among the most subtly erotic images in all cinema is the slow-motion shot of Maggie Cheung wearing an iridescent cheongsam that shimmers red to green as she ascends the stairs in Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack

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May 2015

THE WOLFPACK, which won the grand prize for documentary at Sundance 2015, is a celebration of movies and the cinephiles who live through and by them as if their obsession weren’t going out of style. A male coming-of-age narrative, it delivers… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2015 [TOC]

Missing Link

Amy Taubin on About Elly

April 2015

WITH THEIR WIVES and young children in tow, three old friends drive from Tehran to a weekend rental on the Caspian Sea. Almost from the vacation’s first moment, things go wrong, and tiny lies snowball into matters of life and death. Asghar… READ ON

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Mouths Wide Shut

Amy Taubin on James Fotopoulos at Microscope Gallery

March 2015

BEWARE OF MOVIES in which actresses spend most of their time in eyelet-trimmed white cotton nightdresses, as does Sophie Traub in James Fotopoulos’s The Given (2015). According to the filmmaker, The Given is about “acting, performance, … READ ON

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Kornél Mundruczó’s White God

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March 2015

ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT be the person I am today had I not seen Bambi as a child, I do not recommend taking kids to White God, which is similarly tender, harrowing, heartbreaking—and violent. And although the central characters of Kornél … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2015 [TOC]

Head of the Class

Amy Taubin on Julie Lopes-Curval’s High Society in Film Comment Selects

February 2015

ALICE (ANA GIRARDOT), a pretty twenty-year-old who is in her first year at the Paris fashion trades institute L’École Duperré, and Antoine (Bastien Bouillon), an attractive business major who is about to drop out of grad school to become… READ ON

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Troublé and Then Some

Amy Taubin on Agnčs Troublé’s My Name Is Hmmm… at MoMA

January 2015

DELICATE, TOUGH, and heartbreakingly sad, My Name Is Hmmm… (2013) is the first feature by Agnès Troublé, better known as the fashion designer agnès b. You’ve probably seen—maybe even worn—her “j’aime le cinéma” T-shirt. You… READ ON

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Imitation of Life

Amy Taubin on The Imitation Game

January 2015

BEFORE I SAW THE IMITATION GAME all I knew about Alan Turing was that President Obama, making a speech in England in 2012, named him as one of the three greatest British scientists, the others being Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, and … READ ON

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Amy Taubin

FILM: BEST OF 2014

December 2014

1 GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard) The 3-D of past, present, and future; more intimate than spectacular, although the eyes boggle as well as the mind. As revolutionary as Breathless was fifty-four years ago.  2 BOYHOOD (Richard … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]

Love on Top

Amy Taubin on Beyond the Lights

November 2014

NO, GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD’S Beyond the Lights is not as great as her debut feature Love & Basketball (2000), which is at the top of my list of exhilarating, contemporary American coming-of-age romances. I know that Time magazine believes … READ ON

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