Pete Vonder Haar

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  • Finland, as any fourth-grade book report could tell you, is a land of contrasts. This explains how director Jalmari Helander can combine scenes of timeless natural beauty with action and dialogue straight out of a 1980s Golan-Globus production....

  • The problem with inspirational biopics is keeping the person at the center of the story relatable and realistic rather than deifying them. Christina Noble's story is eminently -- almost heartbreakingly -- grounded, and the aptly titled...

  • You needn't have ever lived in New York City to know what to expect from movies based in the Big Apple: namely, the love-hate relationship longtime residents have for a city that's constantly changing, often in maddening ways. In Richard...

  • The average person -- almost by definition -- doesn't have a lot in common with the world of haute couture, what with its financially inaccessible clothing and romantically unattainable models. That's the only reason for the existence of...

  • There's a line at the end of a Chekhov play that goes, "Life's gone on as if I'd never lived." This does a passable job summarizing Chris Messina's Alex of Venice, a trifling yet nonetheless poignant snapshot of a young woman trying to...

  • A death in the family is always unsettling, which may explain why adolescent James Charm (Kodi Smit-McPhee), whose father has just died, runs from imaginary(?) hooded creatures and has taken to telling people the dates of their own eventual...

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