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Boy A Examines the Infamous Child Murderer
, July 23, 2008
"So fuckin’ delicate, people . . . they die so easily," says a supporting character to the titular Boy A, whose barely audible two-word... More>>
Even When It's Ripping Off Juno and The Hills, American Teen Is Fascinating American Teen
High-school heroes and zeros roam the halls of this 'documentary'
, July 23, 2008
Notwithstanding all the pundit-driven hot air about the horrors of being young in today’s America, I’m willing to buy the argument that... More>>
Late Bloomer, a Handicapped Taxi Driver Late Bloomer, a Handicapped Taxi Driver
, July 23, 2008
"People who grin all the time, you never know what they're up to," says a friend of beer-guzzling, porn-watching, hardcore-show- attending,... More>>
Red 71 Red 71
, July 23, 2008
Why is a large, lisping man named Shane rolling through Tucson in his Cadillac? And whence that mysterious gentleman in a mechanic's uniform and... More>>
Back to Normandy Back to Normandy
, July 23, 2008
Determined to cast only locals in his adaptation of Michel Foucault's I, Pierre Rivière, director René Allio combed Normandy in... More>>
CSNY: Déjà Vu CSNY: Déjà Vu
, July 23, 2008
Neil Young wanted to tour the country that re-elected George W. Bush, dole out some demerits, light some fires, and maybe even sell a few copies... More>>
Canary Canary
, July 23, 2008
Canary begins on the false promise of momentum: Twelve-year-old Koichi (Hoshi Ishida) is on the lam from child-welfare agents, who nabbed him in... More>>
The Order of Myths The Order of Myths
, July 23, 2008
"I think you'll learn a lot of history," says a grim-faced dressmaker (black) to Mardi Gras queen Helen Meaher (white) early in The Order of... More>>
No Regret No Regret
, July 23, 2008
No Regret begins as a perceptive glimpse into a specific gay subculture, then descends halfway through into Korean melodrama hell; put both parts... More>>
Baghead from Jay and Mark Duplass Baghead
, July 23, 2008
Basically, this is a movie in which two half-assed couples—barely lit old flames Matt (Ross Partridge) and Catherine (Elise Muller) and... More>>
Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited
, July 23, 2008
Making notes in 1949 for a review of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited , George Orwell wrote that “Waugh is about as good a novelist as... More>>
Heath Ledger Peers Into The Abyss in The Dark Knight The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan's Batman returns, delivers the kick-ass goods
, July 16, 2008
What a brooding pleasure it is to return to Christopher Nolan's Gotham City—if "pleasure" is the right word for a movie that gazes so... More>>
Jacques Nolot Approaches His End in Before I Forget Jacques Nolot Approaches His End in Before I Forget
A defiant old gigolo grasps at the embers of memory before they—and he—turn to ash
, July 16, 2008
The man awakes from a restless sleep and makes himself a pot of coffee. The kitchen light falls down on his wavy hair, more salt than pepper, and... More>>
Lou Reed's Berlin is All New York Lou Reed's Berlin
Julian Schnabel captures the music, moment, and mood of Reed's once-maligned record
, July 16, 2008
The most epic musical moment at this year's South by Southwest Festival was a Lou Reed tribute extravaganza, a tented Texan sweatfest that saw... More>>
David Gordon Green Moves to the Mainstream? David Gordon Green Moves to the Mainstream?
And is that a bad thing?
, July 16, 2008
Has David Gordon Green gone pop? The question hovers over BAMCinématek's retrospective, which culminates in a preview of Pineapple... More>>
The Human Condition Is Very Long
Not to get hung up on time or anything, but did we mention that this three-part WWII bummer is very long? (Like, Long.)
, July 16, 2008
Cineastes often share a mutual reverence for auteurist films that far exceed conventional running times—an admiration that might just be... More>>
Mamma Mia! Drains the Fun Out of ABBA Mamma Mia!
Thank you for the music. But your movie’s kinda drab.
, July 16, 2008
I've always enjoyed ABBA—not in that post-hoc, so-bad-it’s good hip way, but innocently, the way I like Phil Spector. To this day,... More>>
Lincoln Center Throws its Spotlight on Slovenia
, July 16, 2008
With its retrospective on Slovenian cinema, Lincoln Center sets out to prove that intelligent cinematic life exists in the post-Communist... More>>
Brad Anderson's Transsiberian Transsiberian
, July 16, 2008
Though not one for literal smoke and mirrors, master of horror Brad Anderson, with his panache for arousing fear from harried reality and rotted... More>>
Mad Detective from Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai Mad Detective
, July 16, 2008
More in the shaggy-dog style of his Running on Karma or Fulltime Killer than the epic scope of the Election movies or Exiled, this straight-faced... More>>
Kirk De Micco's Space Chimps Space Chimps
, July 16, 2008
“Dad, which was your favorite part of Space Chimps?” asked the four-year-old the day after a media sneak peek. “Dunno,... More>>
Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town Wonderful Town
, July 16, 2008
In its first of mostly prolonged shots, the coastal waves along the southern Thai ghost town of Takua Pa break over and over with the tragic... More>>
The Man Who Bottled Clouds The Man Who Bottled Clouds
, July 16, 2008
Making its world premiere as part of "Premiere Brazil!", MOMA's annual showcase of current Brazilian filmmaking, The Man Who Bottled Clouds... More>>
Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson's Brief Documentary A Man Named Pearl A Man Named Pearl
, July 16, 2008
Feature-length elaborations on quirky, inspiring human-interest stories are generally to be avoided, but I'll make an exception for A Man Named... More>>
Ric Roman Waugh's Felon Felon
, July 16, 2008
Clearly overcompensating for all the aggression that he couldn't get out of his system as the wheelchair-bound Augustus Hill on HBO's Oz and the... More>>
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