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Frozen's Charmless Characters Try Inane Ideas Frozen
, February 02, 2010
Remember how abandoned you felt when Open Water's scuba diving couple were left behind in the ocean to die? Well now you can feel it all over... More>>
The Unrewarding, Middlebrow Falling Awake Falling Awake
, February 02, 2010
A commonplace Bronx tale about a Latino pretty boy who has a shot of escaping the gang violence in his dead-end neighborhood through... More>>
Pioneering Coming Out Doc Word Is Out at Anthology Word Is Out
, January 26, 2010
In the summer of 1976, a thin, bearded 23-year-old gay man with braces on his teeth sat on a bench by a pond near the University of... More>>
The Safdie Brothers Hit Sundance (and BAM) with Daddy Long Legs Daddy Long Legs
, January 26, 2010
Every Sunday afternoon, Marjorie Eliot hosts a jazz concert in her Harlem living room. Strangers file in, fill up a few dozen folding chairs, and... More>>
Revenge for Mel Gibson in Edge of Darkness Edge of Darkness
, January 26, 2010
"Did you shoot my daughtah?" is the question posed, in flat-voweled Bostonian, in the trailer for Edge of Darkness. And Mel Gibson, much-bereaved... More>>
For My Father, Old-School Social Melodrama (Plus Bombs) For My Father
, January 26, 2010
Israel seems to have its own form of prestige cinema, where tortured suicide bombers and rending intergenerational conflict signal what period... More>>
The Sharp, Nasty 44 Inch Chest 44 Inch Chest
, January 26, 2010
A quintet of pathetic pals are sized up in this often-sharp, nasty exposé of masculinity, written by Sexy Beast scripters Louis Mellis and... More>>
Steve Buscemi's Bad Luck as the Saint John of Las Vegas Saint John of Las Vegas
, January 26, 2010
"When I lived in Las Vegas, I had plenty of luck. The trouble is, most of it was bad." So John Alighieri (Steve Buscemi) introduces himself in... More>>
North Face's Harsh Conditions Don't Lie North Face
, January 26, 2010
No, not the parkas. The fearsome north face of the Eiger mountain became the object of national socialist obsession during the '30s. An Olympic... More>>
Nicole Opper's Keen Character Study, Off and Running Off and Running
, January 26, 2010
At 15 years old, Avery is a bright, gorgeous, gifted athlete who is very much loved by her white Brooklyn Jewish lesbian mothers. She's also... More>>
Late-Life and Times with Bill Withers in Still Bill Still Bill
, January 26, 2010
The smooth, purposeful voice that pushed "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me" up r&b and pop charts airs late-life-crisis grumbles and practiced... More>>
When in Rome: A Small Victory for Romantic Comedies When in Rome
, January 26, 2010
The bar for romantic comedies has been set so low that when one—especially one whose press materials boast "from the studio that brought you... More>>
Frederick Wiseman at MOMA Frederick Wiseman at MOMA
The curious (meticulous, ravenous) work of the 80-year-old filmmaker
, January 19, 2010
Riding high after blockbuster runs of La danse, Frederick Wiseman enters his sixth decade of filmmaking in style, with an upcoming film and a... More>>
Who Killed Teddy Bear
The seedy '60s, revived. Of course, Elaine Stritch was there the first time.
, January 19, 2010
In a career spanning almost seven decades, Elaine Stritch has played some legendary straight-shooters: onstage, both as Joanne in Stephen... More>>
The Girl on the Train, Human Experience Lathered Into a Tone Poem The Girl on the Train
Star Émilie Dequenne is enchanting
, January 19, 2010
For better or worse, there isn't a human experience that French director André Téchiné can resist lathering into a tone... More>>
, January 19, 2010
Already a blogosphere punching bag for right-wing Christians, Creation—about Charles Darwin's writing of On the Origin of... More>>
A Room and a Half
, January 19, 2010
Condemned under the Soviets to internal exile for "social parasitism" (more commonly known as poetry), Joseph Brodsky fled to the West in 1972... More>>
The Paranoids, Gabriel Medina's Chokingly Offbeat Debut The Paranoids
, January 19, 2010
When he isn't dressing up in a fuzzy costume for children's birthday parties, scribbling notes for his perpetually unfinished screenplay, or... More>>
Pop Star on Ice: Johnny Weir Mouthing Off Pop Star on Ice
, January 19, 2010
Pop Star on Ice doesn't so much follow figure skater Johnny Weir as offer him a platform on which to mouth off, punctuated with practice and... More>>
Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
This latest from the cottage industry of Cohen-in-concert memorabilia
, January 19, 2010
This latest from the cottage industry of Cohen-in-concert memorabilia (I'm Your Man, Under Review, Live in London) offers the best vintage... More>> Film Series: A Triple Bill of Same-Sexer-Themed Movies
, January 19, 2010
The social-networking site presents a triple bill of same-sexer-themed movies. In descending order, from middling to empirically bad:... More>>
To Save a Life Wants To Rescue Kids from the Satanic Messages of Gossip Girl To Save a Life
, January 19, 2010
What would teenage Jesus do if he felt responsible for a childhood pal's suicide, knocked up his girlfriend, and played too much beer pong?... More>>
Civil Rights Anthems As Youth Ear Candy: Soundtrack for a Revolution Soundtrack for a Revolution
, January 19, 2010
If you don't already know the history of the American civil rights movement (seriously?), of how everyday folks became nonviolent freedom... More>>
Family Comedy Gone Limp: Tooth Fairy Tooth Fairy
, January 19, 2010
It’s hard to know what Dwayne Johnson has less faith in: his talent or his audience. Though hardly a comedic dynamo, Johnson has generated... More>>
In Extraordinary Measures, Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford Save the Children Extraordinary Measures
, January 19, 2010
John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) is, for the time being, the doting father of three kids. One son and a beatifically-smiling daughter could go any... More>>
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