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  • Complete. Original. Bergman.

    published December 25, 2007

    If the venerating coverage surrounding Ingmar Bergman's death in July helped at all to pull the Swedish master back into favor, his sumptuous,... More >>

  • Beatlemania

    published December 25, 2007

    A non-judgmental re-creation of 25-year-old Mark David Chapman's 1980 assassination of the peacenik pop star—from three months prior to the... More >>

  • Steep

    published December 11, 2007

    The three deepest profundities plowed by Mark Obenhaus's blandly beautiful, inarticulate extreme-skiing doc are: (1) Alaskan snow feels unusually... More >>

  • The District!

    published December 11, 2007

    As hyperactively profane as the 'toon lunacy of MTV's Liquid Television and Spike & Mike's traveling screen tours, Á Gauder's... More >>

  • Peeping Bomb

    published December 4, 2007

    The New York Civil Liberties Union reported last year that there are approximately 4,200 street-level surveillance cameras below 14th Street, and... More >>

  • Half Moon

    published December 4, 2007

    After the fall of Saddam, graying paterfamilias and respected Kurdish musician Mamo (Ismail Ghaffari) commandeers a school bus and... More >>

  • Badland

    published November 20, 2007

    Barely a ripple in this year's wave of returning Iraq War–veteran dramas (Home of the Brave, In the Valley of Elah, et al.),... More >>

  • Protagonist

    published November 20, 2007

    Paradoxically proving through innovation that there's nothing new under the sun, director Jessica Yu (In the Realms of the Unreal) craftily... More >>

  • Midnight Eagle

    published November 13, 2007

    Disenchanted after seeing a child killed in the Middle East, war photographer Yuji Nishizaki (Takao Osawa) retires to the Northern Alps of Japan,... More >>

  • This Christmas

    published November 13, 2007

    Tyler Perry is going to wind up with a monopoly on mainstream African-American dramas if quality alternatives aren't produced—and soon. This... More >>

  • The Life of Reilly

    published November 6, 2007

    The late Charles Nelson Reilly directed five Broadway plays, won a Tony for acting, was nominated for three Emmys, and knew full well that his... More >>

  • I for India

    published November 6, 2007

    Optimistic young doctor Yash Pal Suri emigrated from India to England in 1965, where shoddy phone lines and the tedium of letter writing inspired... More >>

  • My Name Is Albert Ayler

    published October 30, 2007

    Though he polarized critics in his prime, African-American avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler has come into favor as a cult hero and jazz... More >>

  • Love and Honor

    published October 23, 2007

    At 76, Japanese writer-director Yoji Yamada is still best known in his homeland for a one-time Guinness Book record-holding series of four dozen... More >>

  • Sharkwater

    published October 23, 2007

    Just when you thought it was safe to take what's in the water for granted, illegal finning is wiping out the shark population. Toronto-based... More >>

  • Love and Honor

    published October 23, 2007

    At 76, Japanese writer-director Yoji Yamada is still best known in his homeland for a one-time Guinness Book record-holding series of four dozen... More >>

  • Slipstream

    published October 16, 2007

    A leading man (Christian Slater) literally overacts himself to death on the Mojave Desert set of a murder mystery. And that spiritual Native... More >>

  • The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell

    published October 9, 2007

    A cautionary tale of what happens when you try to make a cult classic before the cult has even seen the film, co-directors Jonny Gillette and... More >>

  • Out of the Blue

    published October 9, 2007

    Adapted from Bill O'Brien's Aramoana: Twenty-Two Hours of Terror—a true account of the 1990 coastal-town shooting rampage that left 13... More >>

  • An Entirely Average Florida Family's Struggles with Schizophrenia

    published October 2, 2007

    Mental disease is too often reduced in film to self-destructive eccentricity, sensationalist melodrama, or vilifying thrills. But as endorsed by... More >>

  • Mike Hill's Frustratingly Inarticulate Chronicle of Steve Rocco

    published October 2, 2007

    If the breadth of your skateboarding knowledge is Tony Hawk, Vans low-tops, and whatever you retained from Dogtown and Z-Boys, director... More >>

  • Filming the Merchant of Venom

    published September 25, 2007

    Animal House director John Landis was an 18-year-old assistant when he met actor-comedian Don Rickles on the set of 1970's Kelly's... More >>

  • Charlie

    published September 18, 2007

    A writer-director under the influence of Cassavetes, Salvatore Interlandi's absorbing first feature tracks the eponymous antihero's path to... More >>

  • My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures

    published September 11, 2007

    Credited in the production notes as an "emerging super producer-director," Johnny Boston has unfortunately emerged with this overlong, six-year... More >>

  • Beauty Remains

    published September 11, 2007

    Qingdao, 1948. The tumultuous rise of Communism is forever reshaping the Chinese mainland, but you wouldn't know it in Ann Hu's insular soap... More >>

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