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Neat Rendering of Where is Where? Can't Contain Its Vague Ideas Where is Where?
Eija-Liisa Ahtila's own gloss on midcentury French unrest
, September 29, 2009
"Vague ideas must be confronted with clear images," famously reads a bit of graffiti in Godard's La chinoise, but such clarity is missing in... More>>
Do Knot Disturb: A Histrionic, Sexless Bedroom Farce Do Knot Disturb
(If you don't know what an item number is, then trust me, this one's probably not for you.)
, September 29, 2009
Not attempting to buck any trends of the modern Bollywood blockbuster, director David Dhawan's 18th feature collaboration with beloved comic... More>>
Paranormal Activity: Old-School Scares, Refreshingly Blood-Free Paranormal Activity
There’s hope for the world after all?
, September 29, 2009
For Katie (Katie Featherston), a San Diego college student, things have been going bump in the night since she was eight years old and a ghost... More>>
Five Must-See Films From the New York Film Festival Five Must-See Films From the New York Film Festival
, September 22, 2009
The 47th New York Film Festival (September 25 through October 11) features some things old, some things new, and some new things by directors who... More>>
With Antichrist, Charlotte Gainsbourg Rises With Antichrist, Charlotte Gainsbourg Rises
An interview with Cannes's 2009 Best Actress
, September 22, 2009
Seconds after the world premiere of Lars von Trier's Antichrist at Cannes in May, Charlotte Gainsbourg's performance was already the stuff of... More>>
New York Film Festival 2009: Director Alain Resnais, 87 Years Young New York Film Festival 2009: Director Alain Resnais, 87 Years Young
, September 22, 2009
"After the cinema, nothing surprises you. Everything is possible." So says the lovesick obsessive Georges Palet in a scene from Wild Grass, the... More>>
New York Film Festival 2009: The Year of Over-80 Filmmakers New York Film Festival 2009: The Year of Over-80 Filmmakers
100 is the new 60
, September 22, 2009
Alain Resnais is merely one of four filmmakers over the age of 80 bringing new work to this year's fest—and, at 87, he isn't even the... More>>
New York Film Festival 2009: This Year's Documentaries New York Film Festival 2009: This Year's Documentaries
, September 22, 2009
Each year, a documentary or two peers out from the narrative ranks of the New York Film Festival, which has, in the past, premiered work by... More>>
New York Film Festival 2009: Resurrecting Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno New York Film Festival 2009: Resurrecting Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Serge Bromberg brings the never-finished disasterpiece back to haunting life
, September 22, 2009
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1950s' run, including The Wages of Fear and Les diaboliques, made him an international name. Inferno, his... More>>
Michael Moore Is Now a Marxist for Capitalism: A Love Story Capitalism: A Love Story
But he's still selling the same old shtick
, September 22, 2009
The ushers at a packed screening of Michael Moore's latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, came proudly decked out in T-shirts bearing slogans... More>>
Chanel Hagiography Is So Last Season in Coco Before Chanel Coco Before Chanel
, September 22, 2009
Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel gives us Belle Époque Coco, opening in 1893 with a grim scene of the 10-year-old waif and her sister... More>>
John Krasinski Makes a Mess of DFW's Hideous Men Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
, September 22, 2009
"Everything I write ends up being about loneliness," said the late writer David Foster Wallace in a 1999 interview on the radio show "Bookworm."... More>>
Just Another Day in Michael Almereyda's Paradise Paradise
Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
, September 22, 2009
Being trapped by a stranger's home movies might ordinarily feel akin to the Ludovico treatment from A Clockwork Orange, but director Michael... More>>
Lord of the Flies Meets J. Crew Spread in The Boys Are Back The Boys Are Back
, September 22, 2009
In the Oscar derby for Best Actor, is it better to die or to grieve? Clive Owen opts for the latter route in this strained, sentimental... More>>
The New Fame: Sanitized Moppets Sing the Body Generic Fame
A drag-queen-less field trip to Lucky Cheng's
, September 22, 2009
Baby, look at me. Gone are Leroy’s cornrows, short-shorts, and leg warmers: The anodyne adolescents in 25-year-old Kevin Tancharoen’s... More>>
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Wusses Out I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
, September 22, 2009
Tucker Max got famous through a website detailing how being an asshole to women constantly got him laid, making him a hero to frat boys and a... More>>
Mumblecore Father Henry Jaglom Trudges on with Irene in Time Irene in Time
, September 22, 2009
Casually dismissed by those who place a premium on things like narrative, visual lucidity, and editorial smoothness, writer/director/emotional... More>>
Clichés of Pandorum Get Sorta Interesting Pandorum
, September 22, 2009
Despite too many cheap, sound-cue scares and a slow-boil plot that veers between tension and tedium, Pandorum—a dead-serious, horror/sci-fi... More>>
The Blue Tooth Virgin Hates Arty Stuff, Too The Blue Tooth Virgin
, September 22, 2009
For anyone who has ever hated a movie because it's too "arty" or "edgy," here comes The Blue Tooth Virgin to agree with you and argue that... More>>
Surrogates: Bruce Willis is Fine; So Are Radha Mitchell's High-Heeled Acrobatics Surrogates
, September 22, 2009
A montage of news footage crisply introduces the not-too-distant future, where the world’s white-collar professionals live vicariously... More>>
Blind Date Suffers from Restrictions of an Ode Blind Date
, September 22, 2009
In honor of Dutch provocateur Theo van Gogh—who was murdered in 2004 by an Islamic extremist, angered by one of his films—Van Gogh's... More>>
Array of Talking Heads Line In Search of Beethoven In Search of Beethoven
, September 22, 2009
In Search of Beethoven plays like a good, if necessarily condensed critical biography. Drawing from archival letters, interviews with... More>>
The Sometimes Riveting Infomercial The Providence Effect The Providence Effect
, September 22, 2009
Tucked in the closing credits for Rollin Binzer's documentary The Providence Effect is a line noting that all proceeds from the film will be... More>>
Bright Star, an Ode to John Keats's Great Love Bright Star
, September 15, 2009
Set in the bucolic suburbs of early-19th-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion's Bright Star recounts the love... More>>
Family Drama, Sans Screaming, in Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum 35 Shots of Rum
, September 15, 2009
Recent American films about families, like last year's Rachel Getting Married and Revolutionary Road, all too often pierce eardrums with... More>>
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