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Director Wayne Price's The Doorman The Doorman
, July 16, 2008
In The Doorman, director Wayne Price uses documentary techniques, including a pitch meeting with his actual producer, to suggest that his study... More>>
Take Take
, July 16, 2008
Take sketchily crisscrosses narrative strands involving a man on death row and the working-class mother whose life he has ravaged. Taking... More>>
A fat woman and an anorexic walk into a movie. . .
, July 16, 2008
Disfigured hangs a lot of heavy issues on a rickety, too-cute premise: A fat woman, Lydia (Deidra Edwards), becomes friends with an anorexic,... More>>
A Very British Gangster A Very British Gangster
, July 16, 2008
I'm not sure what makes Dominic Noonan "very British," other than the fact that he hails from Manchester, but the hero of journalist Donal... More>>
The Art of War: Full Battle Rattle and La France Full Battle Rattle
Two films—one a documentary about war games, the other a WWI romance—find fantasy in the fight
, July 09, 2008
The epitome of brutal realism, war on the ground is the subject of elaborate fantasy in two deceptively modest, highly self-conscious films, Tony... More>>
The Exiles: Soul and the City The Exiles
The 1961 'lost' classic gets its long overdue theatrical debut
, July 09, 2008
'The old people remember the past," a narrator says early in The Exiles over a prologue of Edward S. Curtis photographs—faces of aged... More>>
Devil May Care About Hellboy II Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Big Red returns in a mindless, revved-up sequel
, July 09, 2008
Hollywood's Endless Superhero Summer rolls on with the arrival of Hellboy II: The Golden Army from Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro,... More>>
Journey To The Center of the Earth: Pretty Much a Demo Reel Journey to the Center of the Earth
Brendan Fraser falls into a deep, deep hole
, July 09, 2008
Let's be clear about one thing: Journey to the Center of the Earth is more a demo reel than a narrative feature. It's a decent, if overly... More>>
La Rivière Gentille
, July 09, 2008
The most recent of three documentaries screening in anticipation of the career retrospective of French artist Louise Bourgeois, which comes to... More>>
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired's Dizzying Leaps to Judgment Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired's Dizzying Leaps to Judgment
Was Roman Polanski a pedophile or merely a patsy?
, July 09, 2008
Along its winding road to crucifying the American judiciary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired—which aired to mostly warm reviews on HBO a... More>>
Asian American International Film Festival
Christine Choy's Long Story Short, John Wootak Kwon's Always Be Boyz, and more
, July 09, 2008
Twenty-two features and a whole platoon of shorts—simple logistics limit the critic-as-consumer-guide. In large, you've just got to peruse... More>>
T. Sean Shannon's Harold Harold
A strenuously stale comedy with Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch, Cuba Gooding Jr.
, July 09, 2008
The long stretches of dead air that, it can only be assumed, were supposed to be filled by laughter provide ample time for pondering what... More>>
Achim Bornhak's Exasperating Eight Miles High
This biopic is the biggest buzzkill that could possibly come of so much raw material.
, July 09, 2008
Groupie Uschi ("ooh-she") Obermaier has a name that's fun to say and a youth that reads like it was even more fun to live, but Eight Miles High,... More>>
The brothers Sterling fight to keep their NYC-based Internet startup afloat
, July 09, 2008
August plays out almost entirely in the testing fire of crisis, as the brothers Sterling fight to keep their NYC-based Internet startup afloat.... More>>
Days and Clouds
, July 09, 2008
Elsa (Margherita Buy) and Michele (Antonio Albanese) have a problem: They're a married couple in a middlebrow arthouse movie. When Elsa gets her... More>>
Jarek Kupsc's The Reflecting Pool The Reflecting Pool
, July 09, 2008
Jarek Kupsc's investigative conspiracy drama wants to be this generation's All the President's Men, but instead of focusing on real characters... More>>
Garden Party, A Squeaky-Clean Fantasy About "Struggling" Garden Party
Jason Freeland's commercially calculated ensemble drama
, July 09, 2008
A gaggle of unblemished Los Angeles transplants face a squeaky-clean fantasy version of "struggling" in Jason Freeland's trivial, commercially... More>>
The Stone Angel, a Stubbornly Affecting Drama The Stone Angel
Kari Skogland's adaptation of the late Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence's 1964 novel
, July 09, 2008
A stubbornly affecting drama that's far stronger in its quieter moments, writer-director Kari Skogland's adaptation of the late Canadian novelist... More>>
The Wackness: Cliche Mixtape The Wackness
Josh Peck with the ugly save
, July 02, 2008
The Wackness is a mix tape of clichés, with writer-director Jonathan Levine taking cuts from a dozen or more "life-affirming"... More>>
Kabluey Captures Economic Anxiety Better Than Anything Else Out There Kabluey
Giant padded suits are always funny
, July 02, 2008
From the film appearances of the San Diego Chicken to the penguin-suited thug who gave Jean-Claude Van Damme a flipper-smacking in Sudden Death,... More>>
Gonzo Salutes Hunter S. Thompson's Substance Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
A new doc goes beyond the sensational
, July 02, 2008
"In a nation of frightened dullards, there is always a sorry shortage of outlaws, and those few who make the grade are always welcome." So wrote... More>>
Hancock: Superzero Hancock
Super-flick squanders potential greatness with lame humor and a half-baked hero
, July 02, 2008
The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis as a dead man, was writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough, but its follow-up, Unbreakable,... More>>
William Holden: American Idol William Holden: American Idol
Bridging the gap between hero and antihero, Holden was no typical golden boy
, July 02, 2008
It's the end of the Civil War, and a ragged Confederate detail faces teeming Union forces. After a tense moment of contemplation, the cold-eyed... More>>
Afro-Punk Lives On
More hits than misses at this year's fest
, July 02, 2008
You can't fault BAM for trotting out James Spooner's 2003 debut yet again for its fourth annual DIY celebration of black rebellion; the 10-day... More>>
Kunal Kohli's Thoda Pyaar, Thoda Magic Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic
Four plucky Walia children and a dancing velociraptor in this Bollywood release
, July 02, 2008
Kunal Kohli's latest movie, Thoda Pyaar, Thoda Magic, seems to suggest a shift in the Bollywood aesthetic. Yes, the film is glossy and colorful,... More>>
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