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Casi Divas Hustles to Please Casi Divas
, August 18, 2009
Casi Divas, a none-too-clever but hustling-to-please Mexican comedy, concerns a diverse citizenship drawn together across dividing lines—of... More>>
Soggy Post Grad Misses More than One Mark Post Grad
, August 18, 2009
Post Grad tries to do three things at once—and half-hits the mark on only one. Part of it is wacky Little Miss Sunshine family time, with... More>>
Five Minutes of Heaven Frays Your Nerves Like Cheap Horror Flick Five Minutes of Heaven
, August 18, 2009
Guy Hibbert's novel-writing process for Five Minutes of Heaven is an interesting experiment. In 1975, Ulster Alistair Little killed Catholic Joe... More>>
Robert Rodriguez's CGI-Overload, Shorts Shorts
, August 18, 2009
Austin's rebel without a crew, Robert Rodriguez works in exactly two filmmaking modes: fast, cheap, genre violence (the El Mariachi trilogy, Sin... More>>
Sikandar a Corking Narrative and Cognent Sketch of Violence Sikandar
, August 18, 2009
A simple, cautionary tale gone berserk with potboiling twists and a moral ambition as lush and layered as the Kashmir Valley, Sikandar reveals... More>>
Disaffected Youth in I'm Gonna Explode, The Headless Woman May Make You Lose Yours Disaffected Youth in I'm Gonna Explode, The Headless Woman May Make You Lose Yours
, August 11, 2009
Film journals aside, the 50th anniversary of the nouvelle vague—which might have been celebrated last year for The 400 Blows or this year... More>>
My Führer Lacks Gall My Fuhrer
Das racist? Das boring.
, August 11, 2009
Round up the sacred cows! The German National Socialist Party, previously the unassailable bastion of political legitimacy, is coming down a... More>>
Aliens as Apartheid Metaphor in District 9 District 9
, August 11, 2009
The aliens have been with us for 20 years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp's fast and furiously inventive District... More>>
On the Run with Gerardo Naranjo
, August 11, 2009
"Raising hell." The expression captures Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo in multiple ways: Not only is it the colloquial translation for the... More>>
Earth Days Revisits Environmentalism's Early Years Earth Days
, August 11, 2009
Veteran doc maker Robert Stone (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Oswald's Ghost) assembles nine talking, graying heads to reminisce about... More>>
György Pálfi's Batshit Crazy Taxidermia Taxidermia
, August 11, 2009
A batshit-crazy whatsit that applies a dazzling visual vocabulary to gleefully crass buffoonery, Taxidermia suggests a Jackass flick as directed... More>>
Cloud 9 Dithers Like One Long Fretful Afternoon Cloud 9
, August 11, 2009
Seamstress Inge (Ursula Werner), professorial husband Karl (Horst Westphal), and silver fox Werner (Horst Rehberg) form a Berlin love triangle... More>>
The Abundantly Interior Decorated Time Traveler's Wife The Time Traveler's Wife
, August 11, 2009
A dapper (mostly) contemporary costume drama, The Time Traveler's Wife is abundantly interior-decorated in vintage rococo. Eric Bana, to his... More>>
Spread Melts into Sloggy Comeuppance Tale Spread
, August 11, 2009
Broke-ass hustler Nikki (Ashton Kutcher, who also produced) may not have a home or a car, but he does possess "six inches and a pretty face," in... More>>
Ponyo Appeal Not Limited to Romper Room Set Ponyo
, August 11, 2009
In the same week that the South African import District 9 gives us a Johannesburg beset by alien invaders, the latest film by animation legend... More>>
The Briskly Vulgar The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard The Briskly Vulgar The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
, August 11, 2009
Making headline writers' lives everywhere easier: The Goods doesn't deliver. Don Ready (Jeremy Piven, not changing a note from Entourage) is a... More>>
Captain Abu Raed Showcases a Promising Young Filmmaker's Powers Captain Abu Raed
, August 11, 2009
Abu Raed (Nadim Sawalha) is an elderly widower who works as a janitor at the international airport in Amman, Jordan. He's well-read,... More>>
Yasukuni Explores Persistence of Pathology Yasukuni
, August 11, 2009
Li Ying's Yasukuni begins with Japanese men reading long speeches in memory of the heroic dead of World War II, and the quick revelation that, in... More>>
It Might Get Loud Not Cranked to 11 It Might Get Loud
, August 11, 2009
Marketed as a guitar summit between The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White, Davis Guggenheim's affectionate, intermittently insightful... More>>
Grace, a Cautionary Tale of Lesbian Vegans, Maybe? Grace
, August 11, 2009
A muddled, logic-starved provocation, Grace avoids smugness by refusing to play its body horror for shits and giggles, but its resonance is... More>>
Bandslam's Cleverness Clamors Through Brainless Plot Bandslam
, August 11, 2009
Deep into this latest ride on the High School Musical bandwagon, the death of a main character's father is treated as less devastating than the... More>>
Andrew Bujalski Grows Up with Beeswax Beeswax
With a sure hand, the still-laid-back and lo-fi mumblecore matures
, August 04, 2009
Though no one's idea of an action film, Andrew Bujalski's Beeswax feels less charmingly aimless than its radically slight precursors Funny Ha Ha... More>>
In Praise of the Julia Half of Julie & Julia Julie & Julia
, August 04, 2009
It was the best of movies. It was the worst of movies. Which is to say: There's half of a great movie in Julie & Julia—but since Meryl... More>>
William Lustig's 'Buried Treasures' at Anthology William Lustig's 'Buried Treasures' at Anthology
Presenting a '70s hit list where the results aren't pretty
, August 04, 2009
A dude in a tapered-collar rayon shirt splashed with tempera blood slo-mo backflips through a window, soundtracked to fuzz bass—this is how... More>>
'Brit Noir' at Film Forum
Celebrating the spiv movie
, August 04, 2009
Having devoted the past few summers to putting the French back in noir, Film Forum crosses the channel for a month of crime films made in the... More>>
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