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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>>
Three Foreigners Who Made Baron Cohen's Brüno Possible Three Foreigners Who Made Baron Cohen's Brüno Possible
, July 08, 2009
'Borat was so 2006," the tagline for Brüno reads, but Sacha Baron Cohen's lavender Molotov cocktail is very 1882—the year Oscar Wilde... More>>
Soul Power Follows the Artists Who Went with Ali to Zaire Soul Power
, July 08, 2009
"When you bad," boasts the young, beautiful, piss-and-vinegar-filled Muhammad Ali early in the documentary Soul Power, "you can do what you wanna... More>>
Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid at BAM Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid at BAM
, July 08, 2009
Dedicated to Jean Renoir, based on a noir novel by Cornell Woolrich, and an homage of sorts to Vertigo, Truffaut's frequently overlooked eighth... More>>
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Traces a Pre-Lucille Ball Woman's Comedy Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
, July 08, 2009
Did you know that goy god Steve McQueen got an early walk-on on a Jewish television sitcom? That's just one of the tasty tidbits in Aviva... More>>
Blood: The Last Vampire Will Have You Ready to Fall On Your Samurai Sword Blood: The Last Vampire
, July 08, 2009
After a couple weeks' worth of clever, what-the-fuck nuttiness at the New York Asian Film Festival, self-serious commercial pap like this... More>>
I Love You, Beth Cooper As Funny as a Hit and Run I Love You, Beth Cooper
, July 08, 2009
Did erstwhile John Hughes protégé and Harry Potter progenitor Chris Columbus fall behind on his payments on a sub-prime mortgage?... More>>
The Vanished Empire Tries Coming of Age in 70's Moscow The Vanished Empire
, July 08, 2009
Moscow, 1973: Not a wild and swingin' era, but veteran director Karen Shakhnazarov attempts the standard coming-of-ager anyway. Unable to take... More>>
Lingering Pauses of Lake Tahoe Must Be 10 Months Pregnant Lake Tahoe
, July 08, 2009
Coming down from the Saturday sugar rush of his 2006 comedy Duck Season, Mexican auteur Fernando Eimbcke's lovely, Yucatán-set dramedy... More>>
Agnès Varda Turns Her Life into a Beautiful Waking Dream The Beaches of Agnès
, July 01, 2009
The cinema, social theorist and sometime filmmaker Edgar Morin argued, is the model for our "mental commerce" with the world. Even awake and in... More>>
Larrain's Tony Manero Turns Fantasies to Nightmares Tony Manero
, July 01, 2009
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's alarming Tony Manero—named not for its protagonist, but rather his ego-ideal, John Travolta's character... More>>
Depp Does John Dillinger's Life and Crimes in Public Enemies Public Enemies
, July 01, 2009
"They're all about where people come from. Nobody seems to wonder where somebody's going." So says the Depression-era bank-robber-cum-folk-hero... More>>
"A Willie Nelson 4th of July" at Anthology "A Willie Nelson 4th of July" at Anthology
If you hate Willie Nelson, you hate America. Happy 4th!
, July 01, 2009
In 1973, Willie Nelson—idealist, crass opportunist, and periodic genius—threw a July 4th "picnic" jamboree, envisioned as a... More>>
20 Years in, Strand Still Releasing (Prudently) on the Edge
, July 01, 2009
Without the bold film distributor Strand Releasing, provocative work like Jacques Nolot's 2007 bracing hustler-memoir Before I Forget or Lucrecia... More>>
Lion's Den Buoyed by Heroine's Nuanced Performance Lion's Den
, July 01, 2009
Pablo Trapero's unpretentious prison drama wasn't exceptional enough to win the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes, but what's downright neglectful... More>>
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