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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>>
The Last New Yorker Would Have Made a Better Documentary The Last New Yorker
, February 16, 2010
A beloved pastime of most native New Yorkers is to wax romantic (or, let's be honest: bitch) about how everything that gave the city character... More>>
The Good Guy Pursues Love Interest that Isn't The Good Guy
, February 16, 2010
In a world full of muscled hunks who claw their way up Wall Street by lying and cheating on two office phones at once, how does a dimpled,... More>>
October Country's Days of the Living Dead October Country
Portrait of an American family, stuck from one Halloween to the next
, February 09, 2010
The white, working-class, Upstate New York dead-end of Mohawk Valley is surely not the milieu metal frontman Al Jourgensen had in mind when he... More>>
Garry Marshall's Valentine's Day Massacre! Valentine's Day
So many stars, so many storylines, looking for love in all the wrong places
, February 09, 2010
In Pretty Woman, director Garry Marshall's personal cinematic high score, the opening credits close (and the closing credits open) with the voice... More>>
Bene Brocani Schifano at Anthology and To Die for Tano at Cinema Village Bene Brocani Schifano at Anthology and To Die for Tano at Cinema Village
Underground all'italiana
, February 09, 2010
Roma, 1970, cosmopolis on the Tiber, where Yankee dollars bought amphetamines and film stock—here, Franco Brocani's Necropolis (1970) was... More>>
Reality TV, Italian-style, in Videocracy Videocracy
Or, Berlusconi's naked ladies
, February 09, 2010
A stale vibe is only one of the problems pervading Erik Gandini's documentary about the pathological symbiosis between unregulated media control... More>>
On American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
The case for (and against) The Holocaust Industry author Norman Finkelstein
, February 09, 2010
Noam Chomsky reveres him. Leon Wieseltier hates him. Alan Dershowitz called him an anti-Semite and applied successful pressure to deny him tenure... More>>
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: A Fair Distraction Until Harry Potter Returns Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Imagine a world in which director Chris Columbus never left the Harry Potter franchise after the first two installments
, February 09, 2010
Sounding more like a prog-rock concept album than a kid-lit fantasy franchise, this CGI-congested origin episode—adapted from Rick Riordan's... More>>
My Name Is Khan: Karan Johar's Excesses Outdone by Real-Life Drama My Name Is Khan
Can autism guarantee Bollywood's biggest star crossover success?
, February 09, 2010
If autism can reboot Claire Danes's career, can it guarantee Bollywood's biggest star crossover success? Shah Rukh Khan (known as the "King of... More>>
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