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Alison Willmore

“Cold Weather,” Reviewed: The Case of the Disappearing Ex (photo)

“Cold Weather,” Reviewed: The Case of the Disappearing Ex

This review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. There’s a scene, maybe a third of the way through “Cold Weather,” in which the drifting main character Doug (Cris Lankenau) meets up with his ex-girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) when she arrives in town for a business trip. Coming in […]

Our Desert Island Movies (photo)

Our Desert Island Movies

This week on the IFC News podcast — we’re, sadly, closing up shop, at least for now and at least in this incarnation. It’s been a wonderful 215 episodes, and we’re very grateful to all of our listeners and to everyone who’s written in to agree with us, disagree with us, take us to task […]

“Into Eternity,” Reviewed: Gazing Into the Future of Nuclear Waste (photo)

“Into Eternity,” Reviewed: Gazing Into the Future of Nuclear Waste

In a remote area in western Finland, a tunnel that ultimately will be three miles long and 1,600 feet deep is being drilled into the bedrock. The site is called Onkalo, “hiding place,” and when it’s completed, sometime in 2100, it will serve as a permanent resting place for the country’s radioactive waste, a tomb […]

“Take Shelter,” Reviewed (photo)

“Take Shelter,” Reviewed

Curtis (Michael Shannon), the central figure of Jeff Nichols’ powerful, enigmatic drama “Take Shelter,” is living in the grip of overpowering dread. An Ohio man with a wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), a little girl, Hannah (Tova Stewart), who’s deaf, a construction job and a house on the edge of a field, Curtis is plagued with […]

“Red State,” Reviewed (photo)

“Red State,” Reviewed

Kevin Smith’s personality now looms so large that it can seem inextricable from the films he produces, that buying into his on-screen work means also buying into Team View Askew. Smith has proven himself a mighty wielder of his own personal brand, using podcasts, his Twitter feed, his website, his speaking tours to cement a […]

“My Idiot Brother,” Reviewed (photo)

“My Idiot Brother,” Reviewed

The cast of “My Idiot Brother” is so overstuffed with talent it almost seems unfair, like the film should be subject to some kind of comedy handicap. Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel play a trio of sisters leading lives of various complications in New York City. Steve Coogan, Adam Scott and Rashida Jones […]

“The Future,” Reviewed (photo)

“The Future,” Reviewed

Reviewed at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. Those with tweeness sensitivities should be aware that “The Future,” Miranda July’s long-awaited follow-up to “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” is sporadically and lispingly narrated by a cat, and examines about how stress over the impending arrival of said cat, a rescue animal of uncertain health […]

“The Last Mountain,” Reviewed (photo)

“The Last Mountain,” Reviewed

Reviewed at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. If you need something new to be incensed about, “The Last Mountain,” a documentary directed by Bill Haney (of 2007’s “The Price of Sugar”), will do the trick nicely. Its outrage of choice is mountaintop removal (MTR) mining, the considerably controversial practice of deforesting and then dynamiting mountain […]

“Project Nim,” Reviewed (photo)

“Project Nim,” Reviewed

Reviewed at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. If James Marsh’s 2008 “Man on Wire” was Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk by way of “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Project NIM” could be described as the story of Herbert S. Terrace’s chimpanzee study by way of, well, “Splice.” But maybe it’s better summed up by one of the interviewees shrugged […]

Michel Gondry’s Film Party (photo)

Michel Gondry’s Film Party

He’s manufactured a plausibly ramshackle business in memory loss, introduced the world to “sweding” and has now attempted a transition into the realms of the superhero movie. This week on the IFC News podcast, we look at the visually inventive output of Michel Gondry. DOWNLOAD MP3, 1:08:22 minutes, 62.6 MB SUBSCRIBE iTunes | XML This […]