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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>>
Love Happens—A Male Weepie Love Happens
, September 15, 2009
“The sap pollutes the water, and then they die,” florist Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) upbraids her employee on the importance of... More>>
If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans
, September 15, 2009
Heiko Kalmbach, another would-be DVCam Vasari, has produced an artist documentary that's best when its subject, a German-born, London-based... More>>
Harmony and Me Poorly Shot, Consistently Funny Harmony and Me
, September 15, 2009
Slight, indifferently shot, and entirely lacking in ballast, Harmony and Me's sole justification for being is that it's consistently very funny.... More>>
You're with Fuel or You're Raping the Planet Fuel
, September 15, 2009
This documentary about the virtues of biofuel relies heavily on the life of director-evangelist-narrator Joshua Tickell. Born in Australia,... More>>
Fatal Promises
, September 15, 2009
The opening montage of Kat Rohrer's human-trafficking exposé Fatal Promises abounds in rhetorical flourish. Under stacked sound bites... More>>
Jennifer's Body Eats Men, Forces Awkward Teen Dialogue Jennifer's Body
, September 15, 2009
A premeditated cult classic—they're kind of like "pre-worn" designer jeans—Jennifer's Body seems designed more to be quoted than... More>>
9, Shane Acker's Animated Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape 9
WALL-E would never get out alive.
, September 08, 2009
Early in Shane Acker's computer-animated debut feature 9, a diminutive anthropomorphic whatsit with wooden hands, copper fingers, and the titular... More>>
Joe Berlinger's Remarkable Crude Crude
Toxic battle between big oil and dying natives in Ecuador gets vérité treatment
, September 08, 2009
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it's thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction, serpentine... More>>
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