Alain Resnais

In Search of Lost Memory: Jesse Ball’s Elegiac ‘A Cure for Suicide’

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What if memory behaves like an immune system? Let’s say, for the sake of a thought experiment, that our memory acts as a time-mind barrier, swelling around our psychic wounds, expanding or contracting in reaction to external stimuli. It might be possible, on that basis, to tear down our memories and rebuild them in much the same way that modern medicine razes the immune system in order to make way for alien stem cells.
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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘It Follows,’ ‘Ex Machina’

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One of the most interesting new releases of the week — from the standpoint of both movies and the movie business — is the direct-to-Netflix chiller Creep, which you can read more about here. But even past that innovative release, this is a four-star week for discs and on-demand viewing (so much that we’ve expanded from our customary top five format), with one of the year’s best dramas, two widely acclaimed genre pictures, two terrific titles from the Criterion Collection, and a forgotten gem from one of indie cinema’s godfathers.
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10 Foreign Films to Watch in 2014

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It’s that time of year when film festival announcements entice us with their competition titles and a larger spotlight on the foreign market offers a breath of fresh air amongst a sea of caped heroes and post-apocalyptic teen tales. We feature ten of those anticipated films, below. Although many of these foreign selections won’t be available on American shores immediately, there are a number of compelling works debuting at fests this year that we wanted to draw your attention to. Keep your eye on these foreign features during the 2014 film season.
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