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The Cannes Film Festival Thus Far The Cannes Film Festival Thus Far
Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone
, May 20, 2008
CANNES, France—No need for dreaming here. Each Cannes Film Festival generates its own metaphors for a 10-day regimen of visions in the... More>>
The Edge of Heaven Can Wait The Edge of Heaven
Storylines and cultures crash—and isn't it arty?
, May 20, 2008
The Edge of Heaven disembarks stateside still flush from an award-reaping Eurasian tour. That the European Film Awards tossed Fatih Akin's... More>>
The Children of Huang Shi: Epic Bore The Children of Huang Shi
Just another extraordinary journey to redemption
, May 20, 2008
Loath though I am to carp about any director who's devoted chunks of his career to bringing the non-white world's suffering to Western attention,... More>>
Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline
Its very own temple of doom, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull digs Indy into a very deep hole
, May 20, 2008
Here's your hat, Indy, but, really, what's your hurry? Because 19 years after the Last Crusade that clearly wasn't, and 15 years after the old... More>>
Some Alternate Cannes Awards Some Alternate Cannes Awards
Che wins the only Cannes award that really matters: ours
, May 20, 2008
CANNES, France—The competition for the Palme d’Or is ongoing as I write, but the story of the 61st Cannes Film Festival is Steven... More>>
Cannes Class of 2008 Cannes Class of 2008
A jury divided unites around Laurent Cantet’s schoolhouse drama
, May 20, 2008
CANNES, France—Wading through 20-odd movies in half as many languages, each Cannes jury supplies its own dramatic narrative, to be... More>>
Insidious: Not Quite Cleaver Insidious
Needs more Baldwin
, May 20, 2008
Would that Jerry Schram's bargain-basement digital cheapie Insidious had the blood and guts (and Baldwin brother) of Christopher Moltisanti's... More>>
Postal: Uwe Boll Rides Again Postal
Comedic super-barf
, May 20, 2008
Regurgitating Mad Magazine, South Park, and Borat into what he believes may be some sort of comedic super-barf, German fauxteur Uwe Boll... More>>
Puzzling Struggle in A Jihad for Love A Jihad for Love
Doc investigates gay Islam
, May 20, 2008
Muslims, Jews, and Christians may have their, oh, occasional differences, but as an Islamic scholar observes early in Parvez Sharma's... More>>
Devil-Horns for Heavy Metal in Baghdad Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Recent history through a narrow prism
, May 20, 2008
Viewing an unwieldy topic through a narrow prism almost always yields greater insights than a sprawling overview, and prisms don't get much... More>>
War, Inc.: Iraq Farce War, Inc.
You know what they say about good intentions
, May 20, 2008
Impassioned lefties John Cusack, cult novelist Mark Leyner, and Bullworth scribe Jeremy Pikser co-wrote this ineffectual Iraq War farce, which... More>>
Sangre de Mi Sangre: An Identity Politics Thriller Sangre de Mi Sangre
Mexican illegals search and scrap for a home in Christopher Zalla's debut
, May 13, 2008
How to turn a social problem into an existential drama? Sangre de Mi Sangre (Blood of My Blood), a first feature written and directed by... More>>
Jennifer Jones: Selznick's Muse Saint and Sinner: The Tempestuous Career of Jennifer Jones

From good girl to bad, one woman 's golden age in Hollywood

, May 13, 2008
The girl who would be Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Isley, in Oklahoma. She made her movie debut in 1939 in a supporting role in New Frontier, a... More>>
James Nares's Downtown Empire Strikes Back James Nares's Downtown Empire Strikes Back
'70s avant-garde filmmaker-cum-painter returns to the moving image
, May 13, 2008
Not far into Rome 78, James Nares's unlikely rendering of a sword-and-sandal costume drama on the minuscule format of Super-8 sound film, two... More>>
Paraguayan Hammock
Worth the 30-year wait
, May 13, 2008
The first 35mm all-Paraguayan feature film in three decades, Paz Encina's Paraguayan Hammock could have been made a century ago—albeit in... More>>
Prince Caspian Loses Some Magic Prince Caspian
Facing Indy at the box office, Narnia sequel ups the action
, May 13, 2008
“Things never happen the same way twice.” Thus boometh Aslan the lion (Liam Neeson), alias the Son of God, popping his... More>>
My Father, My Lord's Spiritual Crisis My Father, My Lord
David Volanch's struggle with fundamentalism
, May 13, 2008
Like Amos Gitai's 1999 Kadosh, Israeli writer-director David Volach's first feature has scores to settle with Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, especially... More>>
Short Order, a Movie about Munching and Mating Short Order, a Movie about Munching and Mating
, May 13, 2008
Short Order, a movie about munching and mating, tracks the trials of Fifi (Emma de Caunes), a promising chef whose quarter-life crisis has... More>>
Yella: Corporate Ghost Story Yella
Christian Petzold's metaphysical horror
, May 13, 2008
The gifted German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Wolfsburg, The State I Am In) wrote and directed this tightly controlled metaphysical horror... More>>
The Unlikely Heroes of Quantum Hoops Quantum Hoops: The Caltech Basketball Story
Braniac underdogs in basketball doc
, May 13, 2008
The documentary Quantum Hoops is firmly rooted in a premise that Americans love and hold dear as a reflection of our collective mythological... More>>
Reprise: A Beautiful Riff Reprise
The rare example of a resonant gimmick
, May 13, 2008
Joachim Trier's dazzlingly kinetic tale of two aspiring Norwegian cult novelists is bounded by fantasies of what might have become of the friends... More>>
Speed Racer on a Fast Track to Nowhere Speed Racer
It's anime on overdrive in the Wachowski's souped-up, tricked-out cartoon adaptation
, May 06, 2008
Converting a fondly remembered cartoon series—one of the first Japanese animes syndicated on American TV—into a prospective... More>>
Surfwise: An Alt-Family Portrait Surfwise
Parenting off the grid–and eventually off the reservation
, May 06, 2008
Halfway through Surfwise, a mesmerizingly ambivalent documentary about an itinerant family of Jewish surfer-dude health nuts, we meet the... More>>
Battle for Haditha: Nick Broomfield's Hopeful Iraq Drama Battle for Haditha
Broomfield and his actors use both hearts and minds in this sympathetic re-creation of the Haditha massacre
, May 06, 2008
Nick Broomfield, known for his unseemly documentary portraits of Aileen Wuornos, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love, brings a surprising dose of... More>>
Poultrygeist: Troma Reboots Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
Old exploitation meets new references
, May 06, 2008
A blend of 11 herbs and spices accounts for the secret recipe for Colonel Sanders's Kentucky Fried Chicken. Less furtive and more bounteous are... More>>
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