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After the Death Penalty, Still Fighting for Justice in Incendiary: The Willingham Case Incendiary: The Willingham Case
, October 05, 2011
Conservative Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry comes across as the poster child for unjust death-penalty fanaticism in... More>>
A Mash Note to Fishbone in Everyday Sunshine Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
, October 05, 2011
They should have been the band that went way beyond any of us who were influenced by them,” says Primus’s Les Claypool about... More>>
Immigrant Song, A Journey in Fragments in The Nine Muses The Nine Muses
, October 05, 2011
Anglo-Ghanian filmmaker John Akomfrah’s feature montage The Nine Muses is a running dialogue between its different layers. There is a... More>>
Two Harvard Grads, Two WWII Stories, in A Twentieth Century Tale A 20th Century Tale
, October 05, 2011
A brief, loose, and rather meager addition to the swaying pile of WWII-ephemera documentaries, Richard Kaplan’s A 20th Century Tale... More>>
Butch Cassidy is Alive and Well and Living in Blackthorn Blackthorn
, October 05, 2011
Riffing on how outlaw Butch Cassidy’s life might have gone had he survived in South America, this modest oater should tickle western fans.... More>>
New Orleans' Gay Ball Culture, For the Record, in The Sons of Tennessee Williams The Sons of Tennessee Williams
, October 05, 2011
Not until the final minutes of Tim Wolff’s The Sons of Tennessee Williams does the documentary come to life. As images of an over-the-top... More>>
Martin Sheen, Traveling in his Son's Footsteps in The Way The Way
, October 05, 2011
The Way might lack the Chicken Soup for the Soul imprimatur, but writer/director Emilio Estevez’s travelogue tale of fathers and sons... More>>
Runaway Teens Rockin to the '80s in Dirty Girl Dirty Girl
, October 05, 2011
A feeble teenage-outcast movie set in 1987, Dirty Girl exists primarily as a vehicle for first-time writer-director Abe Sylvia’s favorite... More>>
Life Lessons from the Poors in The Women on the 6th Floor The Women on the Sixth Floor
, October 05, 2011
The pleasing sounds of Carmen Maura’s whispery Castilian lisp open this 1962-set film about the friendship between a Parisian captain of... More>>
1911: Jackie Chan, What Happened? 1911
, October 05, 2011
Once upon a time in Hong Kong, there was a man named Jackie Chan who made reckless, bounding, entertaining movies. You might squint and see that... More>>
NYFF: The Lineup, Plus 5 Must-Sees NYFF: The Lineup, Plus 5 Must-Sees
, September 28, 2011
Golden anniversary approaching, the New York Film Festival maintains a singular position. Because it’s curated rather than competitive, the... More>>
NYFF: Life is (Alexander) Payne NYFF: Life is (Alexander) Payne
, September 28, 2011
I don’t think about the home where my films will land,” says Alexander Payne, free-range in a film culture fenced off into art house... More>>
NYFF: And the Ladies Have It NYFF: And the Ladies Have It
5 complex female characters, 5 remarkable performances
, September 28, 2011
While gentlemen thespians such as Fassbender, Clooney, and Banderas hog all the headlines, the real story at this year’s New York Film... More>>
Dream House Dream House
, September 28, 2011
Even more than with his 50 Cent-headlined gangsta-drama Get Rich or Die Tryin', Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father, In America) proves... More>>
Apocalypse Now: Financial and Mental Meltdown in Take Shelter Apocalypse Now: Financial and Mental Meltdown in Take Shelter
, September 28, 2011
Standing outside his small-town Ohio home, his wife and child busy preparing breakfast inside, Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) looks up at the... More>>
What's Your Number What's Your Number
, September 28, 2011
Freaked by a faux-scientific scare article in Marie Claire (how's that for product placement?) claiming that women who burn through "too many"... More>>
Cancer Memoir Meets Seth Rogen Comedy in the Slightly Uncomfortable 50/50 50/50
, September 28, 2011
One single scene captures the tricky tonal balance of Jonathan Levine’s cancer comedy 50/50. Adam, the straightedge radio producer played by... More>>
Sarah Palin, You've Been Broomfield'd! You Betcha Is Revelation-Free Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
, September 28, 2011
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! is Nick Broomfield’s attempt to, as he puts it, “find out about the real Sarah from the people who know her... More>>
Interrogation Tapes Take Us Inside Gitmo in You Don't Like the Truth You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo
, September 28, 2011
You Don’t Like the Truth focuses on the pathetic manipulations of Canadian intelligence officers as they interrogate Toronto-born Omar... More>>
A Trucker's Bizarre Drive, Chaos at Every Turn, in My Joy My Joy
, September 28, 2011
Imagine the early, hellaciously bleak work of Cormac McCarthy transposed to the corrupt outlands of modern Russia and/or Ukraine and composed... More>>
Is She Crazy, Traumatized, or Just a Teenager? Margaret Finally Released Margaret
, September 28, 2011
Shot in 2005––lead actress Anna Paquin, now 29, credibly plays a 17-year-old––Margaret was delayed first by the editing room... More>>
Courageous: Subtle As A Chastity Ring Courageous
, September 28, 2011
A belligerent and hokey sermon on faith and family, Courageous preaches ad nauseum about the intertwined values of cherishing God and being a... More>>
Revenge Rides Into Town, with No Guns in Sight, in Post-Apocalyptic Bunraku Bunraku
, September 28, 2011
A manic mishmash of tropes from video games, puppet theater, and comic books that unabashedly references Kurosawa, Tarantino, and Shaw Brothers,... More>>
Congolese Street Musicians, Making Themselves Heard, in Benda Bilili Benda Bilili
, September 28, 2011
When French filmmakers and music lovers Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tuyalle landed in the Congo in 2004 with the intention of recording some... More>>
Matt Damon Will School You: In Praise of Educators in American Teacher American Teacher
, September 28, 2011
One of the right wing’s favorite punching bags—and even, increasingly, the left’s— is the teaching profession. Director... More>>
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