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'The Next Director: So  Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray' at BAMcinématek 'The Next Director: So  Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray' at BAMcinématek
, December 01, 2009
The Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne of Brooklyn-based independent filmmakers, So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray are partners in work and life.... More>>
Big River Man More Grizzly Man Than Superman Big River Man
, December 01, 2009
This doc is not a colorful geezer story, though its first half-hour is shaped like one. The fiftysomething Slovenian marathon swimmer Martin... More>>
Gigante Never Quite Crests Gigante
, December 01, 2009
The title refers to Jara (Horacio Camandule), a swaybacked lug who stands a head taller than his co-workers at a warehouse-size Montevideo... More>>
R. Balki's Paa: Possibly the Strangest Bollywood Blockbuster Yet Paa
, December 01, 2009
If Francis Ford Coppola's gentle dramedy Jack and last year's oddball melodrama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were two circles in a Venn... More>>
Busta Rhymes Carries Low-Rent Breaking Point Breaking Point
, December 01, 2009
You'd figure by this point in cinematic history that there'd already be a low-rent crime thriller starring Tom Berenger and Armand Assante titled... More>>
Jim Sheridan's Brothers Aims For Tragedy, Hits PTSD Melodrama Brothers
Toby Maguire produces slobber as effortlessly as Natalie Portman summons tears
, December 01, 2009
Jim Sheridan's remake of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2005 original on the familial and psychic trauma caused by Operation Enduring Freedom... More>>
Father Doesn't Know Best when Father's De Niro in Everybody's Fine Everybody's Fine
, December 01, 2009
Don't be misled by the cheesy, generic poster for Kirk Jones's Everybody's Fine, in which a grinning Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Kate... More>>
19th Century Inuits in Before Tomorrow Before Tomorrow
, December 01, 2009
Moving from a wondrously virgin Arctic springtime to an equally untouched, though far less inviting, winter snowscape, and shifting from a... More>>
Buried Trauma, Literally, in Loot Loot
, December 01, 2009
The phase "buried trauma" turns literal in Darius Marder's doc about a weary entrepreneur's search for booty hidden at the close of World War II.... More>>
Tolstoy's Final Days in The Last Station The Last Station
, December 01, 2009
Opening with balalaikas, scurrying agrarians in collarless shirts, and helpful intertitles announcing that Tolstoy was "the most celebrated... More>>
Dave Foley Goes Lower than Celebrity Poker for The Strip The Strip
, December 01, 2009
Could Dave Foley prostitute his talent to amuse any further without actually becoming a prostitute? In a plunging step down from emceeing... More>>
Timothy Hutton and Meg Ryan in Serious Moonlight Serious Moonlight
, December 01, 2009
Timothy Hutton is duct-taped to the potty, and Meg Ryan is just plain potty in this posthumously produced Adrienne Shelly script directed by... More>>
Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne in Armored Armored
, December 01, 2009
A crew of working-stiff armored truck personnel decide to lift their own payload with a heist plan that no one would ever attempt outside a... More>>
Hillenbrand Bro Draxploitation Spoof Transylmania Transylmania
, December 01, 2009
Humping the vampire trend, straight-to-DVD director bros David and Scott Hillenbrand get some multiplex action by shoehorning their usual... More>>
Viggo Mortensen's The Road Takes Path of Least Resistance The Road
, November 24, 2009
The Road, Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize–winning, Oprah-endorsed, post-apocalyptic survivalist prose poem—in which a father and his... More>>
Disney's Princess and the Frog Can't Escape the Ghetto The Princess and the Frog
, November 24, 2009
Six decades after unleashing persistent NAACP bugaboo Song of the South (1946), and two after firmly suppressing it, that peculiar cultural... More>>
Pippa Lee, Desperate Housewife The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Married in the 'burbs—can we really expect anything but comatose?
, November 24, 2009
Rebecca Miller's fourth feature may be the only film you'll ever see with both Cornel West and Monica Bellucci in minor roles. But it is also... More>>
Small Change at IFC, A Winter Portrait at Alliance Française Small Change at IFC, A Winter Portrait at Alliance Française
No mugging for the camera for François Truffaut
, November 24, 2009
Literally translated as "Pocket Money," the title of François Truffaut's 1976 film gets at something meager and precious about childhood.... More>>
Richard Linklater's Orson Welles Puts on Quite a Show Me and Orson Welles
, November 24, 2009
The most significant American artist before Andy Warhol to take "the media" as his medium, Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously... More>>
Paranoia Sets into Ursula Meier's Home Home
, November 24, 2009
The opening scenes of Home—a nighttime game of street hockey, a bathing session that turns into a five-way splash fight—establish the... More>>
'Celebrating Chekhov' and Ward No. 6 'Celebrating Chekhov' and Ward No. 6
, November 24, 2009
With "Celebrating Chekhov," Lincoln Center compiles seven screen adaptations from the good doctor. Of the five Soviet-era productions, 1970's... More>>
Zombies More Fun than Limb-Snapping Ninja Assassin Ninja Assassin
, November 24, 2009
Isn't that a tautology—both ninja and assassin? Redundancy aside, having braved zombies in 28 Days Later, Naomie Harris now faces a... More>>
17th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival
, November 24, 2009
Homecomings, corruption, and applied radicalism recur as concerns throughout the customary big-tent selection of this year's African Diaspora... More>>
Nicolas Cage Makes Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant Almost Fun Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
, November 17, 2009
The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara who, exploding in fury... More>>
Aleksandr Sokurov's The Sun Meditates on Hirohito The Sun
, November 17, 2009
The most perverse installment of Aleksandr Sokurov's dictator cycle, The Sun follows the Russian director's meditations on Hitler (Moloch, 1999)... More>>
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