THE IRON LADY (Phyllida Lloyd, 2011)

Ineptly written by Abi Morgan and haphazardly directed by Phyllida Lloyd, The Iron Lady, purportedly having something to do with Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister (1979-90), is one big—and drearily long—head-scratcher. While it alludes to actual social, political and geopolitical events in which Thatcher participated, it has no sense of period […]

A SEPARATION (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

Only an imbecile or a mental case would mistake writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s long, involved, moderately involving Jodaeiye Nader az Simin for one of the glories of Iranian cinema, of which there are thrillingly and movingly many; but at least now, at last, an Iranian film has won the foreign-language film Oscar. Indeed, this highly intelligent […]