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Matt Damon's WMD of a Movie, Green Zone Green Zone
Finally confirming the big lie, Hollywood-style
, March 09, 2010
Better late than never—a bang-bang pulse-pounder predicated on the Bush administration's deliberate fabrication of WMD in Iraq. Paul... More>>
Love, Angst, and Robert Pattinson In Remember Me Remember Me
, March 09, 2010
Putatively a new romance starring Robert Pattinson, Remember Me begins like a vigilante movie: A Brooklyn subway platform, 1991; a racially... More>>
Bong Joon-ho's Mother Instinct Mother
, March 09, 2010
Mother, Bong Joon-ho's follow-up to The Host—the killer killer-tadpole allegory that was an international gross-out sensation, as well the... More>>
Leo Hurwitz Retro at Anthology Leo Hurwitz Retro at Anthology
Lefty, blacklistee, and documentary trailblazer
, March 09, 2010
After the documentary world's boldface names of the 1920s and '30s—Robert Flaherty, Joris Ivens, Pare Lorentz—the typical... More>>
Noah Baumbach On His New Film, Greenberg Noah Baumbach On His New Film, Greenberg
, March 09, 2010
Noah Baumbach is 40 years old. He just learned how to drive. A native New Yorker, the writer/director started spending time in Los Angeles when... More>>
Zoe Kazan Seizes the Day in The Exploding Girl The Exploding Girl
Coming-of-age, done right
, March 09, 2010
Those expecting action-movie pyrotechnics from Bradley Rust Gray's The Exploding Girl will be disappointed—the only loaded weapon in this... More>>
(White, Male) Screenwriters Speak in Tales From the Script Tales From the Script
, March 09, 2010
Not surprisingly for a documentary on the trials, tribulations, and occasional triumphs of being a Hollywood screenwriter, Tales From the Script... More>>
'That's Montgomery Clift, Honey!' at BAM 'That's Montgomery Clift, Honey!' at BAM
The accident changed Monty's face, and his life, but not his talent
, March 09, 2010
Star-struck James Dean would call up Montgomery Clift just to hear the sound of his voice. Watching dailies of The Misfits (1961), co-star Clark... More>>
"Marguerite Duras on Film" at Anthology Marguerite Duras on Film
The doyenne of French letters and her own industry of trance-y movies
, March 09, 2010
It’s not quite Tab Hunter’s fantasy arthouse drive-in in Polyester, advertising “Dusk to Dawn: Three Marguerite Duras Hits,”... More>>
Zhao Dayong's Sprawling Ghost Town Ghost Town
, March 09, 2010
Rightly singled out during its NYFF run, Zhao Dayong's loose, baggy monster of a documentary distills six years of footage from Zhiziluo, Yunnan... More>>
Children of Invention Offers No Spurious Uplift Children of Invention
Just American dreams, both wonderful and warped
, March 09, 2010
The young director Tze Chun is not a flashy filmmaker, but he understands the vulnerability of immigrant workers in the sleazy sub-rosa economies... More>>
The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights
, March 09, 2010
Marriage, sexual ambiguity, and the distant, muted foxiness of the band's drummer have been the subtext of every White Stripes album (and review... More>>
Dave Boyle's White on Rice White on Rice
, March 09, 2010
A hapless fool only a family member could love, the Tokyo-born Hajime (Hiroshi Watanabe), a/k/a Jimmy, has a gift for offending women, as well as... More>>
A Soldier's Thankless Job Bravely Documented in Severe Clear Severe Clear
, March 09, 2010
Between the past few years' worth of Iraq War docs and on-the-ground TV reports, it's easy to collectively believe that we definitively... More>>
Cultures Clash Unconvincingly in Our Family Wedding Our Family Wedding
, March 09, 2010
An unconvincingly broad culture-clash comedy whose Latino and African-American ensemble might've made for a progressive film if director and... More>>
The Sub-Televisually Incompetent Stolen Stolen
, March 09, 2010
First-time scripter Glenn Taranto was inspired to write Stolen after reading an article about the real-life, unsolved "Boy in the Box" murder... More>>
T.J. Miller Is Main Selling Point of She's Out of My League She's Out of My League
, March 09, 2010
This isn't entirely without its selling points, chief among them T.J. Miller, who's a cross between Seth Rogen and Jason Segal—paging Judd... More>>
Kornél Mundruczco's Incest Movie, Delta Delta
, March 09, 2010
A strangely elegiac incest movie, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczo’s Delta relies so heavily on ellipses and atmospherics that the... More>>
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
Not nearly curiouser and curiouser enough
, March 02, 2010
Walt Disney mulled an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for decades before producing an animated feature in 1951, although by all accounts, he... More>>
Q&A with Bluebeard's Catherine Breillat Q&A with Bluebeard's Catherine Breillat
On sisterly love, sadomasochism, and serial killing
, March 02, 2010
With Bluebeard, Catherine Breillat—perhaps the most willful feminist provocatrice in cinema today, whose stroke in 2004 made her even more... More>>
The Oscars' Six Most Outrageous Moments The Oscars' Six Most Outrageous Moments
Statues of no limitations—the Academy Awards bring the crazy
, March 02, 2010
After a protracted, numbing awards season, this Sunday's Oscar broadcast promises the drama of two ex-spouses battling for Best Picture and Best... More>>
The Illuminating Power of Oscar Nominee, The Secret of Kells The Secret of Kells
, March 02, 2010
If there's an Oscar race that might be worth following this year, it's the one for Best Animated Feature. Out of nowhere, The Secret of Kells, an... More>>
Rotterdam's Tiger Awards at BAM
Not that  Tiger.
, March 02, 2010
Only a month after crowds and critics of all nations stopped slipping outside of Rotterdam theaters, 14 festival veterans play Brooklyn, as BAM... More>>
Brooklyn's Finest, Three Movies You've Seen Wrapped Into One Brooklyn's Finest
, March 02, 2010
Filled with every cop-movie convention since the invention of gunpowder and curse words, Brooklyn's Finest is three movies in one, all of which... More>>
Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss
, March 02, 2010
Lecturing at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival after a screening of The Great Sacrifice, the hallucinatory romance directed by the notorious Veit... More>>
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