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Pageant Profiles Miss Gay America 2006 Pageant
, December 24, 2008
Following five female impersonators vying for the 2006 Miss Gay America crown, the documentary, Pageant, suggests drag queens are essentially... More>>
Mickey Rourke and Darren Aronofsky Both Make Visceral Comebacks in The Wrestler The Wrestler
, December 17, 2008
The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it's no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic over-reacher... More>>
Nothing but the Truth Reimagines Plamegate as a Soccer-Mom Duel Nothing but the Truth
, December 17, 2008
Ripped from yesterday's headlines—or, perhaps, given the scenario's emphasis on motherhood, from history's womb—Nothing but the Truth... More>>
Will Smith Encores Pursuit of Happyness with Seven Pounds Seven Pounds
It's a miserable life
, December 17, 2008
Two years ago nearly to the day, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino released The Pursuit of Happyness, one of the most underrated... More>>
Yukio Mishima, A Life in Four Chapters, and Countless Contradictions Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Paul Schrader eulogizes the Japanese writer's life as a work of art
, December 17, 2008
The Japanese have a storied tradition of writer suicides, but the reams of foreshadowing and grand-gesture media spectacle of Yukio Mishima's... More>>
Student-Teacher Power Struggles in The Class The Class
To Sir, with attitude
, December 17, 2008
Compare and contrast Laurent Cantet's terrific The Class with any of the following schoolroom chestnuts—Mr. Holland's Opus, Dangerous... More>>
Catch Baby Doll with Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach
Plus Ken Jacobs retrospectives, Alexander Medvedkin revisited
, December 17, 2008
Elia Kazan was not known for his drolleries, although his sometime collaborator Tennessee Williams had a taste for the absurd. Together, these... More>>
Stephen Kijak Lets the Artist Speak For Himself in Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
, December 17, 2008
Possessed of a lugubrious, histrionic baritone that could make the most trifling of pop ditties sound like a slow dance on the brink of... More>>
Clichés Firmly in Place, Moscow, Belgium Still Won't Leave You Feeling Dirty Moscow, Belgium
, December 17, 2008
We're not talking the Dardennes brothers here, but fellow Belgian Christophe Van Rompaey gives this light May-to-December pair-up an agreeably... More>>
Tale of Despereaux Features Generic Story Buried Between Deafening Stunts The Tale of Despereaux
, December 17, 2008
Kate DiCamillo's 2003 children's novel about a big-eared mouse with an inspiring case of shining-knight envy is one of the finest expositions of... More>>
Yes Man Repackages Jim Carrey's Best-Of's For Those Who Already Own the Hits Yes Man
, December 17, 2008
Not the Liar Liar sequel it looks like in the trailer, but close enough: Jim Carrey plays a self-absorbed Debbie Downer named Carl Allen who... More>>
Steven Soderbergh's Che Che
Two Guevara movies in one four-hour sitting
, December 10, 2008
And so the endless campaign wraps up with a flurry of virtual leaders. Richard Nixon will always be part of America's dreamlife, with or without... More>>
Doubt Wags the Finger of Moral Relativism Doubt
, December 10, 2008
Back in the early 1980s, when I was a graduate student in Boston, a prominent professor I knew was accused of sexually harassing a female... More>>
Winslet and Fiennes' The Reader Takes the Long and (Oscar-)Worthy Road to Redemption The Reader
, December 10, 2008
Like Doubt, Stephen Daldry's The Reader is low-budget, high-profile, and beamed straight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,... More>>
In the City of Sylvia: Pure Pleasure and Pure Cinema In the City of Sylvia: Pure Pleasure and Pure Cinema
Another one of the year's best sneaks by while you were distracted by the blockbusters
, December 10, 2008
In the City of Sylvia is pure pleasure and pure cinema. The fifth feature by Catalan filmmaker José Luis Guerín (shown once at the... More>>
Wendy and Lucy Wendy and Lucy
One of the year's best sneaks in while you were distracted by the blockbusters
, December 10, 2008
Modest but cosmic, Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy—shown this past fall in the New York Film Festival—is a movie whose sad pixie... More>>
Clint Eastwood Finds Salvation in Gran Torino Gran Torino
, December 10, 2008
Walt Kowalski growls a lot—a dyspeptic rumble that wells up from deep inside his belly when he catches sight of his midriff-baring teenage... More>>
The Alphabet Killer Has Both a Sequel Hook and Eliza Dushku Topless The Alphabet Killer
, December 10, 2008
Any number of TV shows in recent years have depicted an out-of-the-ordinary investigator who either talks to ghosts, sees what the killer sees,... More>>
Nothing Like the Holidays Offers Seasonal Warm Fuzzies, Little More Nothing Like the Holidays
, December 10, 2008
The Rodriguez kids, spread far from their native Chicago, reunite for Xmas under the roof of their voluminous burgher patriarch (Alfred Molina).... More>>
Dark Streets Looks Like Moulin Rouge and Chicago, But Cheaper Dark Streets
, December 10, 2008
So obsessed with mimicry it's practically a tribute band of a movie, Dark Streets throws copious amounts of film-noir style at the screen in the... More>>
Herbert, at MOMA, Discovers Godard 40 Years Too Late Herbert
, December 10, 2008
Suman Mukhopadhyay's Herbert is what happens when Godard's influence comes to India 40 years too late. Mukhopadhyay's feature... More>>
Sinister Amusement To Be Had in Shoestring Sci-Fi Timecrimes Timecrimes
, December 10, 2008
Less a mindfuck on the level of 2004's ingenious Primer than a sort of mental canoodle, this modestly diverting slice of shoestring Spanish... More>>
What Doesn't Kill You What Doesn't Kill You
, December 10, 2008
Cuddly recidivism marked Mark Ruffalo's first attention-getting role in You Can Count on Me, squirming within family ties and into our hearts. In... More>>
Adam Resurrected
, December 10, 2008
The torturer's greatest art, so it is said, is to make his victims go on torturing themselves—for life, if possible. That certainly seems... More>>
Where God Left His Shoes Muddles Vérité and Adult-Contemporary Where God Left His Shoes
, December 10, 2008
Undercard boxer Frank Diaz (John Leguizamo) is a ring slickster whose lack of jaw and heart has kept his looks while eroding his self-worth. He's... More>>
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