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  • Darkon

    published September 4, 2007

    There's a particularly funny episode of The X-Files in which a nerdling hacker boasts in an on-camera interview: "I didn't spend all those... More >>

  • My Brother's Wedding

    published September 4, 2007

    African-American auteur Charles Burnett's oeuvre has been so criminally underseen that the first official release of his 1977 masterpiece... More >>

  • Salvador Allende

    published August 28, 2007

    Beloved by his country's Marxists, Christians, social democrats, and Fidel Castro—as well as despised by the right-wingers, middle class, and... More >>

  • Musician

    published August 28, 2007

    Mining Studs Terkel territory, the second installment in Daniel Kraus's "Work Series" (sandwiched between 2006's similarly eponymous... More >>

  • 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

    published August 21, 2007

    The 11th question would be: Does a TV-grade travelogue followed by a halfway-decent Q&A warrant a theatrical release? Let's go for 12: Will the... More >>

  • The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

    published August 21, 2007

    Living alone in the dilapidated Hesbjerg Castle that he purchased more than 40 years ago, octogenarian bachelor J Lauersen Vig has convinced the... More >>

  • The Hottest State

    published August 14, 2007

    After the deathly dull, faux-hipster muddle that was Ethan Hawke's directorial debut, Chelsea Walls, expectations aren't exactly high for... More >>

  • Dedication

    published August 14, 2007

    Inland Empire's Justin Theroux pops his directorial cherry with this obnoxious Sundance throwaway, a by-the-numbers romantic comedy that... More >>

  • Love for Sale

    published August 7, 2007

    Two years after hightailing it from her dead-end desert town in northeastern Brazil, aimless 21-year-old mother Hermila (Hermila Guedes) has... More >>

  • Zebraman

    published August 7, 2007

    It's strange that Takashi Miike's most accessible exploit to date would only now see a release—it premiered at Rotterdam in 2004—and... More >>

  • If I Didn't Care

    published July 24, 2007

    A summer movie for those who parse "summer" as a verb, filmmaker bros Benjamin and Orson Cummings' modern-noir thriller suitably sets its stage... More >>

  • Blame It On Fidel

    published July 24, 2007

    While her friends play cops and robbers, broodingly precocious nine-year-old Anna (Nina Kervel) is asked by younger brother François to... More >>

  • Internet Killed the Video Star

    published July 17, 2007

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 16th annual forum for experimental video art, new media, or whatever... More >>

  • Scrap Heaven

    published July 10, 2007

    Paralyzed by his own lily-livered demeanor, Japanese police clerk Shingo (Ryo Kase, Letters From Iwo Jima) fails to control a hijacked bus... More >>

  • Hula Girls

    published July 3, 2007

    Inspired by the real-life transformation of a northern Japanese coal-mining town during the mid '60s, Hula Girls begins as a globalized... More >>

  • Chatting With Werner

    published June 26, 2007

    Conveyer of ecstatic truths and filmmaker extraordinaire Werner Herzog's latest is Rescue Dawn, an action-drama based on U.S. pilot Dieter... More >>

  • Barney in Brief

    published June 26, 2007

    Studly art-world charlatan Matthew Barney's ritualistic, mythology-making esoterica has always played better as gallery installation than... More >>

  • Introducing the Dwights

    published June 26, 2007

    Brenda Blethyn's trademark histrionics—maternal blubbering and drama-queen shrillness—worked smashingly for her intentionally trying... More >>

  • Over the GW

    published June 19, 2007

    Can $30,000 buy a filmmaker catharsis from two and a half years of psychological and physical trauma? That's the budget of writer/director/... More >>

  • One to Another

    published June 19, 2007

    Everybody, it seems, is drawn to the studly, narcissistic, bisexual teen rocker Pierre (Arthur Dupont), especially within his inseparable clique... More >>

  • White Palms

    published June 12, 2007

    The white palms of White Palms are the chalky hands of the real-life gymnasts who back-flip before the camera in this largely... More >>

  • Longing

    published June 12, 2007

    Deceptively minimal, as if anticipated sequences were excised from the final cut, Valeska Grisebach's magnificent and moving chamber drama is a... More >>

  • Beyond Hatred

    published June 5, 2007

    On a September evening in 2002, three skinhead hatemongers set out to "do an Arab" in the city of Reims, 90 miles northeast of Paris. Instead,... More >>

  • 'You're Gonna Miss Me'

    published May 29, 2007

    If you only see one gushy, poppy rock-doc about an influential singer-songwriter—renowned as much for his music as for his near-tragic mental... More >>

  • 'Radiant City'

    published May 22, 2007

    Named for a destructive idea in community planning by modernist architect Le Corbusier, this enlightening and disturbingly funny critique of North... More >>

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