Louis Garrel is still handsome, and still stuck in his dad’s shadow, in the frivolous A Faithful Man

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Children of celebrities often strive to dissociate themselves from Mom and/or Dad, sometimes even going so far as to take on a different name (as, say, Joe Hill did). They want to feel confident that any professional success they may achieve was fully earned rather than merely inherited. Not so with French…

Martin Scorsese digs up a lost Bob Dylan tour in the slippery Netflix concert film Rolling Thunder

B

In 1975, Bob Dylan, who’d just started touring again following an eight-year hiatus (ostensibly precipitated by his infamous motorcycle accident), decided to put together something a bit unconventional. Rather than simply play concerts, he’d headline a “revue,” accompanied by a rotating group of fellow musicians (Joan…

Shakespeare superfan Kenneth Branagh finally plays the Bard himself in the resonant All Is True

B

Kenneth Branagh has dedicated so much of his career to Shakespeare—directing and/or starring in adaptations of Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and As You Like It (and that’s just on screen)—that his decision to play the man himself feels not just right but inevitable. Of course,…

Werner Herzog lends his voice and brand, but little else, to the unilluminating Meeting Gorbachev

C

Werner Herzog has made himself such an effective brand name in documentary filmmaking that it’s become difficult not to approach some of his projects with a degree of cynicism. That’s not to suggest that he ever phones it in, exactly—Herzog is a man of almost boundless curiosity, capable of being genuinely, even…

Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern duel over their shared creation in the one-sided biopic JT Leroy

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No credits appear until the end of JT LeRoy, but it’s not hard for viewers familiar with this real-life literary saga to guess, long before official word arrives, that its screenplay was cowritten by Savannah Knoop. For one thing, Knoop, who embodied the nonexistent author LeRoy in public, is played by Kristen…

Rooney Mara is Mary Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix is Christ in a holy bore of a biblical drama

C

For a long time, the one thing that most people knew about Mary Magdalene was her status as a “fallen woman” who washed Jesus’ feet and begged forgiveness for her carnal sins. Today, it’s more widely known that Mary Magdalene wasn’t a prostitute or an adulterer—that Pope Gregory invented that backstory for her in the…

This week, and maybe any other, the terrorist-attack docudrama Hotel Mumbai is a grueling watch

C

Hotel Mumbai, a brutally realistic dramatization of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, can’t help but inspire some thorny ethical questions. It arrives in theaters exactly one week after the nightmare in Christchurch, New Zealand—apparently, distributors are now resigned to every date on the calendar being in close…

The director of the Oscar-winning Son Of Saul dives back into the disturbing past with Sunset

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Three years ago, something rather extraordinary happened: A Holocaust drama won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. That in itself is nothing unusual, of course—when in doubt, while filling out your Oscar pool, always pick the movie involving Nazis (assuming there’s only one, that is), and you’ll rarely…