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Quick Take: The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson has become America’s poet of visual silence, in a manner that more and more recalls Stanley Kubrick.

Ask Chris Gives Hotel Transylvania The Andy Rooney Treatment

Hotel Transylvania takes a bite out of the fun.

The Essential Movie Library #9: Double Indemnity (1944)

Barbara Stanwyck is the golden dominatrix lashing schlub Fred MacMurray—cast over tough guys George Raft and Alan Ladd in a brilliantly counter-intuitive coup—to the service of her homicidal machinations.

Quick Take: The Dark Knight Rises on DVD

As with the Bourne pictures, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trio set the standard for superhero movies by pretending they’re not superhero movies.

The Essential Movie Library #8: That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s final manifesto about love, chaos, and the way the tumult of our desires scrambles the order of our lives.

Ice Age Brings Signing Santa to Beverly Center

The holiday season means a deluge of shopping mall Santas and kids eager to sit on his lap. But for deaf children, the experience can be a difficult one. This season, they’ll have an easier way to join the fun.

The Essential Movie Library #7: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Few major movies so split perfectly intelligent people between those who think it’s visionary and those who think it’s claptrap; but even the visionary camp acknowledges a certain amount of claptrap and even the claptrap camp can spot the visionary.

The Essential Movie Library #6: Casablanca (1942)

The story of exiles, nomads, Nazis, and resistance fighters caught in limbo during WWII is familiar, but when exactly did you last watch it?

The Essential Movie Library #3: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

At once majestic and unbearable, The Passion of Joan of Arc quickly became a legend. Its star Renee Falconetti (often credted as Maria), whose performance as Joan has been called by some the greatest in film history, never made another movie and allegedly went mad.

The Essential Movie Library #2: Vertigo (1958)

As every buff knows, on its theatrical release Vertigo was a failure; only over the subsequent two decades when it mostly was unseen did its reputation go through a radical reassessment.