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In the Loop, an Iraq War of Words In the Loop
The run-up to the war, Brit satire–style
, July 22, 2009
A thinly veiled spoof of Anglo-American diplomatic blundering and maneuvering in the lead-up to the second Iraq war, British-TV vet Armando... More>>
Import/Export Is Austria's Loss, America's Gain Import/Export
Ulrich's Seidl's latest, but first, a look back at those coke-snorting models
, July 22, 2009
Cargo of both the human and consumer variety travels back and forth from the former USSR to the new Europe in Import/Export, the second narrative... More>>
The Ugly Truth Is Just Another Romantic Comedy The Ugly Truth Is Just Another Romantic Comedy
The real ugly truth? Katherine Heigl needs a new role.
, July 22, 2009
In the lushly produced but dispiriting new comedy The Ugly Truth, Katherine Heigl stars as Abby Richter, a successful but hopelessly uptight TV... More>>
Kevin Spacey's Shrink Chain Smokes Pot, Goes Hollywood Shrink
, July 22, 2009
We know Kevin Spacey is one depressed psychiatrist because he doesn't shave and he chain-smokes pot. (What Elliott Gould did for cigarettes in... More>>
Jeff Daniels Lends Much-Needed Idiosyncrasy to The Answer Man The Answer Man
, July 22, 2009
In his quiet way, Jeff Daniels can coax to vivid life the most cardboard type—which is just as well, given that the rich but reclusive... More>>
California Company Town Explores Boom and Bust in the Golden State California Company Town
, July 22, 2009
The companies in Lee Anne Schmitt's elegy for California boom towns gone bust run the gamut from farming to logging to mining, but after a while,... More>>
Orphan, a Decidedly Amoral Thriller Orphan
, July 22, 2009
In this decidedly amoral thriller, Vera Farmiga gives a jittery, complex performance as Kate, a high-strung Connecticut mother of two who has a... More>>
For All Its Fucking/Boozing/Fighting, Loren Cass Is a Radical Film Loren Cass
, July 22, 2009
Chris Fuller's powerfully unsettling debut—written in 1997 when the director was just 15—is a starkly lyrical portrait of angry,... More>>
The English Surgeon Prioritizes the Humanitarian Over Systemic Issues The English Surgeon
, July 22, 2009
The English surgeon is Henry Marsh, a British neuroscientist who has been traveling to Ukraine since 1992 to tutor, diagnose, and perform... More>>
Paraíso Travel Is Paraíso Lost Paraiso Travel
, July 22, 2009
Depicting the horrors of illegally crossing the U.S. border so starkly that even Lou Dobbs might shed a tear, Paraíso Travel plays its... More>>
Zombie Sex Sluts and Teen Redemption in Deadgirl Deadgirl
, July 22, 2009
'Yo, Rickie, what word starts with 'F' and ends with 'uck'? Firetruck." That's the first line from Deadgirl, which has more fantastically blunt,... More>>
Bogart's In A Lonely Place at Film Forum Bogart's In A Lonely Place at Film Forum
Playing a tortured writer in a paranoid Hollywood, Bogie kicks off Film Forum's Nick Ray fest
, July 15, 2009
Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place is the grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs—and arguably the most self-reflexive. Released in... More>>
Somers Town Gets at the Heart of Working-Class London Somers Town
Truth in advertising that might sell some train tickets
, July 15, 2009
The title of Shane Meadows's Somers Town refers to the bleak, working-class neighborhood that lies in the shadow of London's St. Pancras train... More>>
(Kenneth) Anger Management, at Anthology (Kenneth) Anger Management, at Anthology
Screening the latest as the film and art worlds compete for his star
, July 15, 2009
Aside from cursing Roger Ebert's prostate six years ago, what has Kenneth Anger been up to lately? The recent DVD editions of his classics have... More>>
Harry Potter's Magic Continues to Beguile in Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, July 15, 2009
Don't let the PG rating fool you: The dark arts are back with a vengeance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the generally grim,... More>>
"The Bard Goes Global: Shakespeare on the International Screen" at Walter Reade
, July 15, 2009
As the Western canon's go-to guy, William Shakespeare has inspired and/or confounded numerous directors looking to be both pop and profound. The... More>>
For Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel, Love Still Hurts in (500) Days of Summer (500) Days of Summer
, July 15, 2009
Seemingly similar to most factory-made rom-coms, former music-video director Marc Webb's first feature is actually far less interested in the... More>>
Hard to Care for Freeman's Homecoming, or Mischa Barton's Film Career Homecoming
, July 15, 2009
Either director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane, Desert Blue) has said his piece on the subject of young-adult dysfunction, or he's just a hack for... More>>
The Films of Robert Kramer at Anthology The Films of Robert Kramer at Anthology
, July 15, 2009
One of the greatest radical filmmakers of the '60s and '70s, Robert Kramer mixed fiction with documentary, paying scrupulous attention to the... More>>
Death in Love Struts Holocaust S&M Fantasies Death in Love
, July 15, 2009
On the heels of his promising 1994 indie debut Fresh, Boaz Yakin delivered a hatefully stacked deck against Orthodox Jewry with A Price Above... More>>
A Woman in Berlin Takes on 1945 Mass Rape in Germany A Woman in Berlin
, July 15, 2009
One of the best of a new breed of indigenous movies prying open the Pandora's box of German suffering in World War II, A Woman in Berlin takes on... More>>
Traces of Death Easier to Watch Than The Way We Get By The Way We Get By
, July 15, 2009
Aron Gaudet's documentary is a combination of sure-fire lump-in-the-throat subjects: soldiers returning from war and elderly folks contemplating... More>>
Amusingly Improbable Coincidences Satisfy in Off Jackson Avenue Off Jackson Avenue
, July 15, 2009
Brutal Albanians dupe an innocent Mexican (Jessica Pimentel) into sex slavery—she plots escape; a Chinatown don imports a Japanese... More>>
Died Young, Stayed Pretty Documents Poster Art Culture Died Young, Stayed Pretty
, July 15, 2009
Eileen Yaghoobian's doc on the loose federation of North American rock poster artists is splatter-structured, in supposed solidarity with the... More>>
Sacha Baron Cohen in Queerface for Brüno, Mumblecore Boys in Bed for Humpday Sacha Baron Cohen in Queerface for Brüno, Mumblecore Boys in Bed for Humpday
What kind of comedy is this?
, July 08, 2009
"Heterosexuals can't understand camp because everything they do is camp," opined an associate of the old Playhouse of the Ridiculous, a theater... More>>
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