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, April 22, 2009
A big-screen, family-friendly (well . . . friendlier) version of the enthralling BBC/Discovery series Planet Earth, Earth follows three animal... More>>
Affleck, Crowe Pump Adrenaline into a Dying Industry in State of Play State of Play
, April 15, 2009
Kevin Macdonald's Washington thriller is a bellows designed to puff up the most beaten-down reporter's chest. Compressed from the highly regarded... More>>
'Migrating Forms' at Anthology Film Archives 'Migrating Forms' at Anthology Film Archives
The Underground gets a new name—see you later, sk8er boi
, April 15, 2009
The Underground isn't dead—it's just been rebranded. Under the new moniker "Migrating Forms" and screening at Anthology Film Archives this... More>>
Heddy Honigmann returns to her roots
, April 15, 2009
Born in Lima, the child of Polish Jewish refugees, Heddy Honigmann studied film in Rome, lives in Amsterdam, and has made documentaries in Paris,... More>>
Winners of the Prix Louis-Delluc at BAM
How do you say 'No losers allowed' in French?
, April 15, 2009
Like all critics, the presenters of the Prix Louis-Delluc periodically screw the pooch. Prime example: 1967, when period titillation Benjamin... More>>
First Light: Satyajit Ray From the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy First Light: Satyajit Ray From the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy
, April 15, 2009
A welcome side effect of the Indian subcontinent's recently raised profile, Satyajit Ray's films are back in New York City, where his 1955 Pather... More>>
Perestroika Beguiles Perestroika
, April 15, 2009
On the evidence of his new movie, Slava Tsukerman, who made the 1982 cult film Liquid Sky, would make a brilliantly entertaining dinner guest.... More>>
Every Little Step is  a Gold Mine for Chorus Line Fans Every Little Step
, April 15, 2009
In 1974, 18 years before MTV first assembled a group of comically mismatched twentysomethings and videotaped them being real, the choreographer... More>>
Lemon Tree
, April 15, 2009
The asymmetrical border dispute in Lemon Tree feels instantly familiar, and, indeed, Israeli director Eran Riklis's last drama, The Syrian Bride,... More>>
Zac Efron Allowed to Grow Phallus for 17 Again 17 Again
, April 15, 2009
This much is for sure about the makers of the new Zac Efron picture 17 Again: They know their audience. Scientifically engineered for maximum... More>>
American Violet Good Hearted, Heavy Handed American Violet
, April 15, 2009
A docudrama with a good heart but a heavy hand, American Violet isn't shrinking. Changing the real names of the people and town involved, the... More>>
Sleep Dealer As Subtle as a Light Saber to the Face Sleep Dealer
, April 15, 2009
Science fiction easily lends itself to allegory, but while the dystopian near-future of co-writer/director Alex Rivera's feature debut focuses,... More>>
Is Anybody There? Is Crowley's Lighter Follow Up to Boy A Is Anybody There?
, April 15, 2009
Director John Crowley's lighter followup to the anguished Boy A features a standard teaming of reluctant oldster and troubled... More>>
Join The Golden Boys for Kvetching and Kibitzing The Golden Boys
, April 15, 2009
You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece of filmed dinner theater starring Rip Torn, Bruce Dern,... More>>
Léon Morin, Priest at Film Forum Léon Morin, Priest
, April 15, 2009
In 1961, reeling from the failure of his U.S.-set thriller Two Men in Manhattan and resolved to break with his image as a cult director "known... More>>
Desert Dream Desert Dream
, April 15, 2009
In Lu Zhang's 2007 film Desert Dream, the horizon divides almost every scene. A strange, strictly composed portrait of the life of a... More>>
Crank: High Voltage, the Gremlins 2 of Action Cinema Crank: High Voltage
, April 15, 2009
A glue-huffing variant on the gimmick noir DOA, 2006's Crank was a riotous demonstration of the Actionvore's Dilemma: The harsher the swill you... More>>
Seth Rogen Wanders Another Shopper's Paradise in Observe and Report Observe and Report
, April 08, 2009
As the title Observe and Report begs for analysis, I herewith declare this Seth Rogen comedy broad but thin and more bleak than... More>>
'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>>
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