Did American cinema make the grade in 2012?

"Lincoln" rounds out the scoreboard

Throughout 2012 I found myself drawn more toward world cinema--particularly European films--and less to American ones. Reasons are numerous, among which the number of rote big-budget efforts, repeated from one movie to the next, totally predictable, with nothing to surprise viewers, let alone engage them. Full disclosure: I don’t live on the planet where audiences flock to the "Harry Potter" ... more >

Diane Kruger, Farewell my Queen

Farewell my Queen

A new and convincing take on the trials of Marie Antoinette
Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen and Léa Seydoux
Directed by Benoît Jacquot

Fanciers of period pieces, stay away. The Marie-Antoinette of Benoît Jacquot’s film is no dimpled and fashionable clueless Austrian princess busy trying on new wigs. Instead, she (Diane Kruger) is red-eyed with distress and worry, not so much out of awareness of gathering storms but because her bosom friend, the haughty Duchess of Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen) is not present enough. The time is ... more >