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Doc-Making Off the Map: Nikolaus Geyrhalter at Anthology Doc-Making Off the Map: Nikolaus Geyrhalter at Anthology
No explanation necessary. These works speak for themselves.
, January 12, 2010
Compared with his punishing countryman Michael Haneke, Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter is, inevitably, a softie. But the documentarian... More>>
Building a Better New York Jewish Film Festival Building a Better New York Jewish Film Festival
The year's NYJFF pushes the familiar aside
, January 12, 2010
Jewish film festivals, which take place in virtually every major city in the country (San Francisco was first, 31 years ago), always run the risk... More>>
Fifteen and Pissed: Fish Tank Fish Tank
Newcomer Katie Jarvis's teen misfit swims upstream
, January 12, 2010
Katie Jarvis, who makes her acting debut as a rabid teenager in writer-director Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, was discovered on an English railway... More>>
The World Is Flat at MOMA's Global Lens Festival The World Is Flat at MOMA's Global Lens Festival
A lot of this-movie-looks-like-that-movie at this series
, January 12, 2010
The product of an ongoing collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Global Lens Initiative, the annual "Global Lens" series is... More>>
Your Film Poll: The Readers' Picks Your Film Poll: The Readers' Picks
You voted for your favorite films of the year and the decade. The results are in!
, January 12, 2010
A few weeks ago, the critics had their say, voting in the annual Village Voice Film Poll. And now we've got readers' picks. The biggest surprise?... More>>
Amos Gitai Puts His Life on Film (Again) in Carmel Carmel
, January 12, 2010
Much is taken for granted in Carmel, Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's highly—almost exclusively—personal film collage. An assembly of... More>>
Katrina Dog Doc Mine Ducks the Real Question Mine
, January 12, 2010
Should a living, breathing, frolicking house pet be considered a piece of property? Is it fair to set a statute of limitations on the time it... More>>
January Entertainment: The Spy Next Door The Spy Next Door
, January 12, 2010
Like director Brian Levant's last two outings—2002's Snow Dogs, 2005's Are We There Yet?—The Spy Next Door is immediately forgettable... More>>
Up the Mountain One Last Time with Sweetgrass Sweetgrass
Anthropomorphized sheep need not apply
, January 05, 2010
Though the breathtaking vistas of Big Sky Country in Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's unforgettable sheep-herding documentary come... More>>
Flooding with Love for the Kid, Starring One Man Rambo Zachary Oberzan Flooding With Love for the Kid
DIY filmmaking at its best
, January 05, 2010
We may remember Sadie Benning's Pixelvision bedroom with alt-film fondness, but look out: There's a new DIY no-budget sheriff in town. Zachary... More>>
Youth in Revolt, with Michael Cera as Every Role Michael Cera's Ever Had Youth in Revolt
Cult novel must continue its search for a worthy film adaptation
, January 05, 2010
For years, Hollywood has wrestled with adapting C.D. Payne's 1993 novel Youth in Revolt—which, actually, was three novels collected under... More>>
The Mixed Bag of 100-Years-Young Akira Kurosawa, at Film Forum
, January 05, 2010
Akira Kurosawa was a cultural Commodore Perry. His 1950 Rashômon opened the West to Japanese movies. From there, he became one of the... More>>
Daybreakers Squanders Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe Daybreakers
, January 05, 2010
No fashion-conscious multiplex movie should face opening day without some grave issue of our day propped in its buttonhole. Last year's sci-fi... More>>
Matthew Broderick Hides Behind Beard in Wonderful World Wonderful World
, January 05, 2010
Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick), once the third-biggest kids' musician in the country, is now the number-one grump of an unnamed city that's... More>>
Bitch Slap: Sapphic Overtones Aimed at Hetero Male Titillation Bitch Slap
The latest proof that calculated camp in the form of homage is near-impossible to pull off
, January 05, 2010
Touted as a cross between Russ Meyer, Blaxploitation, and Memento, director Rick Jacobson's Bitch Slap is the latest proof that calculated camp... More>>
Emotional Trains Run Strictly on Time in A Year Ago in Winter A Year Ago in Winter
, January 05, 2010
From the title down, A Year Ago in Winter has the vibe of one of those generic prize-winning novels about New England families falling apart in... More>>
Cairo's Trash Collectors Face Extinction in Garbage Dreams Garbage Dreams
, January 05, 2010
There are probably any number of communities throughout the world, hidden to the Western eye, where traditional ways of life are threatened by... More>>
Meet Nutty Mainstream Christians in Waiting for Armageddon Waiting for Armageddon
, January 05, 2010
Line up this terrific documentary about end-times evangelical Christians against Bill Maher's sneering Religulous, and you'll see an excellent... More>>
Crazy on the Outside: Tim Allen's Irritating Directorial Debut Crazy on the Outside
, January 05, 2010
After an impressive dramatic turn against type in David Mamet's Redbelt, tool fetishist Tim Allen returns to lowest-common-denominator comedy as... More>>
Leap Year, Perfect for that Mother-Daughter Matinee Leap Year
, January 05, 2010
According to supposed Irish custom, women may propose to their reluctant fiancés on February 29. The woman in Leap Year is Anna (Amy... More>>
Certainty and a Sure Hand Behind The White Ribbon's Unsolved Mystery The White Ribbon
, December 29, 2009
The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke's first German-language film since the original Funny Games (1997) and, addressing what used to be called "the... More>>
Old Partner, a Tale of Marriage, Labor, and Love Old Partner
, December 29, 2009
The key image in Old Partner is that of farmer Choi Won-kyun, 79, slumped in his jerry-rigged cart, being pulled down the rural South Korean... More>>
Hectic Humor Undercuts The Chaser's Gloomy Worldview The Chaser
, December 29, 2009
Whereas Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder used a criminal investigation in dictatorial South Korea to suggest endemic figurative impotence, Na... More>>
A Buried Tennessee Williams Screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
, December 29, 2009
Consider: If Tennessee Williams's script for Joseph Losey's 1968 turkey Boom! (an adaptation of his play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here... More>>
The Passably Distracting A Film with Me in It A Film with Me in It
, December 29, 2009
Mark (Mark Doherty) is a hardly-working actor, snubbed at an audition to play "Concerned Neighbor," behind on rent, and barely tolerated by his... More>>
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