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  • Eviction Notice

    published June 15, 2004

    Given the last word in the anti-capitalist documentary The Corporation, opening next week, Michael Moore asserts that his muckraking social... More >>

  • Film

    published June 8, 2004

    Straight from the artist's unconscious, Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son posits a wildly eroticized filial relationship. The movie begins... More >>

  • Tom Delay

    published June 8, 2004

    A comedy about a stateless Eastern European tourist stranded indefinitely in the limbo of Kennedy International Airport, The Terminal... More >>

  • Mad Skills

    published June 8, 2004

    There's a case to be made that the most acute chronicler of mid-20th-century American pop culture is the comic-book artist born Wolf William... More >>

  • Batteries Not Included: Stepford Remake Needs an Upgrade

    published June 8, 2004

    The Stepford Wives, a comic remake of the 1972 Ira Levin bestseller, directed by Frank Oz from Paul Rudnick’s script, is almost... More >>

  • Film

    published June 1, 2004

    Long ago and far away, a scary band of right-wing ideologues and muck-manufacturing opportunists undertook to putsch an American... More >>

  • Sympathetic Imelda Marcos Doc Walks a Mile in Her Shoes

    published June 1, 2004

    Its brand-name title crying out for an exclamation point, this documentary portrait of Imelda Marcos is ambivalently pleased to subsume the... More >>

  • Love in the Afternoon

    published June 1, 2004

    Avant-pop marches on—and with his unpronounceable name, unknown intentions, and casually uninflected camera placement, Apichatpong... More >>

  • Oshii and the Pink Robots

    published May 25, 2004

    CANNES, FRANCE—An island of introspection in a sea of hype, anime master Mamoru Oshii is a Yoda-like figure who giggles at... More >>

  • The Best (and Worst) of Cannes's Latin American Undercurrent

    published May 25, 2004

    CANNES, FRANCE—If East Asian pop (and pop art) permeated every section of Cannes, the festival was also characterized by a strong... More >>

  • Unknown Pleasures

    published May 25, 2004

    CANNES, FRANCE—Cannes, per one excited French headline, had produced "la Palme d'Or qui défie Bush." And the more that Quentin... More >>

  • Michael Moore Wins Palme d’Or

    published May 18, 2004

    CANNES, FRANCE—Wearing its politics on its sleeve, the jury at the 57th Cannes Film Festival bestowed its Palme d’Or on Michael... More >>

  • Film

    published May 18, 2004

    An unclassifiable film-school exercise—one part documentary, one part psychodrama, and one part mock manifesto—The Five... More >>

  • Who's Your Daddy?

    published May 18, 2004

    Unique in the history of cinema, Mario Van Peebles's Baadasssss! is a fictional account of the labors his father, Melvin Van Peebles,... More >>

  • All That Heaven Allows

    published May 11, 2004

    CANNES, FRANCE—If Cannes is cineaste heaven, as jury president Quentin Tarantino enthusiastically maintained in the 57th film... More >>

  • Film

    published May 11, 2004

    Finished—or perhaps abandoned—after nearly half a century of work, Ken Jacobs's monumental, monstrous Star Spangled to Death... More >>

  • Facing Death: Cambodian Terror Survivors Meet Captors

    published May 11, 2004

    S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine revisits the most extreme Communist regime to ever decimate a society—nearly a quarter of the... More >>

  • Seeing Double

    published May 11, 2004

    Every conflict is a contest of competing narratives—which is why the international Arab news channel Al Jazeera is an American bête... More >>

  • The Scenic Route

    published May 11, 2004

    Like the morning vapors rising from a river, a mist of unfulfilled longings veils the turbulence of Springtime in a Small Town, the... More >>

  • Film

    published May 4, 2004

    BRYANT PARK FILM FESTIVAL Mondays at sunset (rain dates on... More >>

  • Film

    published April 27, 2004

    The multi-talented gender-blur diva Jackie Curtis was too down-to-earth to qualify as a sacred monster, but Dusan Makavejev—who directed the... More >>

  • Spray It Forward: Green-Eyed Loser Misses Shitty Opportunity

    published April 27, 2004

    A somewhat perky, character-driven comedy of humiliation, Barry Levinson's Envy is named for that "green-eyed monster," which, per the... More >>

  • It's the Bomb

    published April 27, 2004

    Magnificent and absurd, the gigantic radioactive reptile known as Godzilla is the great movie monster of the post-World War II era—in part... More >>

  • Film

    published April 20, 2004

    For many infidels, the Jesus movie of choice remains Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 The King of Kings. This silent blockbuster was recently... More >>

  • The Sorrow and The Ditty

    published April 20, 2004

    The Saddest Music in the World is the funniest musical of the decade—the 1930s, that is. Guy Maddin's latest extravaganza, improbably... More >>

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