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Inside the Nazis’ Model Concentration Camp


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Theresienstadt was a most peculiar institution. It was created by the Nazis as a “model” camp—“Hitler’s gift to the Jews,” as the saying went—designed to placate the Red Cross and other international inspectors when they came calling.

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The One Movie From 2013 You Have to See


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In short, the movie year ends, as they almost always do, in disappointment that verges on dismay. But there is hope.

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Much Ado About Lance’s Lie


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Alex Gibney’s excellent documentary probes the moral outrage over cheating in a minor sport.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

Sex Isn’t Everything


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The sex in “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is about as good as it is ever going to get in what I guess is more or less a mainstream movie, but…

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE

The Performance of Robert Redford’s Career


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The 77-year-old actor is at his smart, ironic best in “All Is Lost.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE

Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus Charm in ‘Enough Said’


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The early reviews prepared me to be charmed by “Enough Said,” which naturally made me uncomfortable.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE

Don’t Make a Phony Out of J.D. Salinger


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A new documentary wants to find some hidden wound that “explains” the novelist’s reclusivity, but I don’t think there is one.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

Get ‘Herblock’ Before It’s Gone


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We quickly learn in “Herblock: The Black & the White” that the legendary political cartoonist of The Washington Post never married, never learned to drive a car and generally ate both lunch and dinner in the Post’s cafeteria.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

‘The Artist and the Model’: Less Is More


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It’s perhaps easy to make too much of a film like “The Artist and the Model.” But it’s also easy to make too little of it—and I’d rather run the prior risk.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE

Woody Allen’s Latest Shows He’s Still Got It


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Imagine—77 years old and still making movies as good as “Blue Jasmine,” when most directors his age are out of work or collecting dubious awards.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE

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