Sheila O'Malley

Griffith's 'Intolerance,' a foundational film that's also a great one, at Film Forum:

Playing this week in a brand new restoration at the Film Forum, with a new effective score by Carl Davis (conducted by Davis and performed by The Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra), Intolerance is almost 100 years old and is an extraordinary accomplishment, and far more than a curiosity, or just an artifact of cinema's beginnings.

Bio: Sheila O'Malley's work has appeared in The Sewanee Review and Salon.com. She writes a monthly essay on film for Fandor, and also contributes pieces to The House Next Door, official blog of Slant Magazine. She contributes occasional reviews of film noir classics at Noir of the Week. Her personal blog is The Sheila Variations.

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‘The Help’: A movie about a white woman who told the story of the suffering of black women

The movie version of The Help wants its audience to feel gratified about the story of a white woman who helped African-American maids in Mississippi find their voice, which is problematic.

Aug. 9, 2011

 
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Why ‘Bringing Up Baby,’ a secretly dirty movie about crazy people, is a work of genius

It’s hard to believe now that Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby was not a hit at the time of its original release in 1938.

Jun. 17, 2011

 
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Rose Byrne is having a serious moment

Australian actress Rose Byrne is about to become a big, big star.

Jun. 13, 2011

 
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A Capital anticipation list: Thelma & Louise, Montauk, Heavy Warm-Up mixes, popsicles

Each week, Capital's editors and writers will offer a list of the events, activities, releases and personal obsessions that we are looking forward to during the next week. Here is a list of our anticipations.

Jun. 10, 2011

 
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A Capital anticipation list: Treemonisha, David Peach, David Comes to Life, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Freddy’s falafel

Each week, Capital's editors and writers will offer a list of the events, activities, releases and personal obsessions that we are looking forward to during the next week. Here is a list of our anticipations.

Jun. 2, 2011

 
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‘Tree of Life’: Terrence Malick tells the story of everything, in tiny little pieces

Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning Tree of Life is the story of three young brothers growing up in 1950s Texas, told in flashback from the perspective of one of the grown sons looking back on his childhood from the present day. It is also the story of the beginning of the Universe and the development of our cosmos.

May. 26, 2011

 
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In ‘House of Blue Leaves,’ that terror and pity, missing in Stiller’s performance, balance out in Edie Falco

There is a universal truth in House of Blue Leaves, the "black heart's truth," even in its oddity and its lunacy, and the play, with its obsession with the culture of celebrity, seems even more prescient now than it did back in 1986.

May. 2, 2011

 
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‘Stuck Between Stations’: Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister-Jones and the makings of a magical night, squandered

The settings (Minneapolis, beautifully shot by Minneapolis native Bo Hakala) and actors (Sam Rosen and Zoe Lister-Jones) in Stuck Between Stations are outstanding. But something's missing.

Apr. 29, 2011

 
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Lessons from ‘Last Night’: Eva Mendes is hot, and sometimes marriages aren’t worth saving

In Last Night, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington never quite convince us that their characters are doing the wrong thing by cheating on each other.

Apr. 27, 2011

 
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‘Roadie’ rules: An everyday story about Long Island and Blue Oyster Cult, told extraordinarily

The plot of Michael Cuesta's Roadie contains some familiar elements, but the settings, and the directing, and the acting, are incredible.

Apr. 26, 2011