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New York Film Festival 2009: This Year's Documentaries New York Film Festival 2009: This Year's Documentaries
, September 22, 2009
Each year, a documentary or two peers out from the narrative ranks of the New York Film Festival, which has, in the past, premiered work by... More>>
New York Film Festival 2009: Resurrecting Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno New York Film Festival 2009: Resurrecting Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Serge Bromberg brings the never-finished disasterpiece back to haunting life
, September 22, 2009
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1950s' run, including The Wages of Fear and Les diaboliques, made him an international name. Inferno, his... More>>
Michael Moore Is Now a Marxist for Capitalism: A Love Story Capitalism: A Love Story
But he's still selling the same old shtick
, September 22, 2009
The ushers at a packed screening of Michael Moore's latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, came proudly decked out in T-shirts bearing slogans... More>>
Chanel Hagiography Is So Last Season in Coco Before Chanel Coco Before Chanel
, September 22, 2009
Anne Fontaine's Coco Before Chanel gives us Belle Époque Coco, opening in 1893 with a grim scene of the 10-year-old waif and her sister... More>>
John Krasinski Makes a Mess of DFW's Hideous Men Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
, September 22, 2009
"Everything I write ends up being about loneliness," said the late writer David Foster Wallace in a 1999 interview on the radio show "Bookworm."... More>>
Just Another Day in Michael Almereyda's Paradise Paradise
Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
, September 22, 2009
Being trapped by a stranger's home movies might ordinarily feel akin to the Ludovico treatment from A Clockwork Orange, but director Michael... More>>
Lord of the Flies Meets J. Crew Spread in The Boys Are Back The Boys Are Back
, September 22, 2009
In the Oscar derby for Best Actor, is it better to die or to grieve? Clive Owen opts for the latter route in this strained, sentimental... More>>
The New Fame: Sanitized Moppets Sing the Body Generic Fame
A drag-queen-less field trip to Lucky Cheng's
, September 22, 2009
Baby, look at me. Gone are Leroy’s cornrows, short-shorts, and leg warmers: The anodyne adolescents in 25-year-old Kevin Tancharoen’s... More>>
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Wusses Out I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
, September 22, 2009
Tucker Max got famous through a website detailing how being an asshole to women constantly got him laid, making him a hero to frat boys and a... More>>
Mumblecore Father Henry Jaglom Trudges on with Irene in Time Irene in Time
, September 22, 2009
Casually dismissed by those who place a premium on things like narrative, visual lucidity, and editorial smoothness, writer/director/emotional... More>>
Clichés of Pandorum Get Sorta Interesting Pandorum
, September 22, 2009
Despite too many cheap, sound-cue scares and a slow-boil plot that veers between tension and tedium, Pandorum—a dead-serious, horror/sci-fi... More>>
The Blue Tooth Virgin Hates Arty Stuff, Too The Blue Tooth Virgin
, September 22, 2009
For anyone who has ever hated a movie because it's too "arty" or "edgy," here comes The Blue Tooth Virgin to agree with you and argue that... More>>
Surrogates: Bruce Willis is Fine; So Are Radha Mitchell's High-Heeled Acrobatics Surrogates
, September 22, 2009
A montage of news footage crisply introduces the not-too-distant future, where the world’s white-collar professionals live vicariously... More>>
Blind Date Suffers from Restrictions of an Ode Blind Date
, September 22, 2009
In honor of Dutch provocateur Theo van Gogh—who was murdered in 2004 by an Islamic extremist, angered by one of his films—Van Gogh's... More>>
Array of Talking Heads Line In Search of Beethoven In Search of Beethoven
, September 22, 2009
In Search of Beethoven plays like a good, if necessarily condensed critical biography. Drawing from archival letters, interviews with... More>>
The Sometimes Riveting Infomercial The Providence Effect The Providence Effect
, September 22, 2009
Tucked in the closing credits for Rollin Binzer's documentary The Providence Effect is a line noting that all proceeds from the film will be... More>>
Bright Star, an Ode to John Keats's Great Love Bright Star
, September 15, 2009
Set in the bucolic suburbs of early-19th-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion's Bright Star recounts the love... More>>
Family Drama, Sans Screaming, in Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum 35 Shots of Rum
, September 15, 2009
Recent American films about families, like last year's Rachel Getting Married and Revolutionary Road, all too often pierce eardrums with... More>>
John Huston's Late-Career Hit, Fat City Fat City
, September 15, 2009
In production, during the period when the existential road film and the hippie western represented the height of Hollywood maverick-ism, John... More>>
The Informant! Gets Cute with Corporate Scandal, Blows the Story The Informant!
No exclamation point necessary
, September 15, 2009
As evidenced by The Informant!, it's a hell of a tricky thing turning real-life pulp into floss sugar. The story of Archer Daniels Midland... More>>
Coetzee's Disgrace Rendered Crisply by Anna Maria Monticelli Disgrace
, September 15, 2009
Dour, detached, and oozing general contempt, the professor of literature who runs afoul of post-apartheid South Africa in Australian director... More>>
Paris Feels Like an Obligatory Visit Paris
, September 15, 2009
Paris, as overdocumented as any great city, still has new facets to reflect. For proof, see Claire Denis's idiosyncratically observed 35 Shots of... More>>
Obviousness Staggering in The Burning Plain The Burning Plain
, September 15, 2009
Oregon restaurant manager Charlize Theron, prone to submissive promiscuity and self-inflicted violence, sits naked in bed next to her lover. A... More>>
Enter Gorgeous, Outlandish Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
, September 15, 2009
Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno co-directs the first in a planned tetralogy that reboots (and spiffs up with gorgeously soft-lit 3-D... More>>
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
, September 15, 2009
Daniel Ellsberg was an ex-Marine, trusted analyst, and Cold Warrior under Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, who, "from the entrails of a... More>>
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