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William and the Windmill

A few years ago, William Kamkwamba, a poor teenager from a rural village in Malawi, went to his tiny local library, found a textbook with a diagram explaining how a windmill works, and set out to build one himself. The resulting windmill looked ramshackle and fragile, made of wood and spare parts, but it worked. Word of this spread, and some prominent locals recruited William to give a talk at a T...[Read More]

What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew is a gimmick and also kind of a wonder: a story of the dissolution of a relationship told entirely through the eyes of the couple’s six year-old daughter. Maisie (played by a remarkable Onata Aprile) is in every single scene, absorbing and reflecting the selfishness and cruelty of her parents, and the remarkable thing about the film is how entirely non-precocious she is. Movie kid...[Read More]

Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers yearns to break the rules, and I wish it had the courage of its convictions. The film has moments — entire stretches, even — that are so bizarre, hilarious, and utterly anarchic that its inevitable retreats to convention are a double disappointment: they lower the hit-to-miss ratio of the jokes, certainly, but beyond that, they feel like a betrayal. Someone managed to ...[Read More]

We Need to Talk About Kevin

It’s not clear that I can usefully review We Need to Talk About Kevin, as it adapts one of my favorite novels, to which I am quite attached and which is fresh in my mind on account of being unforgettable. Walking out of the film, I found that virtually all of my thoughts and impressions were in reference to the book, which would be intolerably irritating to those who have not read it. So let me co...[Read More]


In India in 1938, we learn, a woman who outlived her husband had three options. She could a) burn with her dead husband, b) live a life of self-denial, or c) marry her husband’s younger brother. Anything else is a violation of Hindu teachings — as Water‘s opening title card refers to them, the “Hindu laws of widowhood.” If that sounds brutal, consider that in a cultur...[Read More]

Wasted on the Young

In Wasted on the Young, Ben C. Lucas’s riveting if overdirected meditation on power and privilege, a lavish high school party spins out of control when three of the school’s popular swim team elite, led by the untouchable Zack Masters (Alex Russell), repeatedly rape an unconscious girl (Adelaide Clemens) and then dump her on a lonely beach. The student body, in thrall to the ringleader’s looks, ch...[Read More]


Warrior has been buzzed about for months as an old-fashioned fight movie crowdpleaser and possible awards player. But for once, the hype conceals something fairly radical rather than depressingly pedestrian. Imagine Rocky if Rocky had systematically cut off all access to the titular underdog, leaving us to guess at his backstory, motivations and true feelings, maybe dropping a hint or two here and...[Read More]

War of the Worlds

If, in some abstract and uncertain way, Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds had consisted only of its first two acts, the movies may never have been the same again, for me. I will do my best, but I really have no words for these 80 mimutes (or so) of cinema: they might have shaken the earth and brought down the theater n walls — it seems like a possibility — but I didn’t n...[Read More]


Title: Wanderlust Year: 2012 Genre: Comedy, Romance Playtime: 1h 38min  Director: David Wain Screenwriters: David Wain Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman David Wain’s Wanderlust offers some of the biggest laughs in recent memory, but it’s not much of a movie, if that makes sense. Its story – involving a Manhattan couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) who are forced to flee the ...[Read More]


Pixar’s Wall-E is remarkable in many ways, but any review of the film must begin and end with a discussion of Wall-E himself. He is extraordinary. “Wall-E” stands for “Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class.” He is a robot left to clean up the Earth, which humans have trashed and ditched an untold (at first) number of years ago. Though not particularly humanoid — he has conveyor belts fo...[Read More]

Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Stop-motion animation has always had a retro quality, I think, all the while it’s been met with quiet admiration bordering on awe. On one level, it goes back to the basics of animation, going about putting moving figures on film in the simplest, most direct way imaginable; on another, the sheer amount of work involved in an undertaking like Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit ...[Read More]

Walk the Line

Surely at this rate they are going to run out of people to profile in award-contending biopics. There’s one every year — pedigreed, important, with Oscar money behind it. Walk the Line, James Mangold’s attempt at distilling the life of Johnny Cash, fits right into the mould of Ray, A Beautiful Mind, The Aviator, and the like. At least the title is kind of creative. Like all but t...[Read More]

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