Jonathan Kiefer

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  • The sad irony of Still Life, with the great English character actor Eddie Marsan as a quiet crusader on behalf of those who die alone, isn't the movie's title; it's the abiding indignity of its stress on dignity. It's hard to affirm...

  • Legend has it that after not cutting it as a probation officer, Shep Gordon dropped some acid and stumbled into Hollywood, whereupon Janis Joplin punched him in the face and Jimi Hendrix said to him, "Are you Jewish? You should be a manager," and...

  • A pluralistic personal account of menopause seems like a fine idea for a movie, but was Henry Jaglom the right person to make it? In The M Word, Jaglom smartly sees a parallel between midlife hormone upheaval and sudden workplace...

  • As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris's 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara proved so resonant is that its subject was partly a proxy for his most notorious professional...

  • The great insight in director Roger Michell's fourth collaboration with writer Hanif Kureishi is its vision of Paris as an arena equally amenable to romantic comedy and sulking tragedy. Thus the City of Lights becomes a proving ground in Le...

  • Solemnity and restrained naturalism seem like indie-movie affectations now, so the challenge for writer-director Daniel Patrick Carbone's feature debut is to transcend a certain festival-ready familiarity and simply seem true to itself. Obviously...

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