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'Pictures From Life's Many Sides: The Films of Jim McBride' 'Pictures From Life's Many Sides: The Films of Jim McBride'
The director's great balls of fire
, April 08, 2009
At the end of the '60s, there came a little burst of self-reflexive films from the first generation of young Americans raised staring at... More>>
The Indefatigable Joy of Anvil's Metal-on-Metal Rock Doc Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Revealed: Everything you wanted to know—or didn't—about Canuck headbangers
, April 08, 2009
And now for the story of Lips and the dildo. Back in the late '70s, before Guitar Hero III or Rock of Love 2 or even VH1, a jolly Canadian... More>>
Anthology Celebrates the Chelsea Hotel
, April 08, 2009
The Chelsea Hotel is celebrated this week at Anthology, in part because that moldering red-brick one-building Montmartre housed a number of New... More>>
New York African Film Festival
A continent's films, without typecasting
, April 08, 2009
Africa is producing many films these days; sadly, few reach audiences in Europe or, especially, the U.S., where visions of Africa usually come... More>>
In a Dream Captures an Artist and His Madness In a Dream
, April 08, 2009
"I'm fascinated by giganticness," reveals Santa-bearded mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, whose compulsive, nearly-half-century-long mission to create... More>>
Dragonball Evolution: A Cartoonish Coming-of-Ager Dragonball Evolution: A Cartoonish Coming-of-Ager
, April 08, 2009
It serves you best to not know a damn thing about Akira Toriyama's much-beloved Dragonball manga (or the TV series and video games it spawned);... More>>
Derick Martini's Lymelife is Long Island's Ice Storm Lymelife
, April 08, 2009
There's nothing new under the suburban sun (save for infectious ticks) in Derick Martini's Lymelife, whose weighty allegorical title and... More>>
The Pope's Toilet The Pope's Toilet
, April 08, 2009
City of God cinematographer turned director César Charlone and co-pilot Enrique Fernández's modestly charming and wry allegory... More>>
An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story
, April 08, 2009
AP Photo hall-of-famer Eddie Adams is a textbook immortal for one Pulitzer frame: his snap of South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan's... More>>
Chabon Enthusiasts Will Find Much to Disdain in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
, April 08, 2009
After a history of preproduction false starts, Michael Chabon's 1988 debut novel gets its promised widescreen adaptation by Dodgeball helmer... More>>
Sergei Dvortsevoy Has His Way with Camels and Shepherds Alike in Tulpan Tulpan
, April 01, 2009
A small mob of camels stampede by a nomad's tent, with something that might once have been a tractor eating the kicked-up dust. Inside, a young... More>>
The Odd Couple
A model from the Ivory Coast meets Elvis's bodyguard in Goodbye Solo
, April 01, 2009
Goodbye Solo, budding New York auteur Ramin Bahrani's third feature after Man Push Cart and Chop Shop, continues the filmmaker's astute... More>>
The Summer of Our '80s Youth in Adventureland Adventureland
, April 01, 2009
Set a mere two decades ago, Greg Mottola's Adventureland seems as if it could be taking place on a distant planet, less for the leg warmers and... More>>
Oshimania Plus the Japan Societygoes 'KRAZY!'
, April 01, 2009
Master filmmaker and modernist provocateur, 77-year-old Nagisa Oshima will always be one of cinema's most youthful directors, and that's not just... More>>
Boden and Fleck's Sugar Sidesteps Sports Clichés, Finds the Sweet Spot Sugar
, April 01, 2009
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have transformed some of the saggiest, most clichéd genres with smarts, non-screechy politics, superb acting,... More>>
Diluted Nostalgia Marks Alien Trespass Alien Trespass
, April 01, 2009
What's most admirable about onetime X-Files producer R.W. Goodwin's Alien Trespass, a simulacra of the '50s flying-saucer flick, is its bypassing... More>>
Matt Aselton's Gigantic Another for the Indie Comedy Heap Gigantic
, April 01, 2009
I don't remember ever wanting to just haul out and punch a movie before Gigantic. Interrupting every scene with a proud little fart of... More>>
Fast & Furious Should Have Gone Straight-to-Xbox Fast & Furious
Made for VG movie
, April 01, 2009
With the molded-rubber face of Savalas, the basso profundo of Stallone, and the name of an underdog gas alternative, Vin Diesel's already-dubious... More>>
Paris 36's Imitation is Highest Form of Flatulence Paris 36
, April 01, 2009
Assault by relentless accordion-playing, Paris 36 proves that sometimes, imitation is the highest form of flatulence. Christophe Barratier... More>>
Lifelines Suburban Dysfunction Proves Disastrous Lifelines
, April 01, 2009
The poster for Lifelines slavishly imitates the Daniel Clowes drawing used for Happiness, accurately telegraphing its tabloid-level density of... More>>
Majidi's Song of Sparrows Meanders Pleasingly The Song of Sparrows
, April 01, 2009
The direct appeals of his melodramatic groundswells have long made Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi a dismissed old-school... More>>
Bart Got a Room May Be the Year's Most Unambitious Comedy Bart Got a Room
, April 01, 2009
South Florida native Brian Hecker's uncomfortably strained directorial debut-a semi-autobiographical comedy about a high school senior who can't... More>>
Enlighten Up! Inspects the Proliferation of Yoga Enlighten Up!
, April 01, 2009
There are a number of tensions at play in Kate Churchill's Enlighten Up!, a documentary about the proliferation of yoga as both spiritual path... More>>
Forbidden Lie$ Explores Con Artist Lies and Documentary Truth Forbidden Lie$
, April 01, 2009
In 2003, 35-year-old Jordanian virgin Norma Khouri published Forbidden Love, her bestselling memoir recounting a Muslim friend's murder by her... More>>
The Escapist Ends Tightly on Note of Unexpected Grace The Escapist
, April 01, 2009
A taut thriller that ends on a note of unexpected grace, the British prison drama The Escapist marks the impressive feature debut for... More>>
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