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  • Obscured Objects of Desire: Lovers Couple, Double, Forget

    published August 31, 2004

    Set most emphatically in the House of Fiction, Danish director Christoffer Boe's debut feature, Reconstruction (winner of the Camera d'Or... More >>

  • Through a Looking Glass

    published August 31, 2004

    Silent cinema is the art form that died too young: "Not ripe for replacement," aesthetician Rudolph Arnheim wrote in 1930, three years after... More >>

  • Elephants Never Forget

    published August 24, 2004

    Strategically staged in the realm of the perpetual orange alert, the Republican National Convention was supposed to be the 9-11... More >>

  • Film

    published August 24, 2004

    The great French director Louis Feuillade (1873–1925) is the founding father of pulp cinema, as well as the original cult filmmaker.... More >>

  • Lost Highway

    published August 24, 2004

    Red Lights, directed by Cédric Kahn from a 1953 novel by the most prolific of crime writers, Belgian-born Georges Simenon, is a... More >>

  • Film

    published August 17, 2004

    The campaign's latest scare doc takes its title, Bush's Brain, and much of its argument from the portrait of political operative and... More >>

  • Man With No Name Tells a Story of Heroics, Color Coordination

    published August 17, 2004

    Hero, Zhang Yimou's impeccably crafted, all-star martial arts extravaganza, is the essence of shallow gravitas. Told, largely in flashback,... More >>

  • The Penis Mightier

    published August 17, 2004

    Does actor-filmmaker Vincent Gallo resent his own publicity? Give the man props for his boldly divided consciousness and world-class showmanship. ... More >>

  • Film

    published August 3, 2004

    There are some movies that invent a genre to which their successors can only aspire. Jean Renoir's ensemble social satire The Rules of the... More >>

  • Academic Affairs: Mutual Adultery in a Quiet College Town

    published August 3, 2004

    John Curran's impressive 1998 debut, Praise, chronicled the love affair between a pair of Australian slackers living day-to-day in a state... More >>

  • Reproductive Thriller Scores Genetic Coup, Flunks Chemistry

    published July 27, 2004

    Code 46, the versatile Michael Winterbottom's stylish, if precious, essay in social sci-fi, is all about reproductive regulation in a... More >>

  • Film

    published July 27, 2004

    Completed in early 1943, soon after the German advance was halted in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Nazi super-spectacles Münchhausen... More >>

  • Executive Decisions

    published July 27, 2004

    The Manchurian Candidate, directed by John Frankenheimer in 1962, is a chunk of American history and, on paper, Jonathan Demme's new... More >>

  • Film

    published July 20, 2004

    Ultimate geezerfest and rock-doc holy grail, Festival Express presents the long-lost footage of a forgotten Woodstock on wheels—the... More >>

  • Against Sprawl Odds: An Original Take on the City of Angels

    published July 20, 2004

    Most movies are intended to transform documentary into fiction; Thom Andersen's heady and provocative Los Angeles Plays Itself has the... More >>

  • He's Gotta Have It

    published July 20, 2004

    Part social satire, part goofball daydream, Spike Lee's completely undisciplined if irresistibly titled She Hate Me strives manfully to put... More >>

  • Film

    published July 13, 2004

    Author of the million-copy-selling A People's History of the United States, 81-year-old Howard Zinn is the activist academic as... More >>

  • Butterfly Affects Suicide Attempt, Bad Sex, Mall Construction

    published July 13, 2004

    Predicated on intersecting lives and bizarre coincidence, Barbara Albert's impressive second feature, Free Radicals, has a generic... More >>

  • Full Bloody Massage

    published July 13, 2004

    Takeshi Kitano, he the man—maybe a bit too much so in The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. After appearing a few years ago in Nagisa... More >>

  • Film

    published June 22, 2004

    De-Lovely, Irwin Winkler's elaborately modern Cole Porter biopic, is openly gay and overwhelmingly glum. Never less than self-conscious,... More >>

  • Depressed Superhero Battles New Nemesis and Old Neuroses

    published June 22, 2004

    Spider-Man may have been a mega-blockbuster, but Spider-Man 2 wastes little time reaffirming its loser bona fides. Successful... More >>

  • Aching Life

    published June 22, 2004

    Summer sequelitis is upon us, but the season is unlikely to bring anything more remarkable than Richard Linklater's sweet, smart, and deeply... More >>

  • Campaign Trailers

    published June 15, 2004

    Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 may raise the temperature of political discourse when it opens this week. But partisan as it is, it's not... More >>

  • Film

    published June 15, 2004

    Tucked into the visual cacophony of the current show devoted to the fabulously garish Icelandic political pop artist known as Erró are a... More >>

  • Body of Evidence: An Anti-Corporate Doc's Catalog of Outrage

    published June 15, 2004

    Sergei Eisenstein dreamed of producing a Joycean epic based on Marx's Das Kapital. Albeit more prosaic, The Corporation, written by... More >>

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