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Crime and Punishment in the Elegant Thriller Revanche Revanche
, April 29, 2009
An unidentified object sends ripples across the surface of a lake at the start of Götz Spielmann's Revanche, and in the two hours it takes... More>>
Julien Duvivier at the MOMA Julien Duvivier at the MOMA
A salute to an old-wave auteur
, April 29, 2009
Thank goodness Julien Duvivier couldn't remember his lines, thus relieving the French stage of a mediocre actor and gifting French cinema with... More>>
Lyubov Orlova at Walter Reade; Marina Goldovskaya at Anthology
, April 29, 2009
Here for May Day, it's the "red diva" Lyubov Orlova. Never to be confused with Asia Argento's "scarlet diva," Orlova was the preeminent star of... More>>
X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Wait for the Bootleg X-Men Origins: Wolverine
, April 29, 2009
Without fail, the dullest installment in any superhero movie franchise is the origin story, during which audiences anxiously awaiting The Big Bad... More>>
Three Monkeys an Exemplary, Deadening Exercise in Malaise Three Monkeys
, April 29, 2009
You can imagine frame grabs from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's art noir Three Monkeys popping up in a Bordwellian film-studies textbook (or blog post).... More>>
Ice People Follows Scientists in Antarctica Ice People
We're left to wonder why
, April 29, 2009
Anne Aghion's Ice People suffers from being released on the heels of Werner Herzog's lunatic Encounters at the End of the World, but to be fair,... More>>
Eldorado Upends Low Expectations of an Often Trite Genre Eldorado
, April 29, 2009
The title of Bouli Lanners's modest, yet surprisingly affecting, road-trip/buddy movie, which refers to an imaginary place of great wealth and... More>>
A Wink and a Smile, Now Show Us Your Tits A Wink and a Smile
, April 29, 2009
A Wink and a Smile combines a survey of the underground burlesque resurgence, in which the traditional striptease style is often subverted to... More>>
Horror Flick I Can See You Opts For Brakhage Over Butchery I Can See You
, April 29, 2009
Ultimately opting for Brakhage over butchery, this surprising horror debut hits us where it hurts by turning vision itself into a mind-frying... More>>
Matthew McConaughey Is Scary Bad in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Ghost of Girlfriends Past
, April 29, 2009
Two weeks after jowly Matthew Perry transformed into pretty Zac Efron to relive his adolescence in 17 Again, Warner Bros. releases Ghosts of... More>>
Battle for Terra No Fun For Kids or Adults Battle for Terra
, April 29, 2009
A spiritual sequel to the equally hapless Delgo—which sold pacifism in animated form to an empty theater—Battle for Terra pits alien... More>>
The Merry Gentleman, Michael Keaton's Directorial Debut The Merry Gentleman
, April 29, 2009
Part of the likeable routine Michael Keaton brought to his roles in the '80s was patter—sometimes manic, sometimes balky. In The Merry... More>>
Marcia Gay Harden Concocts Universal Chemistries from Her Own in Home Home
, April 29, 2009
Set in Pennsylvanian Amish country circa 1969, Mary Haverstick's self-reflexive 16mm drama—about our evolving perceptions of where that... More>>
Absolutely No Jazz In Jazz in the Diamond District Jazz in the Diamond District
Funky, in a bad way
, April 29, 2009
Talk about false advertising: There is no bebop or a single blue note in first-time director Lindsey Christian's crushingly slipshod D.C. drama,... More>>
The Skeptic Remains a Slave to the TV Lexicon The Skeptic
, April 29, 2009
A TV-grade suspenser from the director of Dorian Blues, The Skeptic channels the spirit of Murder, She Wrote and 3-2-1 Contact's Bloodhound Gang,... More>>
Star of The Exploding Girl, Zoe Kazan (Yes, that Kazan) Breaks Through Star of The Exploding Girl, Zoe Kazan (Yes, that Kazan) Breaks Through
, April 22, 2009
Zoe Kazan appears in every scene of Bradley Rust Gray's The Exploding Girl—a title that could just as easily apply to the 25-year-old... More>>
What is the Tribeca Film Fest?
Staffers flee. New blood moves in. And still the question remains.
, April 22, 2009
'Peter who?' Robert De Niro is grinning. Sort of the way he grinned at Joe Pesci just before beating the shit out of him in Raging Bull. But... More>>
Tribeca Film Festival 2009 Guide
, April 22, 2009
For its eighth installment, the film festival frequently criticized for its sprawl and unwieldiness returns in trimmer shape: 85 features will... More>>
Pitch-Perfect Child Performances Root Treeless Mountain; Teen Trash Rots The Informers Pitch-Perfect Child Performances Root Treeless Mountain; Teen Trash Rots The Informers
, April 22, 2009
Any movie featuring children under 10 is a movie wherein documentary bids to trump fiction and behavior can eclipse acting. The 1934 New Deal... More>>
Tyson Delivers a Powerful Blow; Fighting is Down for the Count Tyson
, April 22, 2009
The face of Mike Tyson stares out from the screen like a sentry—intent, sober, watchful. The camera sits close, the framing is tight, and... More>>
The Films of Shirley Clarke at Anthology The Films of Shirley Clarke at Anthology
, April 22, 2009
As the Film-Makers' Cooperative faces eviction, Anthology's tribute to Shirley Clarke—one of the founders of the vital archive and one of... More>>
Downey and Foxx's Disciplined Performances Almost Save The Soloist The Soloist
, April 22, 2009
An old-fashioned tale for a new-fangled world, Joe Wright's overwrought drama turns on a series of columns begun in 2005 by Los Angeles Times... More>>
Il Divo Follows the Opaque Path of Giulio Andreotti Il Divo
, April 22, 2009
Hard on the heels of the acclaimed Gomorrah, Italian corruption gets a much quieter but equally vigorous workout in Paolo Sorrentino's highly... More>>
Empty Nest Details Domestic Minutiae Empty Nest
, April 22, 2009
Several years ago, the gifted Argentine writer-director and Jewish worrier Daniel Burman, then aged 34, remarked in an interview that he was... More>>
Let's Hope Malkovich Was Paid Handsomely for Mutant Chronicles Mutant Chronicles
, April 22, 2009
Scottish-born director Simon Hunter isn't obviously related to his post-apocalyptic indie actioner's barrel-chested sergeant Mitch Hunter, though... More>>
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