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Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis Star in What Just Happened?, Another Pity-the-Producer Caper What Just Happened?
, October 15, 2008
Jaw-droppingly arcane and dripping with self-regard, Barry Levinson's tedious excuse for a Hollywood caper asks us, as if we haven't been asked a... More>>
The Sleek But Unwieldy Azur and Asmar Azur and Asmar
, October 15, 2008
With its delicate, fairy-tale bones and layer of politically conscious muscle, Azur and Asmar is a sleek and yet slightly unwieldy animal. The... More>>
The Secret Life of Bees, Tailored for the Crossover Female Market The Secret Life of Bees
, October 15, 2008
From its attention-grabbing B-movie beginning, The Secret Life of Bees, a family drama based on the bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, chugs... More>>
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie
, October 15, 2008
Straight outta the woolly nethers of Portsmouth, Ohio, comes Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie, Jay Delaney's infiltration of a two-man league of... More>>
Prototypical Sex Drive Doesn't Miss a Motif Sex Drive
, October 15, 2008
Between his unsympathetic family and his demeaning doughnut-shop job, the likable-but-luckless Ian (Josh Zuckerman) is a prototypical teen-movie... More>>
Morning Light's Squeaky Clean Disney Agenda Morning Light
, October 15, 2008
Two unnerving phenomena—the popularity of reality-TV competitions and the Walt Disney Company's ability to churn out entertainment starring... More>>
The Provocative But Inconclusive Good Dick Good Dick
, October 15, 2008
An unnamed video-store clerk (Jason Ritter) falls hard for an unnamed woman (writer-director Marianna Palka) who rents porn and barely notices... More>>
The Elephant King a Pale Excuse for a Cinematographer's Holiday The Elephant King
, October 15, 2008
In the miasma of permanent-vacation desperation (c.f. Malcolm Lowry, Saint Jack) we find Jake (Jonno Roberts), a footloose American hedonist in... More>>
Tru Loved's Utopian Multiculturalism Almost Flattens Film's Inherent Fluffiness Tru Loved
, October 15, 2008
Writer-director Stewart Wade's Tru Loved is a kitschier incarnation of an after-school special: hokey and simplistic, but also gawkily... More>>
Who Does She Think She Is? Documents the Everywoman Home/Work Struggle Who Does She Think She Is?
, October 15, 2008
Pamela Boll's documentary—about five women who heeded their instinctual desire to make art over the fears and protests of their... More>>
Mike Leigh's Optimistic Heroine in Happy-Go-Lucky Might Just Convince You to Cheer Up; Lola Montès Still Won't Mike Leigh's Optimistic Heroine in Happy-Go-Lucky Might Just Convince You to Cheer Up; Lola Montès Still Won't
Female persuasion
, October 08, 2008
It's uncommon these days to see movies with women in strong central roles. Rarer still, at least outside the tele-phantasmagoria of American... More>>
Ridley Scott's Body of Lies is the Post-9/11, Tech-Savvy Terror Thriller We Deserve Body of Lies
Lies we can believe in
, October 08, 2008
A new kind of war movie for a new kind of war, Body of Lies is about the War on Terror as it is being waged on the ground, in the air, but most... More>>
Joe Sawnberg and Greta Gerwig Attempt To Tell the Truth in Nights and Weekends Nights and Weekends
It's not as easy as the [rhymes with Dumbledore] crew would have us think
, October 08, 2008
Nights and Weekends telescopes a year-and-a-half relationship into a sampler of chats, spats, and screws. James and Mattie are two kids in their... More>>
Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time Gets Its Comeback Ashes of Time Redux
Broken heart still beats
, October 08, 2008
Cynics make the worst romantics; they should know better, they know they should know better, and they'd die if you knew better. Forced... More>>
The Express Makes a Footnote into a Legend The Express
, October 08, 2008
The story of Syracuse running back Ernie Davis—the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, in 1961, two years before he succumbed... More>>
Guy Ritchie Returns to Form, For Better Or Worse, in RocknRolla RocknRolla
, October 08, 2008
What do you have to do to get your career revoked in England, short of being Gary Glitter? After a box-office-catastrophic two-movie run, Guy... More>>
Generic Tale of Innocence Lost in Choose Connor Choose Connor
, October 08, 2008
Pimply Owen Norris (Alex Linz) thinks his life is about to begin when he lands a summer job as the youth campaign spokesman for Senator Connor... More>>
Talento de Barrio
, October 08, 2008
When conservative watchdogs snarl about the ugliness of gangsta rap, Talento de Barrio might be what they picture in their head—a vile,... More>>
Breakfast With Scot a Funny Adaptation of Michael Downing's 1999 Novel Breakfast With Scot
, October 08, 2008
Like a diva in training, 11-year-old Scot (Noah Bernett), spells his name with one "t," wears a feather boa, and isn't shy about kissing boys at... More>>
La Len
, October 08, 2008
Within the Paraná Delta, a labyrinthine system of wetlands in northern Argentina, reed harvester Alvaro (Jorge Román) is, like... More>>
Bill Maher Makes an Adolescent Case Against Religion in Religulous; Muslim Comics Play It Safe in Allah Made Me Funny Bill Maher Makes an Adolescent Case Against Religion in Religulous; Muslim Comics Play It Safe in Allah Made Me Funny
Oh, God! You devil's advocate
, October 01, 2008
Redolent of Roman decadence and authority gone mad, the title Religulous rolls pleasingly off the tongue. But Bill Maher's one-man stand-up... More>>
Best of the New York Film Fest's Nagisa Oshima Tribute Best of the New York Film Fest's Nagisa Oshima Tribute
The radical who left his will on film
, October 01, 2008
"Stop using the term 'New Wave' once and for all! Evaluate each film on its own merits!" protested a critic-turned-auteur from Kyoto named Nagisa... More>>
Airplane! Director David Zucker Talks About the Left and His New Movie An American Carol Airplane! Director David Zucker Talks About the Left and His New Movie An American Carol
The right stuff
, October 01, 2008
As part of the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker filmmaking team in the '80s, David Zucker pioneered the non sequitur spoof-comedy genre with... More>>
Afterschool Features the New York Film Fest's Youngest Filmmaker Afterschool
High school confidential
, October 01, 2008
Antonio Campos's Afterschool takes place in that familiar cauldron of adolescent turmoil, the boarding school. But the 25-year-old filmmaker's... More>>
Anne Hathaway Makes a Compelling Bad Girl in Jonathan Demme's Pedestrian Rachel Getting Married Rachel Getting Married
The other sister
, October 01, 2008
Those who believe that Jonathan Demme went all soft with Philadelphia and never recovered may not be reassured by his latest movie, an ensemble... More>>
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