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2007 Stories by Nick Pinkerton

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  • The Comedy of Power

    published December 25, 2007

    When Judd Apatow's sophomore directorial effort, Knocked Up, opened gangbusters this summer, it wasn't reviewed so much as it was bukkake'd... More >>

  • Otto Focus

    published December 25, 2007

    Otto Preminger belongs to film history; beyond that, the consensus ends. Was he the artist-crusader who stared down the MPAA, Cardinal Spellman,... More >>

  • Danny Glover, Gary Clark in Honeydripper

    published December 18, 2007

    Proprietor Pine Top Purvis (Danny Glover) has everything riding on having a break-the-bank weekend, the only chance he's got to save his club.... More >>

  • This Girl's Life

    published December 11, 2007

    Persepolis is a small landmark in feature animation. Not because of technical innovation—though it moves fluidly enough, and its... More >>

  • Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

    published December 11, 2007

    How do you depict the unfathomable? Can tragedy be re-created without cheapening it? These are the familiar questions passed between interviewees... More >>

  • The Great Debaters

    published December 11, 2007

    First: Just register the laziness of that title. All right. The Inspiring True Story behind Great Debaters is the 1930's championship... More >>

  • Arranged

    published December 4, 2007

    A film setting out to tell of the unlikely friendship between an Orthodox Jew and a devout Muslim must struggle mightily to avoid building-bridges... More >>

  • The Singing Revolution

    published December 4, 2007

    The title refers to the Estonian independence movement, incubated through the country's stifled years as a Soviet satellite, when the sole outlet... More >>

  • Man in the Chair

    published November 27, 2007

    Finally, stripling movie nerds get their own art-house Karate Kid! A student filmmaking contest pits troubled, working-class teen Cameron... More >>

  • Revolver

    published November 27, 2007

    For any high-fivin' "Movies for Guys Who Like Movies" bros hoping for the Guy Ritchie of yore, Revolver disappoints. It's no return to... More >>

  • 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris

    published November 27, 2007

    "Jackie Paris" is a name long relegated to the memories of record collectors and jazz columnists; 'Tis Autumn modestly attempts to correct this... More >>

  • The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard

    published November 20, 2007

    A fussily photographed Québécois prestige job remaking Invincible for the poutine crowd, Rocket reminisces on the era... More >>

  • Chronicle of an Escape

    published November 20, 2007

    A strong performance at the Argentine box office confirming its national-historical import, Chronicle of an Escape dramatizes the... More >>

  • Diaspora Cinema

    published November 6, 2007

    As the name suggests, the two-week African Diaspora Film Festival's 72-film-deep program stakes claim to a vast territory—there's work here... More >>

  • The Whole Shootin' Match

    published November 6, 2007

    Native Texan writer-director Eagle Pennell's allegiance was with the also-rans. In 2002, with seven films to his credit but his hustle gone, he... More >>

  • Divorce, Italian Style

    published October 30, 2007

    The capstone of Film Forum's Pietro Germi mini-retrospective is the director's most popular work, his mid-career turn to wheeling commedia... More >>

  • Holly

    published October 30, 2007

    Shot concurrently with a "raising awareness" documentary on child prostitution in Southeast Asia (by the tellingly named Priority Films),... More >>

  • Darfur Now

    published October 23, 2007

    Can-do pep is the resonant key in this profile of six individuals, spread across three continents, working to provide relief in western Sudan.... More >>

  • Beyond Boundaries: The Emergence of Croatian Cinema

    published October 23, 2007

    Currently underway, "Beyond Boundaries" intersperses a retrospective look at the golden age of Yugoslav cinema, from the '50s through the '70s,... More >>

  • Good Luck, Sarkozy

    published October 16, 2007

    BAMcinématek's five-film showcase—the latest incarnation of an annual series that premieres a selection of recent French films as yet... More >>

  • The Living and the Dead

    published October 16, 2007

    Championed by sausage-fingered scribes administrating websites with names like FilmDeviantz.org, this Brit product, set amid the degenerate... More >>

  • Epic Proportions

    published October 9, 2007

    A four-chapter, nearly eight-hour rendition of Tolstoy's Napoleonic-era opus, War and Peace represents more than a prestige... More >>

  • A Young Mongol Herder and a Livestock Plague

    published October 2, 2007

    Bagi (Batzul Khayankhyarvaa, a non-professional actor) is a young Mongol herder sharing a yurt with his depleted family on their ancestral... More >>

  • James Gray's We Own the Night

    published October 2, 2007

    Of all the members of a generation of filmmakers who wanted to be the next Scorsese, James Gray was different: He wanted to be the next Scorsese,... More >>

  • Gregory Wilson’s The Girl Next Door

    published October 2, 2007

    Among the shocking revelations awaiting the viewer of Gregory Wilson’s The Girl Next Door: Beneath the 1950’s seemingly placid... More >>

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