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  • 2014 winter-spring movie preview: An overview of films opening through late April

    The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.
  • REVIEW: 'Big Bad Wolves' ★★ 1/2

    REVIEW: 'Big Bad Wolves' ★&#9733 1/2
    The new year has barely begun, but we'll be hard pressed to find a movie as disturbing, on many levels, as the darkly comic Israeli thriller "Big Bad Wolves." It's about the torture of an accused child molester-serial killer. The torturers are sure they...

    'Footnote' review: Discard your invitation to this petty party

    'Footnote' review: Discard your invitation to this petty party
    *1/2 (out of four) The Israeli drama “Footnote” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. Not only did it not deserve to win (the brilliant Iranian film “A Separation” took the prize) but it...

    'Footnote' mines scholarly intrigue ✭✭✭ 1/2

    'Footnote' mines scholarly intrigue ✭✭✭ 1/2
    A terrific deadpan chronicle of father and son Talmudic scholars beset by an escalating bureaucratic screw-up, Joseph Cedar's" Footnote" sets the tone for the battles to come in its opening sequence. The son, a well-liked backslapper by the name of Uriel...

    'Footnote' director Joseph Cedar and the new Israeli cinema

     
    The Big Picture: Is Joseph Cedar's Oscar-nominated film ‘Footnote' autobiographical? Not at all. It's a look at purism in a populist world and the role of the state in society.