A Separation

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“The Artist” leads the 2012 Spirit Awards winners

“The Descendants” and “Margin Call” also took home several awards.

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Golden Globes 2012 recap: “The Artist” and “The Descendants” rule the night

Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and Martin Scorsese also won major awards.

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Separating fact and fiction with “A Separation” director Asghar Farhadi

As I was packing up my briefcase after our interview, director Asghar Farhadi made one request through his interpreter, Sheida Dayani: quote his words precisely. He’d been misquoted before, he told me, and he didn’t want it to happen again. This struck me as an interesting request, since Farhadi’s superb film, the Spirit Award and […]

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“A Separation,” reviewed

So many movies let their characters off easy. They occupy universes of absurd moral clarity; good and bad, black and white. In contrast, nothing in the fascinating new Iranian movie “A Separation” is that simple. Every decision its characters are forced to make — and they’re forced to make a lot of them — is […]

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Comparing the year end film polls

We’ve got one week left in 2011, so we’re running out of time to make lists, tear apart other people’s lists, make lists of lists, and list the lists we are going to list later. Better make the most of it. Last night, for example, I spent a couple of hours pouring over the two […]

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The best movies of 2011

The Mayans might have predicted the world would come to an end in 2012, but it’s hard to imagine a more apocalyptic year at the movies, both on and off-screen, than 2011.  This was the year that theater attendance dipped to its lowest level since 1995 and critics played the role of coroners, declaring the […]