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So far Caroline Ely has created 73 blog entries.

The Light Between Oceans

Behind the film’s sweeping vistas lies the spirit of a micromanager, an entity that does not trust us with our own emotions and wants to steer us firmly where it thinks they should lie.

By |September 1st, 2016|Book adaptation, Melodrama|0 Comments

Hieronymus Bosch: Touch by the Devil

With unequaled access to the artist's work, this terminally tasteful and conflict-averse film vividly showcases the hellfire horrors of the art through powerful lenses that magnify every brushstroke.

By |August 6th, 2016|Arts|0 Comments

Miss Sharon Jones!

Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple follows singer Sharon Jones on her journey through cancer and recovery, catching glimpses of a stalwart trouper knocked off balance.

By |July 28th, 2016|Documentary, Musical|0 Comments

Under the Sun

Director Vitaly Mansky's cool but empathetic documentary of life in the Hermit Kingdom takes us to the outer limits of what people will believe.

By |July 5th, 2016|Documentary, Top Picks|0 Comments

The Innocents

Director Anne Fontaine’s stirring drama takes religious faith as a starting point and looks at different approaches to compromised belief within a Polish abbey in the disastrous aftermath of World War II.

By |July 1st, 2016|Top Picks, War|0 Comments


One man’s meditation on art, history, culture, and oppression, Francofonia manages to be grandiose and confining at once. It feels vital because one of the story lines the film pursues—and there are many—is the fate of the Louvre Museum’s art collection under the Nazis.

By |June 27th, 2016|Arts, DVD/Streaming/On Demand|0 Comments

Diary of a Chambermaid

Followed by a smitten camera, Léa Seydoux’s face combines a Mary Cassatt apple-cheeked purity with the sullen roughness of a young Kate Moss in the latest take on the French classic novel by Octave Mirbeau.

By |June 9th, 2016|Book adaptation, French|0 Comments

A Bigger Splash

A hothouse drama and a refreshingly cynical thriller with two ace performers pushing edgy parts way over-the-top.

By |May 11th, 2016|Crime, Thriller|0 Comments


Jacques Audiard’s moody heartbreaker, the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or last year, daringly places a rough-and-ready, documentary-ish shooting style alongside confident, startling artistry.

By |May 6th, 2016|French, Top Picks|0 Comments