Review: Thomas Cailley’s ‘Love at First Fight’

“A multiple award winner at the Director’s Fortnight sidebar of Cannes last year, Les combattants, the charming feature debut of director Thomas Cailley, finally arrives in North America under the name Love at First Fight, an unfortunate pun that does a disservice to a romantic comedy that’s much more interesting than its new title may suggest.”

Review: Bradley King’s ‘Time Lapse’

“Apprehensively approaching its subject from a fresh, interesting angle, Time Lapse never quite fulfills the lofty goals it has for itself.”

The Occupation Quadrilogy: ‘Lacombe, Lucien’ and the Early Novels of Patrick Modiano

An Introduction to Jaime Grijalba’s Series on Patrick Modiano

Recap: Game of Thrones ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’

“Rape is often portrayed as worse than death in popular culture, and unfortunately Game of Thrones uses it often as a device with little framing or exploration.”

Review: John Maclean’s ‘Slow West’

A fresh, vibrant Western revival, Slow “West uses the tropes of the genre to its advantage, delivering a unique tale about searching for love in all the wrong places.”

Review: George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

“Surpassing expectations and delivering a heaping dose of electrifying visuals, Mad Max: Fury Road is what all blockbuster action movies should strive to be.”

Recap: Louie ‘Sleepover’

“Given the time and care C.K. has been dedicating to the development of stories recently on Louie, the vignettes of “Sleepover” almost feel like they all could’ve been the subject of their own episodes.”

Most Americans Aren’t Soccer Fans, But They Should Be!

An Essay by Jason Sportel

Review: Henry Hobson’s ‘Maggie’

“A film that deals more with heady emotional concepts than surviving a viral apocalypse, Maggie is the perfect actor’s showcase for a man long thought to have given up drama.”

‘Grace and Frankie’ is a Fun Comedy with Fascinating Characters and Some Storytelling Problems

“Netflix’s latest original program, Grace and Frankie, has the makings of a great comedy series, but it falls a little short in Season 1.”

Recap: Louie ‘Untitled’

“In “Untitled,” C.K. uses surreal imagery to depict truths about his character’s fears which more realistic storytelling methods never could.”

VOD Review: ‘I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story’

“From his humble beginnings, to the years he spent in awe of the great Jim Henson, every noteworthy aspect of the performer’s life is meticulously documented to paint the portrait of a great man with an even greater legacy.”

Recap: Game of Thrones ‘Sons of the Harpy’

“Maybe our great mistake is believing that Game of Thrones obeys mythological standards rather than refuting them — or believing that just one man will stand, if it will be a man at all.”

New German Cinema: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’

“An emotionally existential journey through the cycle of love, Fassbinder’s film conveys an incredible power for empathy, and a profound understanding of deeply human characters.”

Recap: Mad Men ‘Lost Horizon’

“Don Draper is clearly experiencing some type of reawakening, and he can’t jump from a New York City skyscraper if he doesn’t go back. Next week’s episode of Mad Men is titled ‘The Milk and Honey Route’ — a reference to life as a hobo.”

Magical Mojo: Lee Toland Krieger’s ‘The Age of Adaline’

“Filled with sappy moments but fueled by Lively’s classical mojo, The Age of Adaline holds back just enough to capitalize on its magical realism.”

New German Cinema: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s ‘Beware of a Holy Whore’

“While Beware of a Holy Whore symbolizes a voice for Fassbinder’s many criticisms of the filmmaking process, he uses aspects of the film to parody his own life and dispositions.”

Review: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

“An Olivier Assayas film in which an artist reflects on their own creative past in a new light — there must be something in the air at Sils Maria.”

Review: Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

“Far from the Madding Crowd is a uniquely intimate adaptation in its focus on accumulating small moments and emotions to provide spark to its characters.”

Recap: Game of Thrones ‘High Sparrow’

“Unlike fairy tales where the prince and princess get married and live ‘happily ever after,’ for many (particularly women), a Game of Thrones union marks the beginning of tragedy.”