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December 12, 2014

by Carson Lund Film

Maidan | Sergei Loznitsa

December 12, 2014
maidan

It would be a mistake to overstate the similarities between the events presented in Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan — a series of non-violent protests gone awry in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2013 — and the ugliness this year in Ferguson, Mo., but you would have to be blind not to be struck by them. Both situations were large-scale civilian revolts in metropolitan areas that ballooned into deadly confrontations with heavily militarized police forces, hurled tear-gas canisters and unreasonably threatening…

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by Matt Lynch Film

Exodus: Gods and Kings | Ridley Scott

December 12, 2014
DF-00727R - Seti (John Turturro, background) presents the future leaders of Egypt: Ramses (Joel Edgerton, left) and Moses (Christian Bale).

The recent controversy over the casting of predominantly white actors in Middle Eastern roles in Exodus: Gods and Kings is, it turns out, the least of the film’s problems. Not even Ridley Scott’s prodigious skills as a visual stylist are enough to prevent Exodus: Gods and Kings from being a rather turgid, timidly modern take on the famous Biblical tale of Moses helping slaves escape Egypt from the clutches of his pharaoh brother Ramses. For those who don’t know the story…

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by Calum Reed Film

The Captive | Atom Egoyan

December 12, 2014
captive

No stranger to treating lurid and uninviting subjects in a chilly fashion, Atom Egoyan’s glacial style of filmmaking has always been both a blessing and a curse. While his distant rendering of melancholy in The Sweet Hereafter— regarded by many as his masterpiece — allowed for a quietly devastating examination of mourning, his arctic methods can tend to distract from the psychological value of his films, as was the case in Where the Truth Lies. Egoyan’s reputation has waned in the past decade…

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