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Blood: The Last Vampire Will Have You Ready to Fall On Your Samurai Sword Blood: The Last Vampire
, July 08, 2009
After a couple weeks' worth of clever, what-the-fuck nuttiness at the New York Asian Film Festival, self-serious commercial pap like this... More>>
I Love You, Beth Cooper As Funny as a Hit and Run I Love You, Beth Cooper
, July 08, 2009
Did erstwhile John Hughes protégé and Harry Potter progenitor Chris Columbus fall behind on his payments on a sub-prime mortgage?... More>>
The Vanished Empire Tries Coming of Age in 70's Moscow The Vanished Empire
, July 08, 2009
Moscow, 1973: Not a wild and swingin' era, but veteran director Karen Shakhnazarov attempts the standard coming-of-ager anyway. Unable to take... More>>
Lingering Pauses of Lake Tahoe Must Be 10 Months Pregnant Lake Tahoe
, July 08, 2009
Coming down from the Saturday sugar rush of his 2006 comedy Duck Season, Mexican auteur Fernando Eimbcke's lovely, Yucatán-set dramedy... More>>
Agnès Varda Turns Her Life into a Beautiful Waking Dream The Beaches of Agnès
, July 01, 2009
The cinema, social theorist and sometime filmmaker Edgar Morin argued, is the model for our "mental commerce" with the world. Even awake and in... More>>
Larrain's Tony Manero Turns Fantasies to Nightmares Tony Manero
, July 01, 2009
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's alarming Tony Manero—named not for its protagonist, but rather his ego-ideal, John Travolta's character... More>>
Depp Does John Dillinger's Life and Crimes in Public Enemies Public Enemies
, July 01, 2009
"They're all about where people come from. Nobody seems to wonder where somebody's going." So says the Depression-era bank-robber-cum-folk-hero... More>>
"A Willie Nelson 4th of July" at Anthology "A Willie Nelson 4th of July" at Anthology
If you hate Willie Nelson, you hate America. Happy 4th!
, July 01, 2009
In 1973, Willie Nelson—idealist, crass opportunist, and periodic genius—threw a July 4th "picnic" jamboree, envisioned as a... More>>
20 Years in, Strand Still Releasing (Prudently) on the Edge
, July 01, 2009
Without the bold film distributor Strand Releasing, provocative work like Jacques Nolot's 2007 bracing hustler-memoir Before I Forget or Lucrecia... More>>
Lion's Den Buoyed by Heroine's Nuanced Performance Lion's Den
, July 01, 2009
Pablo Trapero's unpretentious prison drama wasn't exceptional enough to win the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes, but what's downright neglectful... More>>
Fifth Annual Afro-Punk Festival at BAM Fifth Annual Afro-Punk Festival at BAM
, July 01, 2009
BAM's fifth annual ode to black power and DIY revolution blows out the boom-box with a 20th-anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing (part of... More>>
The Girl From Monaco The Girl From Monaco
, July 01, 2009
There's not much to this thin, sun-drenched concoction about a straight-arrow Paris lawyer (Fabrice Luchini) who descends on the titular... More>>
Kabir Khan's Predictable 9/11 Drama New York New York
, July 01, 2009
The so–called Bollywood strike that has kept new Indian commercial movies off international screens for the past two months was more like a... More>>
No Breathing Life into Third Ice Ages Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
, July 01, 2009
Though hardly landmarks of narrative or animation art, the first two Ice Ages were warm and goofy and appealing; John Leguizamo's adorably... More>>
I Hate Valentine's Day, Vardalos' Ham-Fisted  Greek Wedding Rebound Flick I Hate Valentine's Day
, July 01, 2009
Introducing her new romantic comedy at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, writer/director/star Nia Vardalos warned attending critics who had... More>>
Bollywood Takes L.A. in Kambakkht Ishq Kambakkht Ishq
, July 01, 2009
The Bollywood–gone–Hollywood Kambakkht Ishq makes a convincing argument that the problem with comparably cheesy American romantic... More>>
The Hurt Locker, Ticking Time Bomb of a Movie The Hurt Locker
As unconventional as the warfare it depicts
, June 24, 2009
Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts your nerves in a... More>>
Interview: Kathryn Bigelow Goes Where the Action Is
, June 24, 2009
Adrenalist auteur Kathryn Bigelow, 57, makes genre hybrids so exciting and engrossing that they get to be unnerving—which is part of the... More>>
Jennifer Lynch Returns Triumphant with Surveillance Surveillance
She brings Julia Ormond along for the ride
, June 24, 2009
Jennifer Lynch has been tarred with the unfounded claim that her films get made only because of who her father is. David Lynch serves as... More>>
10 Rillington Coolly Documents the Case of an Infamous Lady Killer 10 Rillington Place
It's all in the execution
, June 24, 2009
More highly regarded these days than when it was released in 1971, Richard Fleischer's 10 Rillington Place is a grimly efficient treatment of a... More>>
Michael Bay Can't Live Up to Michael Bay in Transformers Part 2 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, June 24, 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a bewildering, noisy, sloppy, cynical piece of work, a movie that sneers at the audience for 147 minutes... More>>
Agnès Varda From 0 to 80 Agnès Varda From 0 to 80
Talking with a grande dame of French cinema
, June 24, 2009
On the eve of her 80th birthday, filmmaker Agnès Varda, frequently referred to as "the godmother of the French New Wave," made the... More>>
Afghan Star Documents American Idol Translated to a Closed Society Afghan Star
, June 24, 2009
If you think it's impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking's documentary... More>>
"Japan Cuts" at Japan Society
, June 24, 2009
Overall tamer than the New York Asian Film Festival's pop freakout (the two series co-present nine of their films, including must-sees like Love... More>>
A Particularly Appalling Application of Sharia Law in Stoning of Soraya M. The Stoning of Soraya M.
, June 24, 2009
For those ambivalent about whether stoning women to death is a cruel punishment or not, here's The Stoning Of Soraya M., a dutifully plodding, if... More>>
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