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Articles by Josh Jacobs

Film: While We’re Young

The films of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha, The Squid and the Whale) can be described as strange, esoteric, random, intel­lectual, and domestic, but above all, they are always...

Film: Transcendence

Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with Transcendence, a large-scale sci-fi film about the future of artificial intelligence. Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, who runs an...

Movie: Omar

The Oscar lineup for the Best Foreign Language Film category has some real gems this year. The Hunt, an especially exceptional nominated film, tells an enormously powerful story by...

Movie: RoboCop

I don’t always have a good time seeing blockbusters. Often, there’s some plot hole, some inconsistency, some blatantly cheesy trope, and it always drives me crazy and overshadows any...

Film: The Monuments Men

After winning the Best Picture Oscar for Argo last year, producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov are back. They’ve just released The Monuments Men, a wartime adventure-dramedy that follows...

Movie: Oscar Nominated Shorts

I sat down in the Criterion theater expecting to view the five best—most inventive, most harrowing, most irreverent, most whatever—short films of the year, but I did not see...

Learning from loneliness

Spike Jonze’s latest feature Her is set in Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future, but there are no football games played on jet packs, hovercrafts, or even beverage-serving robots....