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Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in “Chinatown”. Photo: Paramount

Review: Polanski’s Farewell to America

Chinatown: Roman Polanski had never made a noir thriller resembling the old masterpieces from the 1940s, but his film became an engrossing tribute to the genre.

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Christopher Nolan and Kip Thorne. Photo: TIME

Happy Birthday, Christopher Nolan, 45

I see similarities with James Cameron. Both men are scientific and visual explorers, who show great interest in the art of filmmaking on a blockbuster level as well as science in other areas. 

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Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show”. Photo: Comedy Central

The Trumpified Election 

Right now, the impression is that if you ignore fact and substance, and say the most outrageously offensive things you can think of, you get closer to winning the nomination.

Paul Newman in “The Hustler”. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Review: Chained to a Table

The Hustler: Paul Newman in particular is brilliant in his role, as the effortlessly excellent pool player who’d be even better if he understood himself and his motivations. 

Ian Ziering in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”. Photo: Syfy

Quick Take: White House Down

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!: Very tongue-in-cheek throughout, but still surprisingly dull after a while.

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in “Paper Towns”. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Quick Take: The Girl Who Got Away

Paper Towns: Everyone who sees it will appreciate a winning young cast and how the filmmakers find a right way to connect with teenagers. 

“The Act of Killing”. Photo: Drafthouse Films

Review: Stage Fright

The Act of Killing: A startling, eerie, often bizarre and revolting documentary depicting a moral order turned upside down.