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2007 Stories by Jim Ridley

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  • Gypsy Caravan

    published June 5, 2007

    Don't wait for Jasmine Dellal's doc to end up broken between pledge-drive pitches: This joyous portrait of the 2001 "Gypsy Caravan" tour—a... More >>

  • Lost Boy

    published May 29, 2007

    Call it The Death of the Cool. Shot as the vinyl LP was nearing the off ramp to oblivion, as rap and MTV were shoving jazz even farther to... More >>

  • 'Barry Lyndon'

    published May 15, 2007

    An object of widespread derision when released in 1975—anyone remember the Mad magazine parody, "Borey Lyndon"?— Stanley... More >>

  • 'Angel-A'

    published May 15, 2007

    What if you took It's a Wonderful Life and replaced George Bailey with a scruffy Parisian con man and swapped Henry Travers's doddering... More >>

  • 'The Changeling'

    published May 8, 2007

    Jacobean tragedy at its most lurid, tightly wound, and unforgiving, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's 1622 play is a blood-spattered horror... More >>

  • 'Civic Duty'

    published April 24, 2007

    Playing a creep even colder than the stiffs he tended on Six Feet Under, Peter Krause makes a bid to become the poster child of post-9/11... More >>

  • 'L'Iceberg'

    published April 24, 2007

    If the sight gag is dead, this excruciatingly precious Belgian comedy is less a resurrection than an autopsy. Made by a troupe of actors with a... More >>

  • 'Kickin' It Old Skool'

    published April 24, 2007

    This ostensible comedy may be a new depths-of-hell low in the Emmanuel Lewis filmography, but for star Jamie Kennedy it's par for the coarse.... More >>

  • Six Lives to Live

    published April 3, 2007

    The ubiquitous snowfall that blankets Alain Resnais's Private Fears in Public Places is a king-sized box of Hollywood soapflakes. As... More >>

  • 'The Hills Have Eyes II'

    published March 20, 2007

    War movie, horror movie—the difference is negligible in the grim sequel to last year's hit remake of Wes Craven's 1977 mutant thriller.... More >>

  • 'First Snow'

    published March 13, 2007

    Destiny is as loophole-free as an IRS audit in this appointment-in-Samarra yarn from Children of Men screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk... More >>

  • 'Dead Silence'

    published March 13, 2007

    Terror takes a drink of water and talks simultaneously as the makers of Saw bring you the ultimate in ventriloquist horror! Director James... More >>

  • 'The Page Turner'

    published March 13, 2007

    Sure, The Page Turner looks and sounds like an NPR junkie's idea of thrill-crazy hothouse fare, but the title of Denis Dercourt's... More >>

  • Life During Wartime

    published March 6, 2007

    History written not in lightning but in shivery, flickering nitrate, Blockade brings to mind the old saw that movies about the past are... More >>

  • 'The Abandoned'

    published February 20, 2007

    A punishing dose of zombie Chekhov for lifetime Fangoria subscribers, the first feature by Spanish splatter maven Nacho Cerdà traps... More >>

  • 'Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls'

    published February 13, 2007

    In his third gospel-comedy feature—his second as director, and his first without a starring role— actor-writer-producer-director Tyler... More >>

  • 'Hannibal Rising'

    published February 6, 2007

    This comically fastidious telling of the Hannibal Lecter origin story completes the extreme makeover of grindhouse fare that The Silence of the... More >>

  • 'The Messengers'

    published January 30, 2007

    O h, boy—a shocker set against the terrifying backdrop of North Dakota sunflower farming! Get ready for the ultimate in Helianthus horror as... More >>

  • Spoiler Alert

    published January 23, 2007

    It is November 7, election day in America, the year of our Lord 2000, and en route to the ballot (screen, chad dimpler, whatever) every hand... More >>

  • When Dad's a Nazi

    published January 16, 2007

    Hanns Ludin, as remembered by his children, was a bon vivant and a lover of jokes, good food, and wine. And as Hitler's man in Slovakia during... More >>

  • 'The Hitcher (2007)'

    published January 16, 2007

    While the rest of Hollywood exhausts the world's reserves of recyclable 1970s schlock—is that a poster in the megaplex lobby for the... More >>

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