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The Last House on the Left's Exploitation is Quaintly Nostalgic The Last House on the Left
Rape revenge. Yawn.
, March 11, 2009
"That was the most offensive display of sexualized violence I have ever seen," one wilting fellow in need of a camphor hankie was overheard... More>>
Less Bumbling: The Meta-Mumbling of Joe Swanberg’s Alexander the Last Alexander the Last
, March 11, 2009
Two blond sisters, their faces inches apart, exchange mock wedding vows in bright sunlight; when they get to the man-and-wife part, they slip... More>>
Two Dance Icons, One Love Story in Carmen & Geoffrey Carmen & Geoffrey
, March 11, 2009
Co-directors Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob open their exquisite documentary Carmen & Geoffrey with a black-and-white clip of a 1950s dance... More>>
Z at Film Forum Z
, March 11, 2009
The left-wing leader assassinated in Costa-Gavras's 1969 thriller célèbre dies not from a sharp-shooter's bullet but from a whack... More>>
Vikings Go Severed Ways, Obscenely Severed Ways
, March 11, 2009
Should someone have stopped Tony Stone before he spent months in the Vermont wilderness resurrecting the age of Leif Ericson with a couple of... More>>
Sunshine Cleaning Has Makings of a Great Showtime Series Sunshine Cleaning
, March 11, 2009
More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters, and it feels... More>>
Miss March: Sprays like an Exploding Colostomy Bag Miss March
, March 11, 2009
“That’s four years’ worth of poop,” a doctor remarks when Eugene (Zach Cregger)—who wakes up from a coma after his best... More>>
Escape to Witch Mountain: Pure Boilerplate Escape to Witch Mountain
, March 11, 2009
This remake of Disney’s 1975 classic Escape to Witch Mountain is pure, if mildly enjoyable, boilerplate: A spaceship crashes on earth and... More>>
The Cake Eaters Offers Genuinely Sweet, Forgettable Indie Fodder The Cake Eaters
, March 11, 2009
There's no kind of wonderful in Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, yet however slight her ensemble drama—about two distressed... More>>
Zack Snyder Didn't Ruin Watchmen Watchmen
He just sapped it of its superpower.
, March 04, 2009
The most eagerly anticipated (as well as the most beleaguered) movie of the year (if not the century), Watchmen is neither desecratory disaster... More>>
Rip Torn, Roaring, at Anthology Rip Torn, Roaring, at Anthology
Making bizarre look easy (and bizarre)
, March 04, 2009
Has any American actor of the last half-century more steadily and willingly hurled himself into the celluloid breach than that barrel-chested... More>>
French Connections at 14th "Rendez-Vous" French Connections at 14th "Rendez-Vous"
Hits, misses, and a whole lotta crazy at this year's showcase of new Gallic cinema
, March 04, 2009
New Yorkers are fortunate enough to have a rendezvous with French cinema all year long, in any year; 2008 alone saw the release of movies like La... More>>
"Focus on IFC Films" at BAM
Featuring indie spirit, for good and evil
, March 04, 2009
Storied 44-year-old distributor New Yorker Films defaulted into dust this week. The passing was announced on their website—seemingly... More>>
Tokyo!
, March 04, 2009
Does anyone remember Japan? The tri-part Tokyo! revisits the Land of the Lost Decade—or at least its largest city—courtesy of tourist... More>>
12 Remakes 12 Angry Men for Russia 12
, March 04, 2009
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2008, Russian actor/director Nikita Mikhalkov's masterful, engrossing 12 is finally finding... More>>
Carlos Saura's Fados Reviews a Portuguese Folk Tradition Fados
, March 04, 2009
"The Fado" is a dolorous folksong tradition from Portugal, first sung in the early 19th century by barefoot peasants mending nets and... More>>
Explicit Ills More Sweet-Tempered Than Preachy Explicit Ills
, March 04, 2009
A tender ensemble slice of inner-city Philly life to wash out the foul taste of Crossing Over's far more explicit ills, The Hottest State star... More>>
Leave Her to Heaven at Film Forum Leave Her to Heaven
, March 04, 2009
Within the span of two years, the otherworldly beauty Gene Tierney starred in two films with the same celestial destination: Lubitsch's 1943... More>>
Everlasting Moments Looks Great, But It's a Missed Photo Op Everlasting Moments
, March 04, 2009
Lovely to look at but too slow and deliberate to get lost in, Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments is a tribute to still photography filtered through... More>>
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
, March 04, 2009
"Sometimes you must stand up when standing is not easy," goes the movie’s mantra (or something to that effect); most viewers will come away... More>>
Bollywood Thriller 13B
, March 04, 2009
This Bollywood thriller opens promisingly enough with a bustling montage of p.o.v. shots that suggest household appliances are spying on a... More>>
Elle Fanning Transcendent in Phoebe in Wonderland Phoebe in Wonderland
, March 04, 2009
Nine-year-old Phoebe Lichten (Elle Fanning) is every parent's dream and nightmare—a talented child for whom school presents few challenges,... More>>
Echelon Conspiracy Echelon Conspiracy
, March 04, 2009
The box-office suicide title refers to the National Security Agency’s database for collecting surveillance material. Echelon... More>>
Sherman's Way Plays Like a Rinky-Dink Redo of Eastbound & Down Sherman's Way
, March 04, 2009
Director Craig Saavedra and writer Tom Nance's collaboration plays like something out of an indie-film paint-by-numbers. Take a richie-rich,... More>>
Reunion Goes as Skin-Deep as its Screenplay Reunion
, March 04, 2009
Upwardly mobile dullards with unchecked superiority complexes, all members of an early-'80s Yale secret society, reconvene at the 10-year... More>>
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