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Festival

Berlinale 2018. Transmission from Planet Weimar: Pull Up a Chair

Finding sedentary pleasures in two ethnographic documentaries in the Weimar-themed retrospective at the Berlin Film Festival.
Column

Roberto Doveris Introduces His Film "Plants"

"This is a field which I was very interested in, portraying how teenagers explore sex from its boundaries, slowly, amorally, dangerously."
Festival

Berlinale 2018. How to Read Tennis and Old Books

Festival highlights include a documentary on tennis's beauty and John McEnroe's star persona, and Ted Fendt's scholarly "Classical Period".
Column

"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 6 Recap: We’re Already Dead, Just Not Yet In The Ground

At what point does the fight for truth become an idle struggle?
Feature

Close-Up on "Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno"

Bromberg and Medrea's documentary on Clouzot's unfinished, penultimate film depicts a film that can only exist in the viewer's imagination.
Festival

Berlinale 2018. Dying Worlds and Kyrgyz Heroines

A report from the festival on Kazuhiro Soda’s "Inland Sea" and two strong debuts, "The Heiresses" and Aminatou Echard's "Jamila".
Festival

Berlinale 2018. Wes Anderson Animates Man's Best Friend

Wes Anderson pays tribute to man's best friend in a fantastical, funny and moving stop-motion animated adventure.
Festival

Berlinale 2018. Presidential Secrets and Lessons in Screenwriting

The Berlin Film Festival starts strong with Ruth Beckermann's incisive "The Waldheim Waltz" and Hong Sang-soo's spectral "Grass".
Column

Movie Poster of the Week: Sir Alan Bates in Posters

Two decades of posters from the career of the “affable Angry Young Man.”
Review

Review: Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Loveless": The Loneliness of a Treadmill Runner

Andrei Zvyagintsev's Cannes-awarded, Oscar-nominated drama offers little more than moral judgements and auteurist ambition.
Review

Review: Something New From Something Old—Valeska Grisebach's "Western"

"Western" is a mutated genre film—re-set with modern Bulgaria as a new kind of frontier—and one of the finest in recent years.
Column

The Forgotten: James Whale's Zip-up Straitjacket

A legal secretary falls for a student doctor in James Whale's little-known follow-up to "Frankenstein".