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The Capably Mediocre Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
, December 22, 2009
Closing out a pretty great year for children's movies—Up, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline among them—Betty Thomas's... More>>
Avatar's Sticker Shock (and Awe) Avatar
There are some things that even money can't buy
, December 15, 2009
The money is on the screen in Avatar, James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and, like the Hope Diamond... More>>
Fellini Fantasy Meets a Harsh Reality in Rob Marshall's Nine Nine
, December 15, 2009
There's no city-clogging traffic jam in Nine, the musicalized version of Federico Fellini's movie-about-moviemaking urtext 8 1/2, but the result... More>>
Country Music, Faded Stardom, Liquor, and Age in Crazy Heart Crazy Heart
, December 15, 2009
Yesterday's honky-tonk hero, Bad Blake, arrives at a Clovis, New Mexico, bowling alley. It's another in a string of low-paying, low-turnout gigs... More>>
Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King and Karl May on DVD
For the filmaficionado on your list
, December 15, 2009
What to get the continentally inclined cinephile who has everything? Last year's must-have DVDs were the long-awaited director-authorized... More>>
Jacques Tati Retro at MOMA Jacques Tati Retro at MOMA
The director plays straight man in his own comic world
, December 15, 2009
Was any comic as fixated on (mis)perception as Jacques Tati? "Sight gag" doesn't begin to cover the worlds Tati designed—a seaside village,... More>>
The Trial of Joan of Arc at Anthology The Trial of Joan of Arc
, December 15, 2009
Big-screen interpretations of Joan of Arc are often ridiculous (Jean Seberg in Saint Joan, Milla Jovovich in The Messenger), can be epically... More>>
Magical Realism and Maternalism in François Ozon's Ricky Ricky
, December 15, 2009
The titular infant on the poster for Ricky bears a striking resemblance to the cherub on the cover of Van Halen's 1984 (minus the cig). And, like... More>>
Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday at BAM His Girl Friday
, December 15, 2009
Howard Hawks's 1940 His Girl Friday reworked a decade-old Broadway smash, The Front Page, in which adversarial paper editor and star reporter... More>>
Jean-Marc Vallée's Plodding Young Victoria The Young Victoria
, December 15, 2009
Man, British heritage cinema can be dull when assembly-lined for the export market. Laboring under lampshade millinery, hair that looks like... More>>
Under the Eightball Confronts History of Lyme Disease Under the Eightball
, December 15, 2009
Angry passion and visual energy define this extraordinary muckraking documentary. The anger and rage that ignite it stem from the puzzling... More>>
With 3-D CGI, Peter Jackson Makes a One-Dimensional Lovely Bones The Lovely Bones
, December 08, 2009
A one-film cabinet of curiosities, The Lovely Bones turns the most successful CGI director of the '00s loose on one of the decade's prime... More>>
Better to Look Good than Be Good for Tom Ford's A Single Man A Single Man
, December 08, 2009
Too much is never enough for fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford, whose debut feature flaunts its capital-A Artiness the way some... More>>
Herzog Ups the Wacko in My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
, December 08, 2009
Elaborating on his new career as the master of the jive-talking, echt-American, extravagantly titled faux–straight-to-DVD policier, Werner... More>>
'Beyond the Absurd: Ronald Tavel & Andy Warhol' at Anthology 'Beyond the Absurd: Ronald Tavel & Andy Warhol' at Anthology
The man behind some of Warhol's best work
, December 08, 2009
It wasn't called the Factory for nothing. Andy Warhol was a master of the aesthetic assembly line—harnessing all manner of talents in his... More>>
Reconciliation, If Not Truth, in Clint Eastwood's Invictus Invictus
, December 08, 2009
Aside from Morgan Freeman, who makes a fabulous Nelson Mandela, there's this to savor about Invictus, a rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly... More>>
'Madcap Manhattan' Series at Film Forum 'Madcap Manhattan' Series at Film Forum
You know you're a NYer when . . . you recognize locations in these movies. Ba da bum.
, December 08, 2009
The 39 comedies—screwball, black, musical, and otherwise—in Film Forum's "Madcap Manhattan" series span the Jimmy Walker through the... More>>
Dino Risi, Making it Look Easy, at MOMA
, December 08, 2009
Law student Roberto is bullied away from his desk when an obstreperous stranger, Bruno, barges into his apartment to use the phone, then drags... More>>
Broken Lizard's Likably Stoopid Slammin' Salmon The Slammin' Salmon
, December 08, 2009
Likably stoopid, the latest from comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Beerfest) mines plenty of jokes from eating out and being served.... More>>
The Marginally Compelling Sincerely Yours Sincerely Yours
, December 08, 2009
Closing the fall edition of MOMA's once-a-month ContemporAsian series—an ongoing survey of little-seen festival fare—is a... More>>
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
, December 08, 2009
Employing a recognizably Bollywood aesthetic (punchy colors, rhetorical camera flourishes, wall-to-wall soundtrack) but eschewing the dance... More>>
George Clooney in Up in the Air Up in the Air
Getting fired sux, but Jason Reitman says u will b OK l8r
, December 01, 2009
Up in the Air goes down like a sedative. This is a movie that's easy to like—and to dislike as well. Less adapted from than inspired by... More>>
Until the Light Takes Us: A Norwegian Black Metal Documentary Until the Light Takes Us
Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's film is missing details, and the devil that's in them
, December 01, 2009
The subject of Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's documentary is Norwegian Black Metal, a scorched-earth subset of thrash that materialized around... More>>
The Order of the Universe in Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun
, December 01, 2009
Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun, a feature-length assemblage by the 57-year-old Austrian architect-filmmaker-musician Gustav Deutsch last seen at the... More>>
'James Whale Festival' at Film Forum 'James Whale Festival' at Film Forum
From Frankenstein's lab to Robeson's river
, December 01, 2009
Idle and ailing, James Whale drowned himself in his swimming pool in 1957—shades of the obsolete Englishman-in-Hollywood from Evelyn... More>>
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