WHITE MATERIAL (Claire Denis, 2009)

Somewhere in Africa that was formerly, or is currently, colonized by the French, war rages. Both the government and the rebels have ordered Maria to vacate ex-husband André’s coffee plantation, which she has been running with perseverence and an iron grip. French soldiers in an overhead helicopter have beseeched her to evacuate the country immediately. […]

THE KING’S SPEECH (Tom Hooper, 2010)

Since childhood, Albert—“Bertie”—has stammered and stuttered. Engaged by his wife, Elizabeth, Australian-born therapist Lionel Logue endeavors to correct this, over time, in idiosyncratic sessions with the royal client, who is second in line of succession. In 1936, his father dies; when his brother abdicates to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson, Bertie becomes Britain’s King George VI. […]

SIDNEY LUMET

Word has arrived that director Sidney Lumet, 86, has died. A dozen reasons to honor the late Sidney Lumet: Henry Fonda and E. G. Marshall in “12 Angry Men” Joanne Woodward and Anna Magnani in “The Fugitive Kind” Dean Stockwell, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards Jr. in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” Juano Hernandez in […]

TWO IN THE WAVE (Emmanuel Laurent, 2010)

Its journalistic approach helps make Emmanuel Laurent’s documentary about the rise and demise of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard’s friendship, Deux de la Vague, dry as dust; nor is it helped by frequent inserts of young French actress Isild Le Besco reading clippings and such to underscore the momentous, somewhat academic history that the bleeding […]