Mark Holcomb

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  • Fluid, open-ended documentaries that demand more of an audience than foregone assent or fleeting bouts of passive outrage are rare these days, which is what makes Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man such a gift. In telling the tale...

  • What's missing from first-time director Lorene Scafaria's Steve Carell–vehicle misfire is the one element any apocalypse narrative suffocates without—urgency. Scafaria, screenwriter of the chipper, inexplicably lauded Nick and...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    What's missing from first-time director Lorene Scafaria's Steve Carell–vehicle misfire is the one element any apocalypse narrative suffocates without — urgency. Scafaria, screenwriter of the chipper, inexplicably lauded Nick and Norah'...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    This riff on Margaret Atwood's 2008 book-length essay, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, avoids the traps of recent social-problem documentaries. But if there's value in Payback's all-encompassing point of view, it's a weakness as well....

  • With its novel approach and wider-than-usual scope, this riff on Margaret Atwood's 2008 book-length essay, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, avoids the traps (chief among them a rote, bullet-point structure) of recent...

  • Spanish horror movies have carved out a distinctive niche over the past few years with a surprisingly effective alchemy of fairy-tale-influenced chills and Hitchcockian psycho-sexual suspense. This 2011 entry, a U.K. co-production, continues the...

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