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9, Shane Acker's Animated Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape 9
WALL-E would never get out alive.
, September 08, 2009
Early in Shane Acker's computer-animated debut feature 9, a diminutive anthropomorphic whatsit with wooden hands, copper fingers, and the titular... More>>
Joe Berlinger's Remarkable Crude Crude
Toxic battle between big oil and dying natives in Ecuador gets vérité treatment
, September 08, 2009
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it's thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction, serpentine... More>>
Fall Guide: Juliette Binoche Talks Paris and Dancing Fall Guide: Juliette Binoche Talks Paris and Dancing
, September 08, 2009
Juliette Binoche must have signed a deal with the devil, since there's no other logical explanation for why this Oscar-winning French actress... More>>
Memory, Identity, Politics, and Lady Parts at Latinbeat 2009 Memory, Identity, Politics, and Lady Parts at Latinbeat 2009
, September 08, 2009
Arriving just in time to defy the recent assertion of the New York Press's head film critic that the land of tango, Jorge Luis Borges, Lucrecia... More>>
Modern Jewish Dilemmas Aired in The Rashevski Tango The Rashevski Tango
, September 08, 2009
Just about every dilemma of modern Jewish identity gets an airing in this densely packed tale of a clan of more or less secularized Belgian Jews... More>>
Michael Douglas Collects a Paycheck for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
, September 08, 2009
Of his empty, completely unnecessary remake of Fritz Lang's 1956 thriller, writer-director-cinematographer-producer Peter Hyams explains in the... More>>
Over-Cooked Not Forgotten Hard to Take Seriously Not Forgotten
, September 08, 2009
A thriller that wants to be taken seriously probably shouldn't feature Borat's hairy, rotund comic, Ken Davitian, in the role of a somber... More>>
Tracking a Southern Voyage with Walt & El Grupo Walt & El Grupo
, September 08, 2009
In 1941, with financial woes mounting and an animators' strike making his studio anything but the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney took... More>>
No Impact Man Tests Limits of Man's Carbon Footprint, Wife's Patience No Impact Man
, September 08, 2009
The bold environmental project Colin Beavan began in the fall of 2006—to expunge his carbon footprint by giving up material consumption,... More>>
Cross-Country Photoshoot with Indistinguishable Twins in Give Me Your Hand Give Me Your Hand
, September 08, 2009
It's usually a dangerous sign when a director casting about for an idea gets fascinated by twins: For every Dead Ringers, there is a Twin Falls... More>>
40 Years in the Making, The Painter Sam Francis The Painter Sam Francis
, September 08, 2009
The name in the title belongs to the California-born artist who, set up in Saint-Germain-des-Prés during the 1950s, was at the vanguard of... More>>
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop Gogol Bordello Non-Stop
, September 08, 2009
A whirling dervish of rafter-swinging rebellion, gypsy-punk rockers Gogol Bordello (led by handlebar-mustached beanpole Eugene... More>>
The Title Pretty Much Says It: I Can Do Bad All by Myself I Can Do Bad All by Myself
, September 08, 2009
If you are the director, producer, writer (adapting your own stage play), and co-star of a film, you really show how bad you can do all by... More>>
The Highly Unnecessary Sister: Sorority Row Sorority Row
, September 08, 2009
The first credit to roll for Sorority Row, director Stewart Hendler’s highly unnecessary remake of a 1983 slasher, is for a character known... More>>
Off-Putting Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly Explores Minority Identity Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly
, September 08, 2009
Chinese-Indonesian director Edwin's debut feature about minority identity cycles through installation-style segments that evoke a sense of being... More>>
The Other Man Wastes Terrific Cast on Dreary Filmmaking The Other Man
, September 08, 2009
Whatever initial life there might have been in a story by German writer Bernhard Schlink (The Reader) has been crushed to a pulp by... More>>
Tiresome Pottymouthing in Skiptracers Skiptracers
, September 08, 2009
Set in East Bufu, Alabama, from a mostly first-timer cast and tyro director, Skiptracers concerns the Trawick brothers, J.D. and Tucker,... More>>
Mike Judge Sides with Management in Extract Extract
, September 01, 2009
Here for Labor Day—a comedy about the hilarity and heartbreak of running a small business. A decade after his succès d'estime Office... More>>
'Mondo Fandom' at Anthology 'Mondo Fandom' at Anthology
Traversing the parking lots, tribute shows, and courtrooms of extreme rock devotion
, September 01, 2009
The road of the Kiss tribute band runs through New Britain, Wallington, and Nyack, and is hard. The road of the Elvis impersonator, with its... More>>
Jobber Adrift at Sea Takes Leave in Liverpool Liverpool
, September 01, 2009
As with his previous films, Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's Liverpool is defined by its trajectory: A taciturn isolato—here, a... More>>
Days of Being Wild in Unmade Beds Unmade Beds
Alexis Dos Santos shows promise and pitfalls in youth
, September 01, 2009
A youthful movie made by, about, and largely for youthful hipsters, Alexis Dos Santos's Unmade Beds is an ambitious neo–new wave portrait... More>>
Suspiria Shock: Two Runs in Two Weeks Suspira
, September 01, 2009
Better known these days (and maybe for the rest of time) as Asia's dad, Dario Argento is the last representative of Italy's tenacious genre... More>>
Displacement Dramedy Gets a Spin with Amreeka Amreeka
, September 01, 2009
The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the... More>>
Tickling Leo Adds to Holocaust Film Grammar of Succeeding Generations Tickling Leo
, September 01, 2009
A new Holocaust film grammar is forming about what it means to be a succeeding generation, suspended between the impulse to forget and the urgent... More>>
American Casino Snipes at America's Subprime Bloodsuckers with TV-Blandness American Casino
, September 01, 2009
At the very least, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson owes Denzel Mitchell a nice e-card: Mitchell, a Baltimore high school teacher, was one... More>>
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