A FECUND FAIRY TALE IN REVERSE

In Effie Gray, symmetry signals the cruel constraint of Victorian society.

HOPE FOR ILLUMINATION

Sufjan Stevens has never made an album as nakedly autobiographical as Carrie & Lowell.

TECHNOLOGY AND MISDEMEANORS

Noah Baumbach's While We're Young relies on frustratingly broad observational humor.

A 100-MINUTE GAY-PANIC ATTACK

Get Hard sacrifices satire for a pandering litany of unbearable stereotypes.

ALLEGORY AS AFTERTHOUGHT

White God affects long takes and a general air of artistically inclined realism.


MUSIC


Ringo Starr: Postcards from Paradise

With its chintzy synths, plastic horns, and feather-lite reggae and lifeless white-guy funk, the album might as well be made up of outtakes recorded 30 years ago.




TELEVISION



DVD


Cries and Whispers

Bergman's film disguises meaning amid a sea of red, which searingly oozes throughout the Criterion Collection's delicately rendered 2K transfer.





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