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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>>
House is a Christian Parable Dressed Up in Horror Trappings House
, November 12, 2008
A few months ago, Lionsgate issued a trailer for Saw V that tried to fake out viewers into thinking they were watching an ad for a Christian... More>>
War Child War Child
, November 12, 2008
As we continue to bask in the rain of hopeflakes commanded by President-elect Obama, coincidental timing brings this doc about Emmanuel Jal,... More>>
Embarrassing Camp in Repo! The Genetic Opera Repo! The Genetic Opera
A Saw director gets musical
, November 05, 2008
Movie cults are born, not made. A youthful audience discovered Donnie Darko on its own, even as another demographic transformed The Sound of... More>>
Paul Rudd Going Nowhere—Except School—in Role Models Role Models
Smarter and bawdier than your average boys-to-men movie
, November 05, 2008
Paul Rudd wears the constant look of glazed-eye amusement; everything seems to tickle him, even that which annoys or frustrates or disappoints... More>>
The Self-Reflexive Mockery of JCVD JCVD
Van Damme gets emotional
, November 05, 2008
Shown in the market last May at Cannes, Jean-Claude Van Damme's JCVD garnered a surprise critical cult. Audiences, midnight or otherwise, may... More>>
From Robert Frank's Beat Movies to a Nearly Unknown Staged Afternoon, at Anthology From Robert Frank's Beat Movies to a Nearly Unknown Staged Afternoon, at Anthology
Anthology gets Frank
, November 05, 2008
Who is Robert Frank? The most influential of mid-century American photographers? Eternal boho and Beat Generation fellow traveler? Venerable... More>>
The Other Israel Film Festival The Other Israel Film Festival
, November 05, 2008
Often more affluent and established than their Palestinian brethren in refugee camps, Israeli Arabs are nonetheless haplessly caught in the... More>>
The Guitar The Guitar
, November 05, 2008
Ever wonder where those model-perfect homeless girls you always see riffing on Stratocasters in Tompkins Square Park come from? The answer lies... More>>
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