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Richard Brody
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Richard Brody began writing for The New Yorker in 1999 and has contributed articles about the directors François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Wes Anderson. Since 2005, he has been the movie-listings editor at the magazine; he writes film reviews and a blog about movies. He is the author of the book “Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard” and is at work on a book about the lasting influence of the French New Wave.
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“Old,” Reviewed: M. Night Shyamalan’s New Old-School Sci-Fi Movie
With spare methods and sharp images, the director turns a simple premise into potent fantasy.
By Richard BrodyJuly 22, 2021
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Review: “Space Jam 2,” “Roadrunner,” and the Misplaced Hand-Wringing Over Digital Manipulations
Two new movies dramatize the power and the peril of the new audiovisual mediaverse.
By Richard BrodyJuly 20, 2021
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“Pig,” Reviewed: Nicolas Cage Is the Only Reason to Watch
As a mournful, weary hermit in search of his kidnapped truffle pig, the actor bypasses the movie’s mediocre ideas to create some extraordinary moments.
By Richard BrodyJuly 17, 2021
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“No Ordinary Man,” Reviewed: Portrait of an Artist Enduring Transphobia After His Death
The filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt challenge the public record about Billy Tipton, a trans jazz musician who died in 1989.
By Richard BrodyJuly 16, 2021
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“Casanova, Last Love,” Reviewed: A Historical Drama Evokes Modern Injustices
Stacy Martin stars as a woman who, in defying the infamous seducer, lays bare an oppressive social order.
By Richard BrodyJuly 14, 2021
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“The Woman Who Ran,” Reviewed: A Provocative, Profound Drama of Marriage, Friendship, and Solitude
Hong Sang-soo’s film relies on disturbing ironies to approach the mightiest of subjects: the nature of happiness.
By Richard BrodyJuly 8, 2021
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“Scarface” Startles Anew on the Criterion Channel
It’s time to watch Howard Hawks’s gangster masterpiece again.
By Richard BrodyJuly 6, 2021
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“No Sudden Move,” Reviewed: Steven Soderbergh’s New Crime Drama Is a Brisk Nostalgia Trip
The film, set in 1954 Detroit, involves corporate espionage and racial politics, but does so superficially.
By Richard BrodyJuly 1, 2021
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“Zola,” Reviewed: A Twitter Thread Takes an Ingenious and Audacious Cinematic Form
Teeming with unhinged action and rarefied style, Janicza Bravo’s film brilliantly reflects its social-media origin without mimicking it.
By Richard BrodyJune 29, 2021
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In Revival and Streaming: “Le Cercle Rouge,” a Crime Thriller in Which Knowledge Is Power
Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1970 heist film, starring Alain Delon, delights in the meticulous crime-craft that informs the action.
By Richard BrodyJune 25, 2021
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