Betsy Sherman

Film Review: “Adult Beginners” — Learning the Same Old Lessons

April 24, 2015
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The comedy-tinged-with-drama touches on themes tackled by a bunch of recent indie movies that center on characters in their thirties and forties who feel like imposters in the world of adults.

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Film Review: At the IFFBoston — “H.” — Where Sci-Fi and Greek Mythology Mingle

April 23, 2015
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H. relies on clever editing manipulations and pithy reaction shots rather than on flashy special effects.

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Film Review: “Welcome to Leith” and “61 Bullets”

April 22, 2015
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Two powerful documentaries that explore the dark side of America, past and present.

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Film Homage: 1932’s “A Farewell to Arms” — A Perfect Movie for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2015
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Oh, to be a lead character in a Borzage movie. You might expire during the final dissolve into “The End,” but man oh man, you will have loved. And you will have been loved.

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Film Review: “Mommy” — Motherhood at Hurricane Force

January 29, 2015
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Xavier Dolan’s up-close look at a mother-son relationship has the intensity of a John Cassavetes film — it can be gut-wrenching to watch.

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Film Review: Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” — A Film of Skill and Passion

November 14, 2014
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Rosewater is a movie for the idealists, with the implied hope that a principled and conscientious mass media can give the new breed of technologically savvy activists a louder voice.

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Book Review: The Humanist Cinema of Taiwanese Director Hou Hsiao-hsien — Nothing But the Essential

October 5, 2014
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An exciting complement to the new book is a traveling retrospective of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films, a rare opportunity to see 19 of the director’s movies shown on 35mm film: at Cambridge’s Harvard Film Archive through November 2.

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Film Review: “No No: A Dockumentary” — Could Use a Touch of Madness

September 6, 2014
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No No: A Dockumentary presents a textured portrait, on and off the field, of ’70s pitching phenomenon Dock Ellis.

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Film Review: “Abuse of Weakness” — Encounter With a Monster

August 18, 2014
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Writer-director Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness is a fascinating, nicely restrained look at what in retrospect was a parasitic relationship.

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Film Review: Scarlet Roots — Jean Renoir Inspires a Fritz Lang Film Noir

July 30, 2014
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The stupendous Fritz Lang retrospective running over the course of this summer at Harvard Film Archive will soon screen two Lang remakes (in America) of films directed by Jean Renoir.

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