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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>>
Delgo Makes Great Video Game Fodder Delgo
, December 10, 2008
Ten years ago, the notion of a science-fantasy rendition of Romeo and Juliet starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt might have... More>>
The Day the Earth Stood Still The Day the Earth Stood Still
, December 10, 2008
As in the original 1951 film by Robert Wise (and more or less ignoring Harry Bates’s original pulp short story “Farewell to the... More>>
Langella and Sheen Capture a Summit of Egos in Frost/Nixon Frost/Nixon
Nixon goes from stage to screen, in a deep frost
, December 03, 2008
I hear America singing and I see . . . Richard Nixon. Not the man, but the muse: Has any president since Lincoln inspired more movies, TV... More>>
Hartmut Bitomsky's Dust Dust
A cine-essay devoted to the tiniest "visible subject" that a film can have
, December 03, 2008
Over the past three decades, the German cine-essayist Hartmut Bitomsky has staked out a position at once lofty and material—making coolly... More>>
Fellini and Bergman Ask: Have You Seen My Childhood? Fellini and Bergman Ask: Have You Seen My Childhood?
, December 03, 2008
Back in the days when art houses were temples of cinema and auteurs their living gods, few filmmakers cast longer shadows than Federico Fellini... More>>
Facing Ferzan Ozpetek, at MOMA
Maverick Turkish auteur gets (over)due retrospective
, December 03, 2008
Turkey's gift to Italian cinema, Ferzan Ozpetek, the subject of a MOMA mid-career survey, left home as a teenager to study film history in Rome... More>>
Ciao, a Gay Amerindie  Without Dick or Ass-Crack Ciao
, December 03, 2008
Compared to the likes of Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild, the willfully contrarian Ciao is practically Syndromes and a Century. There are no... More>>
Paul Newman at BAM Paul Newman at BAM
, December 03, 2008
Save a perfunctory screening of The Hustler, BAM's eulogy for Paul Newman strays wide of the beaten path. No Sting Cassidy and the Cool Hand Hud,... More>>
Call + Response Goes Where Born into Brothels Went More Effectively Call + Response
, December 03, 2008
Somebody's got to pick up where Bono left off, right? A Bay Area musician and Live Aid baby, Justin Dillon recently discovered human trafficking,... More>>
Cadillac Records Turns the Label's History into Another Downer Soap Opera Cadillac Records Turns the Label's History into Another Downer Soap Opera
, December 03, 2008
For a film "based on a true story"—that of Leonard and Phil Chess's eponymous record label, featuring the likes of Muddy Waters (Jeffrey... More>>
After Two Feel Good Flicks, Randall Miller's Nobel Son Just Feels Awful Nobel Son
, December 03, 2008
Directionless PhD candidate Barkley (Bryan Greenberg) lives in the shadow of his overbearing genius father, Eli (Alan Rickman), who is about to... More>>
The End of America Preaches Bush-Era Fear-Mongering The End of America
, December 03, 2008
Best as a list of potential topics for actual documentaries, The End of America self-evidently throws on screen the contents of Naomi Wolf's... More>>
Let Them Chirp Awhile Falls Apart, But Pretty Hilarious Scene To Scene Let Them Chirp Awhile
, December 03, 2008
When Bobby (Justin Rice) sits down to justify his self-description as a screenwriter, he thinks only in vague references ("Is expressionism OK or... More>>
Elissa Down's The Black Balloon The Black Balloon
This auspicious Oz import is a sign of bright, young filmmaking in Australia
, December 03, 2008
Produced for what was likely a day's Botox budget on Baz Luhrmann's Australia, the auspicious Oz import The Black Balloon—the debut feature... More>>
Fengming: A Chinese Memoir Fengming: A Chinese Memoir
, December 03, 2008
The old woman, He Fengming, treks through the snow, enters her apartment, sits down in a leather armchair, and proceeds to tell us her story. As... More>>
Punisher: War Zone Is a Slasher Movie with Guns Punisher: War Zone
, December 03, 2008
It really shouldn't have been so hard to make a decent Punisher movie; after all, the character is basically just Death Wish's Paul Kersey on... More>>
Gus Van Sant's Milk Recaptures Californian Intolerance at Exactly the Right Time Milk
Proposition hate
, November 26, 2008
Gus Van Sant has never been a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming vase balanced on... More>>
Welcome to Baz Luhrmann's Australia Australia
Somewhere over the dateline, the not-quite-marvelous land of Oz
, November 26, 2008
You don't have to have been raised on colonial Brit Lit, classic melodramas, Westerns, war movies, or Gone With the Wind to figure out the likely... More>>
Witherspoon and Vaughn's Yuletide Carol Is Four Christmases Too Many Four Christmases
, November 26, 2008
To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit—never, for a second, did this New Line... More>>
"Punk 'n' Pie" Series at BAM "Punk 'n' Pie" Series at BAM
, November 26, 2008
BAMcinématek's "Punk 'n' Pie" series is more a study in late-20th-century Brit dandyism than rawk, but anyone interested in pop history... More>>
The Secrets, Overlong, Handles Itself with Grace and Charm The Secrets
, November 26, 2008
Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher sets his fledgling feminist film at a Jewish seminary in Safed, where students Noemi (Ania Bukstein) and Michel... More>>
Antarctica Takes Israeli Gay Film to Daring New Level Antarctica
, November 26, 2008
Gay film slipped palatably out of Israel's closet with the work of Eytan Fox, who, with his partner Gal Uchovsky, made Yossi & Jagger, The... More>>
In Luc Besson's Universe, Transporter 3 Is 'Realism' Transporter 3
, November 26, 2008
Luc Besson, a French term meaning "Joel Silver," has latterly become xXx and The Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz's lone rival as... More>>
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