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Under the Eightball Confronts History of Lyme Disease Under the Eightball
, December 15, 2009
Angry passion and visual energy define this extraordinary muckraking documentary. The anger and rage that ignite it stem from the puzzling... More>>
With 3-D CGI, Peter Jackson Makes a One-Dimensional Lovely Bones The Lovely Bones
, December 08, 2009
A one-film cabinet of curiosities, The Lovely Bones turns the most successful CGI director of the '00s loose on one of the decade's prime... More>>
Better to Look Good than Be Good for Tom Ford's A Single Man A Single Man
, December 08, 2009
Too much is never enough for fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford, whose debut feature flaunts its capital-A Artiness the way some... More>>
Herzog Ups the Wacko in My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
, December 08, 2009
Elaborating on his new career as the master of the jive-talking, echt-American, extravagantly titled faux–straight-to-DVD policier, Werner... More>>
'Beyond the Absurd: Ronald Tavel & Andy Warhol' at Anthology 'Beyond the Absurd: Ronald Tavel & Andy Warhol' at Anthology
The man behind some of Warhol's best work
, December 08, 2009
It wasn't called the Factory for nothing. Andy Warhol was a master of the aesthetic assembly line—harnessing all manner of talents in his... More>>
Reconciliation, If Not Truth, in Clint Eastwood's Invictus Invictus
, December 08, 2009
Aside from Morgan Freeman, who makes a fabulous Nelson Mandela, there's this to savor about Invictus, a rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly... More>>
'Madcap Manhattan' Series at Film Forum 'Madcap Manhattan' Series at Film Forum
You know you're a NYer when . . . you recognize locations in these movies. Ba da bum.
, December 08, 2009
The 39 comedies—screwball, black, musical, and otherwise—in Film Forum's "Madcap Manhattan" series span the Jimmy Walker through the... More>>
Dino Risi, Making it Look Easy, at MOMA
, December 08, 2009
Law student Roberto is bullied away from his desk when an obstreperous stranger, Bruno, barges into his apartment to use the phone, then drags... More>>
Broken Lizard's Likably Stoopid Slammin' Salmon The Slammin' Salmon
, December 08, 2009
Likably stoopid, the latest from comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Beerfest) mines plenty of jokes from eating out and being served.... More>>
The Marginally Compelling Sincerely Yours Sincerely Yours
, December 08, 2009
Closing the fall edition of MOMA's once-a-month ContemporAsian series—an ongoing survey of little-seen festival fare—is a... More>>
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
, December 08, 2009
Employing a recognizably Bollywood aesthetic (punchy colors, rhetorical camera flourishes, wall-to-wall soundtrack) but eschewing the dance... More>>
George Clooney in Up in the Air Up in the Air
Getting fired sux, but Jason Reitman says u will b OK l8r
, December 01, 2009
Up in the Air goes down like a sedative. This is a movie that's easy to like—and to dislike as well. Less adapted from than inspired by... More>>
Until the Light Takes Us: A Norwegian Black Metal Documentary Until the Light Takes Us
Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's film is missing details, and the devil that's in them
, December 01, 2009
The subject of Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's documentary is Norwegian Black Metal, a scorched-earth subset of thrash that materialized around... More>>
The Order of the Universe in Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun
, December 01, 2009
Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun, a feature-length assemblage by the 57-year-old Austrian architect-filmmaker-musician Gustav Deutsch last seen at the... More>>
'James Whale Festival' at Film Forum 'James Whale Festival' at Film Forum
From Frankenstein's lab to Robeson's river
, December 01, 2009
Idle and ailing, James Whale drowned himself in his swimming pool in 1957—shades of the obsolete Englishman-in-Hollywood from Evelyn... More>>
'The Next Director: So  Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray' at BAMcinématek 'The Next Director: So  Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray' at BAMcinématek
, December 01, 2009
The Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne of Brooklyn-based independent filmmakers, So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray are partners in work and life.... More>>
Big River Man More Grizzly Man Than Superman Big River Man
, December 01, 2009
This doc is not a colorful geezer story, though its first half-hour is shaped like one. The fiftysomething Slovenian marathon swimmer Martin... More>>
Gigante Never Quite Crests Gigante
, December 01, 2009
The title refers to Jara (Horacio Camandule), a swaybacked lug who stands a head taller than his co-workers at a warehouse-size Montevideo... More>>
R. Balki's Paa: Possibly the Strangest Bollywood Blockbuster Yet Paa
, December 01, 2009
If Francis Ford Coppola's gentle dramedy Jack and last year's oddball melodrama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were two circles in a Venn... More>>
Busta Rhymes Carries Low-Rent Breaking Point Breaking Point
, December 01, 2009
You'd figure by this point in cinematic history that there'd already be a low-rent crime thriller starring Tom Berenger and Armand Assante titled... More>>
Jim Sheridan's Brothers Aims For Tragedy, Hits PTSD Melodrama Brothers
Toby Maguire produces slobber as effortlessly as Natalie Portman summons tears
, December 01, 2009
Jim Sheridan's remake of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2005 original on the familial and psychic trauma caused by Operation Enduring Freedom... More>>
Father Doesn't Know Best when Father's De Niro in Everybody's Fine Everybody's Fine
, December 01, 2009
Don't be misled by the cheesy, generic poster for Kirk Jones's Everybody's Fine, in which a grinning Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Kate... More>>
19th Century Inuits in Before Tomorrow Before Tomorrow
, December 01, 2009
Moving from a wondrously virgin Arctic springtime to an equally untouched, though far less inviting, winter snowscape, and shifting from a... More>>
Buried Trauma, Literally, in Loot Loot
, December 01, 2009
The phase "buried trauma" turns literal in Darius Marder's doc about a weary entrepreneur's search for booty hidden at the close of World War II.... More>>
Tolstoy's Final Days in The Last Station The Last Station
, December 01, 2009
Opening with balalaikas, scurrying agrarians in collarless shirts, and helpful intertitles announcing that Tolstoy was "the most celebrated... More>>
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