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The Aura

The Aura

Subtle but consistently compelling thriller about a glum, epileptic taxidermist (Ricardo Darín) who, during a freak accident while hunting that brings to mind Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger, forges a new identity for himself: that of an assistant to a hunting lodge owner who, it turns out, is also something of a professional thief. The plot - in which the taxidermist… read more!

Auto Focus

Auto Focus

Curiously flat biopic about Bob Crane, the disc jockey-turned actor who is best remembered for three things: starring in the hit TV series Hogan's Heroes, videotaping himself having sex with scores of women, and being murdered in 1979, days before his fiftieth birthday. Auto Focus mostly examines the underreported relationship Crane had with John Carpenter (not the film director), who… read more!

Avatar

Avatar

Apparently, just three weeks after its release, I was already among the last people on Earth to see Avatar, James Cameron's long-awaited special effects epic. I was lucky to be invited to a free screening in Hollywood after which Cameron himself spoke about the movie. That's one of the perks of living in Los Angeles. Anyway, now that I've rubbed… read more!

The Avengers

The Avengers

I've been unusually busy with work lately, so I'm already one of the last people on Earth to see The Avengers - and it's only been out for three weeks. Owing to the movie's incredible popularity, there's not much useful I can add to the conversation, though I will share my opinions. During its opening minutes, watching the film feels… read more!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

This entertaining if disposable follow-up to the 2012 blockbuster is a triumph of, well, let's call it "story engineering". Writer/director Whedon deserves kudos for deftly handling an intimidating task: further developing six complicated superheroes while adding at least four major new characters, bringing in several supporting players from previous Marvel outings, delivering eye-popping set pieces, and shoehorning the narrative (reportedly against his wishes) into Marvel's ambitious five-year plan, in which a larger story… read more!

Avenue Montaigne

Avenue Montaigne

Light-hearted concoction from France is nevertheless smart and uncondescending. A perky young lady named Jessica (an actress with the unbelievable moniker Cecile De France) takes a job as a waitress at a bustling cafe in Paris that just happens to be across the street from an enormous performing arts complex. Thus she winds up insinuating herself into the lives of… read more!