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  • Fight Songs

    published December 25, 2001

    Now that the western is no longer with us, there are three basic modes with which Hollywood represents history. The first is the Great Man biopic,... More >>

  • Plastic Fantastic

    published December 18, 2001

    "Much that once was is lost" is the poignant opening phrase in Peter Jackson's long-awaited, mega-million-dollar production of Lord of the... More >>

  • Look Homeward, Angel

    published December 11, 2001

    The Royal Tenenbaums may not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all. Sweet and funny, doggedly oddball if bordering... More >>

  • Role Players and End Games

    published December 4, 2001

    Ocean's Eleven is just about the perfect project to remake—at least from a director's point of view. It must have been a relief for... More >>

  • All as It Had Been

    published December 4, 2001

    Nearly three months have passed and we're still talking about Armageddon—the day the volcano erupted, the asteroid crashed, the Martians... More >>

  • Ghost Worlds

    published November 20, 2001

    Working against generic convention, The Devil's Backbone and In the Bedroom—two offbeat movies with interchangeable... More >>

  • Slack Magic

    published November 13, 2001

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is less a $120 million movie than an expensive, elaborately planned military operation. Caution is... More >>

  • Celestial Events

    published November 6, 2001

    From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari through the Andy Warhol factory to the various para-cinematic performances included in the current "Shadow... More >>

  • Toy Stories

    published October 30, 2001

    There's a case to be made that the two poles of fin de siècle commercial movies are dehumanized live-action cartoons and their supposed... More >>

  • Meet the Depressed

    published October 23, 2001

    Donnie Darko, the first feature by 26-year-old writer-director Richard Kelly, is a wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that... More >>

  • Sleep With Me

    published October 16, 2001

    Patrice Chéreau's Intimacy may be the latest instance of the new sexual candor of the European art cinema, but there's a sly,... More >>

  • The Flesh Is Bleak

    published October 9, 2001

    There are distractions and there are immersions. Possibly the most emotionally intense 83 minutes currently available to local moviegoers,... More >>

  • Points of No Return

    published October 2, 2001

    Mulholland Drive parts the veil on a totally cracked, utterly convincing world with David Lynch its brooding demiurge. A Denny's-like... More >>

  • Reversals of Fortune

    published September 25, 2001

    Our own mood swings notwithstanding, the 39th edition of the New York Film Festival is a stolid, respectable, forward-thinking affair. The main... More >>

  • News of the World

    published September 18, 2001

    The terror attacks on the Trades and the Pentagon blew a hole in the Toronto International Film Festival as well. Hundreds of journalists emerged... More >>

  • Fake It So Real

    published September 11, 2001

    To judge from the movies, the most common fantasy in our starstruck nation must be that of vaulting out of the mass audience and onto the spotlit... More >>

  • Milk of Human Kindness

    published September 4, 2001

    Balanced on a knife-edge between the exotic and the familiar, Djomeh is among the most formally accomplished of new Iranian films. Hassan... More >>

  • The Kapital Gang

    published August 21, 2001

    Forget those magazine offices, law firms, schoolrooms, and coffee shops. The great unexplored milieu for a TV sitcom is the hippie commune. It's a... More >>

  • Fear Eats the Soul

    published July 31, 2001

    Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) has written and directed 14 genre movies since 1983. Those I've seen have been deftly... More >>

  • Hell and High Water

    published July 24, 2001

    Tsai Ming-liang, subject of a recent retro at the Walter Reade, is the most extreme stylist in the new Taiwanese cinema, and The River,... More >>

  • Lost in America

    published July 17, 2001

    Keep your Lara Croft and your Shrek: For me, the summer's reigning icons are Enid, Thora Birch's geek goddess in Ghost World, and her... More >>

  • Kitty Lit

    published July 17, 2001

    Like a hard-eyed cop securing a midtown crosswalk for an adorable gaggle of ducklings, James Wolcott's killer reputation precedes his first novel,... More >>

  • King Leer

    published July 10, 2001

    What is the object of Larry Clark's desire? Could it be the endlessly photographed array of buff young bodies, which, as Abercrombie & Fitch know,... More >>

  • Conspirators of Pleasure

    published July 3, 2001

    Some movies frisk like pups, wagging their tails and begging for approval. Baise-Moi, however, doesn't mean to lick your face so much as... More >>

  • The Mommy Returns

    published June 26, 2001

    Fairy tales can come true. Spielberg the historian is in remission; Steven the regressive has returned, with a vengeance. An occasionally... More >>

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