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Brooklyn's Finest, Three Movies You've Seen Wrapped Into One Brooklyn's Finest
, March 02, 2010
Filled with every cop-movie convention since the invention of gunpowder and curse words, Brooklyn's Finest is three movies in one, all of which... More>>
Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss
, March 02, 2010
Lecturing at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival after a screening of The Great Sacrifice, the hallucinatory romance directed by the notorious Veit... More>>
Black and White (Too Easily) Come Together in Harlem Aria Harlem Aria
, March 02, 2010
"Ain't no black folks singin' no opera"—least of all mentally handicapped 28-year-olds living with their Aunties. But in Harlem Aria,... More>>
The Art of the Steal, Starring Barnes and Ignobles The Art of the Steal
Culture, money, and power collide in Philly
, February 23, 2010
Matisse called the Barnes Foundation "the only sane place to see art in America." But the clamor over moving one of the world's foremost... More>>
Using Art of the Steal in Battle Over the Barnes
, February 23, 2010
Don Argott never intended "to change the course of anything," he says. But the filmmaker's new documentary, The Art of the Steal, is intensifying... More>>
Kevin Smith's Cop Out So Cliché-Filled It Just Might Work! Cop Out
, February 23, 2010
Cop Out establishes its movie lineage right away, with a slow-motion toe-to-head tilt up, set to the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," of... More>>
Jacques Audiard's False Prophet A Prophet
No visionary he, the 'French Scorsese' arrives stateside with his '70s-style gangster epic
, February 23, 2010
Agreeing at the insistence of a Corsican mob boss to suck and then slash a fellow inmate, newly jailed Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim)—poor,... More>>
Korea's Box-Office Beast, Bong Joon-ho, at BAM Korea's Box-Office Beast, Bong Joon-ho, at BAM
, February 23, 2010
Aged 40, Bong Joon-ho has made two of the highest-grossing movies in the history of his country's domestic box office. The enshrined star of... More>>
'The Films of William E. Jones' at Anthology 'The Films of William E. Jones' at Anthology
Gay history and cine-love in hi-lo art
, February 23, 2010
"William Jones is haute gay," a critic/programmer friend said admiringly to me recently about the fiercely intelligent filmmaker being feted by... More>>
The Yellow Handkerchief,  a Post-Katrina Road Movie The Yellow Handkerchief
, February 23, 2010
Director Udayan Prasad’s post-Katrina road movie is not a remake of Yôji Yamada’s 1977 winner of the first-ever Japanese Academy... More>>
Formosa Betrayed Dismisses the Truth Formosa Betrayed
, February 23, 2010
Like any normal former TV star with free time and a cause that's caught his eye, James Van Der Beek could have done a voiceover for a documentary... More>>
The Emotionally Honest Easier With Practice Easier With Practice
, February 23, 2010
True story: A guy all alone in a motel room answers the bedside phone. There's a woman on the other end. She sounds young and hot, and, before he... More>>
Five Easy Pieces at Film Forum Five Easy Pieces
, February 23, 2010
Jack Nicholson—33, hair thinning, a Hollywood scenester who, by 1970, had seemingly missed his shot at being a star—became just that... More>>
Fam-Cam Doc Prodigal Sons Pushed Along by Dysfunction Prodigal Sons
, February 23, 2010
Kimberly Reed was born Paul McKerrow in Helena, Montana, the middle of three sons who was the high school quarterback and voted Most Likely to... More>>
Breck Eisner Remakes The Crazies The Crazies
, February 23, 2010
"It's Dad. He's got a knife." So do many of the dads in the Midwestern town of Ogden Marsh, where men and women alike are suddenly developing... More>>
Toe To Toe's Message Feels Cheap Toe to Toe
, February 23, 2010
Spreading social awareness is a valuable pursuit, naturally, but when filmmakers take it upon themselves to don the cape of an activist hero... More>>
Scorsese's Head-Trip Shutter Island Shutter Island
Stuck in the asylum with the good kind of insane
, February 16, 2010
Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, a florid art shocker that Paramount welcomed into the world with the strained enthusiasm of a mutant baby's... More>>
'Film Comment Selects' at Lincoln Center 'Film Comment Selects' at Lincoln Center
Hail to The Victors, and revolting youth, and confused assassins
, February 16, 2010
The film festival that's not quite a film festival returns with 10 repertory programs and 16 features—the movies that persisted in the... More>>
Jessica Hausner's Lourdes Refrains from Demystifying Lourdes
, February 16, 2010
With its palette of hot poppy red and cool sky blue, its deft mining of the subliminal comic potential of grand, historically heavy locations,... More>>
Oscar-nominated Shorts Roundup 2010 Oscar-nominated Shorts Roundup 2010
, February 16, 2010
Because they're crafted outside the Hollywood system, you might assume that this year's Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts stand in... More>>
'Doc Fortnight' 2010 at MOMA
, February 16, 2010
MOMA's ninth annual docstravaganza arrives with the wishy-washy-sounding theme of "community"—for part of its program, the fest has culled... More>>
Banal Family Secrets Unveiled In Phyllis and Harold Phyllis and Harold
, February 16, 2010
There's a secret busting out of Cindy Kleine's documentary about her parents' long and—depending on whom she talks to—unhappy... More>>
Mitchell Lichtenstein Continues Bad Filmmaking with Happy Tears Happy Tears
, February 16, 2010
Continuing both his bad filmmaking and obsession with lethal orifices, Mitchell Lichtenstein follows up Teeth, his clumsy debut about a... More>>
The Ghost Writer's Glimmers of Old Polanski Magic The Ghost Writer
, February 16, 2010
It's hard not to picture Polanski under house arrest in Gstaad editing his diverting new thriller, in which a former British prime minister... More>>
Blood Done Sign My Name Glosses Civil Rights History Blood Done Sign My Name
, February 16, 2010
Based on Duke professor Timothy Tyson's titular memoir/recounting of the murder of an African-American Vietnam vet by three white men in Oxford,... More>>
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