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Anemic Adaptation of Chéri Could Have Put Colette to Sleep Chéri
, June 24, 2009
'For the first time in my life, I felt morally certain of having written a novel for which I need neither blush nor doubt," Colette said of... More>>
Family Catharsis in the Courtroom in My Sister's Keeper My Sister's Keeper
, June 24, 2009
Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald's parents didn't just plan for her—they customized her in utero, with the specific end of providing spare... More>>
Quiet Chaos Vacuous, Desultory, with Laughs Poking Through Quiet Chaos
, June 24, 2009
What in the world ails Italian writer/actor/director Nanni Moretti, who made the wonderfully spry and funny Dear Diary (1993), then took a wrong... More>>
Local Color Talks About Art Local Color
What could be more artless?
, June 24, 2009
How is it that a film about the love of art can make art seem so detestable? Years before scripting Midnight Run and The Whole Ten Yards,... More>>
Not Even Larry David Can Salvage Woody's Whatever Works Not Even Larry David Can Salvage Woody's Whatever Works
Plus: Israel's own neurotic Etgar Keret's $9.99
, June 17, 2009
Character is destiny—at least for Woody Allen's Whatever Works. Allen's exercise in Woody Allen nostalgia opens with a snatch of Groucho... More>>
HEYANewfest HEYANewfest
But will young people come to Brooklyn?
, June 17, 2009
That BAMcinématek's inaugural 16-day festival looks to bring in something other than the mortuary crowds of Manhattan moviegoers is... More>>
The New York Asian Film Festival Is the Best Ticket in Town The New York Asian Film Festival Is the Best Ticket in Town
Still crazy after all these years
, June 17, 2009
It's back! Everyone's favorite pan-Asian cinematic WTF smorgasbord returns for another face-stuffing binge of robot penises, severed fingers,... More>>
Brecht, Godard, and Duvivier on DVD
, June 17, 2009
The time could hardly be more auspicious for a restored version of Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World?, the 1932 echt Weimar early talkie... More>>
Ocean Crises Lurk in End of the Line The End of the Line
, June 17, 2009
We're overwhelmed by crises these days (financial, terrorist, climate, mid-life), and, as if we needed to be depressed any further, each seems to... More>>
Under Our Skin Raises Alarm on Lyme Disease Under Our Skin
, June 17, 2009
Under Our Skin, like most activist documentaries, isn't content to merely make its case and get out of the room. It has to convince us we're... More>>
The Windmill Movie Resurrects a Filmmaker's Fragments from Beyond Grave The Windmill Movie
, June 17, 2009
If an obscenely privileged person has the good sense to apologize for his whining, does this self-awareness make the pity party any more... More>>
Zombie/Nazi Flick Dead Snow the Year's Gooiest Dead Snow
, June 17, 2009
Dude, that's not a regular zombie biting your neck, it's a Nazi zombie! Which means that the flesh-eaters in Dead Snow are better dressed than... More>>
Brighton Rock
, June 17, 2009
If nothing else, 1947's Brighton Rock marked the first time Graham Greene was pleased by an on-screen rendition of his work—but it's much... More>>
Sandra Bullock's The Proposal, HBO Instaclassic The Proposal
, June 17, 2009
Starring Sandra Bullock as the publishing-house boss who blackmails her assistant, played by Ryan Reynolds, into marrying her, lest she face... More>>
The Narrows Plays Name-that-New-York-Crime-Drama The Narrows
, June 17, 2009
Tatiana Blackington's screenplay may have been adapted from Tim McLoughlin's 2001 novel Heart of the Old Country, but director François A.... More>>
Papa Coppola's Tetro Returns, Successfully, to the Family Saga Tetro
, June 10, 2009
As Tetro, Francis Ford Coppola's baroque genealogical melodrama, reaches its appropriately hysterical denouement, Vincent Gallo fixes his pale... More>>
Bowie's Kid Makes Moon, a Space Oddity Moon
And Sam Rockwell thinks he'll blow our minds
, June 10, 2009
Moon, directed by British advert tyro Duncan Jones, is a modest science fiction film with major aspirations—and even its own genealogical... More>>
Truth and Tragedy at "Human Rights Watch 2009" Festival Truth and Tragedy at "Human Rights Watch 2009" Festival
, June 10, 2009
Bombs fall from the skies above Lebanon like metallic raindrops, tearing people to pieces and families apart. In Afghanistan, music fills the air... More>>
Blood on Tracks in Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
In this subway series, the original Pelham wins
, June 10, 2009
Want to know how a city works? Start by watching 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a primer in which subway hijackers test how long... More>>
Dying to Eat in Food Inc. Food, Inc.
Doc to America's food industry:  You're killing us!
, June 10, 2009
Anyone who has read The Omnivore's Dilemma or Fast Food Nation will experience a strong sense of déjà vu as the film Food, Inc.... More>>
Imagine That Survives Off Eddie Murphy and Poop Jokes Imagine That
, June 10, 2009
Eddie Murphy is a Denver investment consultant, Evan, with a workaholic schedule that leaves little space for his seven-year-old daughter, Olivia... More>>
Blast! Too Flat For Its Own Good Blast!
, June 10, 2009
Werner Herzog's five-year renaissance through man-versus-nature documentaries has trained one to expect Sturm und Drang mysticism and directorial... More>>
Don't Forget Beineix: Betty Blue at Cinema Village Betty Blue: The Director's Cut
, June 10, 2009
Though he hasn't made a film since 2001, New York art houses are ensuring we don't forget "cinéma du look" architect Jean-Jacques Beineix:... More>>
Sex Positive Traces Early Days of a Pandemic Sex Positive
, June 10, 2009
First-time filmmaker Daryl Wein wasn't even born when AIDS was first recognized by the CDC in 1981, but his documentary on Richard Berkowitz, one... More>>
Cavalier's Nervy Le combat dans l'ile a Dizzying Array of Dialectics Le combat dans l'ile
, June 10, 2009
Best known in the U.S. for his bracingly Brechtian, pre-Dogville Thérèse (a 1986 staging of the life of St. Thérèse... More>>
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