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Rome & Jewel's Soapy, Contemporary Take On Shakespeare Not As Good As Baz Luhrmann's Rome & Jewel
, November 26, 2008
A dozen years before Baz Luhrmann shared his epic new recipe for Australian fondue, his Romeo + Juliet distilled the essence of Shakespeare's... More>>
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Wraps Up the Boomer Era Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
A documentary about a legendary Ivy football game—fought to a tie
, November 19, 2008
Pundits agree: The 2008 election has finally and forever rung down the curtain on America's longest-running psychodrama, namely the... More>>
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) Offers a Phantasmagoria of Wartime Indochina The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Ellen Kuras offers a parallel world traveling beside our own
, November 19, 2008
Some 23 years in the making, Ellen Kuras's first film as a director is a portrait of Laotian refugee Thavisouk Phrasavath. The Betrayal... More>>
Film Forum Celebrates Carole Lombard Film Forum Celebrates Carole Lombard
The centenary of Hollywood's grande dame of ditz
, November 19, 2008
Mobilizing a heart-shaped face that might have been carved from alabaster were it not quite so elastic, oversized eyes that flicked from... More>>
Disney's Bolt is a Starry Dog Story Bolt
, November 19, 2008
With his blazing white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of... More>>
Lake City Flooded With Twangy Tropes and Torpidity Lake City
, November 19, 2008
Troy Garity has a rangy, lonesome-stranger body and pouchy eyes. He can boot a cigarette butt to the curb like a champ and fill a frame with the... More>>
Twilight Pares the Book Down to Essential, Unconsummated Love Story Twilight
, November 19, 2008
Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular novel, Twilight—the first in a four-book series about a 17-year-old girl who falls in love with the... More>>
Special's Sad Portrait of Delusion, For the Jackass Set Special
, November 19, 2008
That superhero triumphalism continues to dominate Hollywood is a peculiar trend in our pop-cultural history, but it makes the trickle down into... More>>
I Can’t Think Straight is Mildly Spicy Fluff I Cant Think Straight
, November 19, 2008
Fall asleep flipping channels between Oxygen, Here!, and Lifetime, and you’re likely to find Shamim Sarif’s slickly innocuous lesbian... More>>
The Films of Andrej Zdravic at Anthology
, November 19, 2008
With physical nature as his muse, Andrej Zdravic doesn't capture beauty in the mundane but in the microcosmic; for more than three decades, the... More>>
Henry May Long Wallows in Unrequited Love, 1880's Retro Style Henry May Long
, November 19, 2008
Break out the laudanum: It's time for some totally 1880's retro, courtesy of period melodrama Henry May Long. From director Randy Sharp of the... More>>
At Times Inspired, Otherwise Banal, Were the World Mine Takes on Shakespeare Were the World Mine
, November 19, 2008
Tom Gustafson's queer-centric take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream teeters between banal conceptualizing and inspired execution. When... More>>
Desplechin's A Christmas Tale is the Gift this Season Needs A Christmas Tale
This touching family comedy is a holiday feast, with extra stuffing
, November 12, 2008
Arnaud Desplechin is a cinema maximalist: A Christmas Tale feels like all 12 days of seasonal merriment, and then some. This comic, ultimately... More>>
Anthology Takes a Tour of the Bonnie and Clyde Director's America Anthology Takes a Tour of the Bonnie and Clyde Director's America
(Arthur) Penn in the margins
, November 12, 2008
Arthur Penn last directed for the big screen in 1989—a Penn & Teller movie, at that. Now 85, he's on the posterity circuit—a voice... More>>
Bollywood meets Hollywood in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire
, November 12, 2008
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn't in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means being... More>>
Marc Forster Has a License to Confuse and Bore in Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace
Neither shaken nor stirred
, November 12, 2008
Those of us who adored Casino Royale, the 2006 reboot of the haggard, self-parodic James Bond franchise, had some trouble trying to decide where... More>>
Vadim Glowna's Laborious House of the Sleeping Beauties House of the Sleeping Beauties
A second viewing of Synecdoche would be less painful
, November 12, 2008
Edmond (Vadim Glowna) is a tortured old man. His dreams? "Toads . . . black dogs, and drowned corpses." So, off Edmond goes to a mysterious... More>>
Dinner With the President: A Nation's Journey Dinner With the President: A Nation's Journey
, November 12, 2008
A few minutes into Dinner With the President, co-director Sabiha Sumar shows her friends gathering for a dinner party, which, she explains in... More>>
The Dukes' Low-Payoff Losers Work the L.A. Nostalgia Circuit The Dukes
, November 12, 2008
Even if you don't know the name, you'll recognize Robert Davi's slightly corroded handsomeness and shiny, bottomless eyes. The ubiquitous... More>>
We Are Wizards Rambles through a Nation of Harry Potter Obsessions We Are Wizards
, November 12, 2008
Pop eats itself with gusto, but it's a meal only partially digested in this amiably rambling documentary on Harry Potter fandom. Director Josh... More>>
The Beautiful Truth Preaches Cancer Prevention to Kids, Creepily The Beautiful Truth
, November 12, 2008
Writer-director Steve Kroschel's documentary preaches (and preaches and preaches) the gospel of Dr. Max Gerson, who developed a dietary regimen... More>>
'New French Films' at BAM 'New French Films' at BAM
, November 12, 2008
BAM's annual "New French Films" spread includes two selections (The Secret of the Grain and Angel) soon to be released by IFC; all but those... More>>
Classic Hip Hop Documentary Wild Style Gets a Week at Film Forum Wild Style
, November 12, 2008
Originally released in 1983, Charles Ahearn's classic hip-hop film, Wild Style, laid out from the start a lot of the overlapping issues that... More>>
Eden Offers An Honest Look into an Imploding Marriage Eden
, November 12, 2008
This portrait of an imploding marriage is remarkable for every reason that counts in a good film: Its emotions are passionate and immediate, yet... More>>
How About You Offers Stellar Cast to the Saturday Night PBS Set How About You
, November 12, 2008
Again with the grumpy old geezers burnished into old dears just in time for Christmas by a rosy young beauty with problems of her own? The twist... More>>
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