Past Masters

A rich repertory selection saves the year for cinephiles

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Directed by Larry Charles
20th Century Fox, November 3

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has brought his television creations to the big screen before (2002's Ali G Indahouse) but Borat marks the first time he's brought his proven formula—uncomfortable interviews with real people unaware they are part of an elaborate joke-—with them. The trailer promises Kazakhstanian shenanigans in the classic Borat mold including a horrific rendition of the National Anthem in front of a hostile rodeo crowd. MS

For Your Consideration
Directed by Christopher Guest
Warner Independent, November 17

Out 1: Spectre (1972) Directed by Jacques Rivette Shown: Juliet Berto
photo: Photofest/courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image.
Out 1: Spectre (1972) Directed by Jacques Rivette Shown: Juliet Berto


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  • After skewering rock stars, dog shows, and small-town theatrical impresarios, Christopher Guest and his band of improvisers turn their sights on the biggest target of all: the Academy Awards. Admittedly, after last year's Oscars, which included an interpretative dance of Crash's sexual molestation scene, no parody could be funnier than the real thing. MS

    Tenacious D in "The Pick of Destiny"
    Directed by Liam Lynch
    New Line, November 17

    As Will Ferrell has Adam McKay, Jack Black has Kyle Gass—unsung partners who wring the most inventive work out of their superstar brethren. So the long-gestating D film (hatched in '04) should be an unhinged aria of Sasquatch jokes, Ronnie James Dio homages, and maniacal mugging. RES

    The Good German
    Directed by Steven Soderbergh
    Warner Brothers, December 8

    They brought you Out of Sight, the Ocean's series, and the much-maligned Solaris. With their fifth collaboration as director and star, Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney tell the story of an American journalist (Clooney) thrown into the middle of a Graham Greene–style murder mystery in post-WWII Germany. MS

    Children of Men
    Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
    Universal, December 25

    Alfonso Cuarón, bulging with Harry Potter grosses, goes big again by adapting P.D. James's dystopia of worldwide infertility. Even the testosterone-rich Clive Owen can't will that blue line into existence. A burnt-out Michael Caine eases his masculine hurt until there's a miraculous conception that could save humanity. RES

    Pan's Labyrinth
    Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro
    Picturehouse, December 29

    Set in the same supernatural Spanish Civil War rubble as Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth further mines the fascism-as-horror vein. A young girl discovers a destiny-dealing satyr at the heart of a labyrinth behind her house—offering an escape from her repressive family life. RES

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