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DVD Review: ‘National Gallery’

★★★★☆ Painting has only “the speed of light to tell its story,” explains one tour guide in pro documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery (2014), a study of the Trafalgar Square institution. Wiseman’s film is nearly three hours in length (still […]

DVD Review: ‘Birdman’

★★★☆☆ Mexican director (and now Oscar-winner) Alejandro González Iñárritu has toyed around with the elasticity of the medium before, most notably in the daringly non-linear 21 Grams (2003). With Birdman (2014) he once again attempts to turn the format on […]

Film Review: ‘We Are Monster’

★★☆☆☆ The murder of Zahid Mubarek at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in 2000 is the harrowing subject of British director Antony Petrou’s We Are Monster (2014), a clumsy and facile character study into his killer, Robert Stewart; an apparently well-researched […]