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Earth Days Revisits Environmentalism's Early Years Earth Days
, August 11, 2009
Veteran doc maker Robert Stone (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Oswald's Ghost) assembles nine talking, graying heads to reminisce about... More>>
György Pálfi's Batshit Crazy Taxidermia Taxidermia
, August 11, 2009
A batshit-crazy whatsit that applies a dazzling visual vocabulary to gleefully crass buffoonery, Taxidermia suggests a Jackass flick as directed... More>>
Cloud 9 Dithers Like One Long Fretful Afternoon Cloud 9
, August 11, 2009
Seamstress Inge (Ursula Werner), professorial husband Karl (Horst Westphal), and silver fox Werner (Horst Rehberg) form a Berlin love triangle... More>>
The Abundantly Interior Decorated Time Traveler's Wife The Time Traveler's Wife
, August 11, 2009
A dapper (mostly) contemporary costume drama, The Time Traveler's Wife is abundantly interior-decorated in vintage rococo. Eric Bana, to his... More>>
Spread Melts into Sloggy Comeuppance Tale Spread
, August 11, 2009
Broke-ass hustler Nikki (Ashton Kutcher, who also produced) may not have a home or a car, but he does possess "six inches and a pretty face," in... More>>
Ponyo Appeal Not Limited to Romper Room Set Ponyo
, August 11, 2009
In the same week that the South African import District 9 gives us a Johannesburg beset by alien invaders, the latest film by animation legend... More>>
The Briskly Vulgar The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard The Briskly Vulgar The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
, August 11, 2009
Making headline writers' lives everywhere easier: The Goods doesn't deliver. Don Ready (Jeremy Piven, not changing a note from Entourage) is a... More>>
Captain Abu Raed Showcases a Promising Young Filmmaker's Powers Captain Abu Raed
, August 11, 2009
Abu Raed (Nadim Sawalha) is an elderly widower who works as a janitor at the international airport in Amman, Jordan. He's well-read,... More>>
Yasukuni Explores Persistence of Pathology Yasukuni
, August 11, 2009
Li Ying's Yasukuni begins with Japanese men reading long speeches in memory of the heroic dead of World War II, and the quick revelation that, in... More>>
It Might Get Loud Not Cranked to 11 It Might Get Loud
, August 11, 2009
Marketed as a guitar summit between The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White, Davis Guggenheim's affectionate, intermittently insightful... More>>
Grace, a Cautionary Tale of Lesbian Vegans, Maybe? Grace
, August 11, 2009
A muddled, logic-starved provocation, Grace avoids smugness by refusing to play its body horror for shits and giggles, but its resonance is... More>>
Bandslam's Cleverness Clamors Through Brainless Plot Bandslam
, August 11, 2009
Deep into this latest ride on the High School Musical bandwagon, the death of a main character's father is treated as less devastating than the... More>>
Andrew Bujalski Grows Up with Beeswax Beeswax
With a sure hand, the still-laid-back and lo-fi mumblecore matures
, August 04, 2009
Though no one's idea of an action film, Andrew Bujalski's Beeswax feels less charmingly aimless than its radically slight precursors Funny Ha Ha... More>>
In Praise of the Julia Half of Julie & Julia Julie & Julia
, August 04, 2009
It was the best of movies. It was the worst of movies. Which is to say: There's half of a great movie in Julie & Julia—but since Meryl... More>>
William Lustig's 'Buried Treasures' at Anthology William Lustig's 'Buried Treasures' at Anthology
Presenting a '70s hit list where the results aren't pretty
, August 04, 2009
A dude in a tapered-collar rayon shirt splashed with tempera blood slo-mo backflips through a window, soundtracked to fuzz bass—this is how... More>>
'Brit Noir' at Film Forum
Celebrating the spiv movie
, August 04, 2009
Having devoted the past few summers to putting the French back in noir, Film Forum crosses the channel for a month of crime films made in the... More>>
Interview: Director Alex Cox on His Long-Awaited Non-Sequel Repo Chick Interview: Director Alex Cox on His Long-Awaited Non-Sequel Repo Chick
Or, what Iggy Pop and Emilio Estevez have in common.
, August 04, 2009
Director Alex Cox has made eleven theatrical films, but it’s four early works—Repo Man, Sid And Nancy, Straight To Hell, and... More>>
Paul Giamatti's Wit is the Heart of Cold Souls Cold Souls
, August 04, 2009
Sophie Barthes's clever metaphysical comedy Cold Souls has been dubbed "Being Paul Giamatti" more than once since its Sundance 2009 debut. But if... More>>
Canary's Wringing Future-Is-Now Dystopia Canary
, August 04, 2009
"Is it the picture that's crooked, or the room that's crooked?" asks someone straightening a painting that stubbornly will not right. "Or are... More>>
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, A Summer-Season Toy-Soldier Flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
, August 04, 2009
Credited as the first “action figure,” G.I. Joe came to life in 1964 as Hasbro’s answer to Mattel’s Barbie doll. There were... More>>
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania Posits Archives as Resistance Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
, August 04, 2009
In 2007, the Lithuanian Prime Minister met film diarist Jonas Mekas for the opening of Vilnius's Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center. Mekas's... More>>
Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi All Kinds of Adorable in Paper Heart Paper Heart
, August 04, 2009
A documentary except when it's a mockumentary, this is all kinds of adorable and heartbreaking—the doc part, at least, in which Charlyne Yi... More>>
A Perfect Getaway Is Good for a B Flick A Perfect Getaway
, August 04, 2009
Because they're usually so badly made, B-movie thrillers rarely merit more than a chuckle and a roll of the eyes, but with A Perfect Getaway,... More>>
Brutal Misogyny Meets Calcified Constructs in Bliss Bliss
, August 04, 2009
If you missed June's The Stoning of Soroya M., here's another chance to be reminded of murderous misogyny in another Muslim community—this... More>>
I Sell the Dead, Snack Food For Horror Hobbyists I Sell the Dead
, August 04, 2009
Hours away from the chopping block, apprentice graverobber Arthur (Dominic Monaghan) recounts his small-hour scrapes with ghouls and ruffians to... More>>
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