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Why Hard Times Won't Mean Good Times at the Movies Again Why Hard Times Won't Mean Good Times at the Movies Again
Brother, can you spare $12?
, February 04, 2009
"We have seen that our product is, at worst, recession-resistant." So DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg assured a conclave of Hollywood... More>>
A Dozen Great Depression Double Bills at Film Forum A Dozen Great Depression Double Bills at Film Forum
, February 04, 2009
Man's Castle (Frank Borzage, 1933) & American Madness (Frank Capra, 1932). Tough young Spencer Tracy shacks up with Loretta Young's teenage... More>>
Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR Records Last Gasp For Mother Russia, Father Brokaw Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR
, February 04, 2009
After five decades of filming himself, his family, and assorted luminaries of pop and underground culture, the original home-movie mix master... More>>
Coraline in Wonderland Coraline
Things are not as they seem in Henry Selick's stunning stop-motion fairy tale
, February 04, 2009
If Alice in Wonderland were retold by the Mad Hatter, it might look something like Henry Selick's 3-D, stop-motion Coraline, in which the bored,... More>>
Oscar Nominated Shorts At IFC Oscar Nominated Shorts At IFC
, February 04, 2009
Those who have never attended the annual festival of Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts should be advised: Don't expect all 10... More>>
The Force Is Weak With Long-Delayed Fanboys Fanboys
, February 04, 2009
Fanboys is meant for the dude who's content to simply stare at an Imperial storm trooper's empty helmet for 90 minutes. It's for the two... More>>
Five Women Artists Rushed Through Our City Dreams Five Women Artists Rushed Through Our City Dreams
, February 04, 2009
Like rushed gallery-hopping, Chiara Clemente's doc on five multigenerational, multinational women artists, all living in New York, provides only... More>>
Thai Martial-Arts Flick Chocolate Takes More Punches Than Bruce Lee and Vince McMahon Combined Chocolate
, February 04, 2009
The world may not have needed a Thai-language martial-arts hybrid of Kill Bill and Rain Man, but by God, it's got one now. Already chopped into... More>>
He's Just Not That Into You Sets Bar Low For Women He's Just Not That Into You
, February 04, 2009
The smirky, overbearing, and subliminally hostile romantic primer He's Just Not That Into You—which sold a regrettable two million copies... More>>
Oscar Micheaux and Black Pre-War Cinema at Walter Reade Theater Oscar Micheaux and Black Pre-War Cinema at Walter Reade Theater
, February 04, 2009
Homesteader-cum-author Oscar Micheaux (1884–1951) was one of the earliest and most prolific African-American auteurs, but far more... More>>
Life. Support. Music. Sad. Story. Bad. Movie. Life. Support. Music.
, February 04, 2009
The material covered in the documentary Life. Support. Music. could bring any stoic to convulsive tears. The film's subject, Jason Cringler, was... More>>
Memorial Day Tritely Places Onus of War on Douchey Troops Memorial Day
, February 04, 2009
For a while at least, Memorial Day suggests B-roll left over from an Ocean City, Maryland, edition of The Real World. Realistically performed by... More>>
Push Is Less X-Men and More 'Why, Man?' Push
, February 04, 2009
Not to be mistaken for the acclaimed Mo'Nique Sundance drama, director Paul McGuigan's harebrained sci-fi thriller about young Americans with... More>>
Luck By Chance Does Fluffy Bollywood Satire Luck By Chance
, February 04, 2009
The Mumbai-based Hindi-film industry (or, as we've colloquially cheapened it, Bollywood) and its epically kaleidoscopic formula—singing,... More>>
Pink Panther 2 Continues Lackluster Overhaul of Iconic Franchise The Pink Panther 2
, February 04, 2009
There are maybe two or three laugh-out-loud moments and a handful of chuckles to be culled from Steve Martin’s overlong Pink Panther 2, the... More>>
Dirty Movies and Gritty Life As One in Brillante Mendoza's Raunchy/Thinky Serbis Serbis
, January 28, 2009
Abandon all hope, ye who enter the hell of images. Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's Serbis (Tagalog for "service") is entirely set in and... More>>
Medicine for Melancholy Both Political and Graceful Medicine for Melancholy
Not a coveted demo, the young African-American hipster gets his movie
, January 28, 2009
"How do you define yourself?" It's not until its third act that Medicine for Melancholy's lead male character explicitly asks the question that's... More>>
Al Pacino and Kitty Winn Rexamined in The Panic in Needle Park The Panic in Needle Park
Junkie love in New York's classic shoot-'em-up
, January 28, 2009
The Panic in Needle Park is an American art film that would have found its natural home in a 42nd Street grind house—although the new print... More>>
Sundance Lays Low Sundance Lays Low
Soderbergh and solitary on the fest's 25th anniversary
, January 28, 2009
The crowds were thinner, the temperature warmer, and Barack Obama's name mentioned so many times that you might have thought he had assumed... More>>
'Positif Celebrates American Cinema'
The French film mag picks some heavies
, January 28, 2009
The Other French Film Magazine screens its favorite American indies in "Mavericks and Outsiders: Positif Celebrates American Cinema," organized... More>>
We've Seen These Shadows Before Shadows
, January 28, 2009
Currently a film professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Macedonian auteur Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain) returns to the homeland for... More>>
The Class's Delicate Lessons in a Multi-Culti Tinderbox The Class
, January 28, 2009
Compare and contrast Laurent Cantet's terrific The Class with Mr. Holland's Opus and Dangerous Minds. Note the structural similarities:... More>>
New in Town Features Zellweger as Mitt Romney in a Mini New In Town
, January 28, 2009
A corporate tool, but a stylish corporate tool, single and ambitious Renée Zellweger is dispatched from sunny Miami to rural Minnesota to... More>>
Of Hackery and Wizard Hats in Yawn-Worthy Colour of Magic The Colour of Magic
, January 28, 2009
Why pretend all genres are created equal? Edmund Wilson couldn't stomach mysteries, and said as much in "Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?" In... More>>
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
, January 28, 2009
Hannah Senesh—the ardent young socialist-Zionist who emigrated from Budapest to Palestine and was tortured and killed by the Nazis for... More>>
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