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Hillenbrand Bro Draxploitation Spoof Transylmania Transylmania
, December 01, 2009
Humping the vampire trend, straight-to-DVD director bros David and Scott Hillenbrand get some multiplex action by shoehorning their usual... More>>
Viggo Mortensen's The Road Takes Path of Least Resistance The Road
, November 24, 2009
The Road, Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize–winning, Oprah-endorsed, post-apocalyptic survivalist prose poem—in which a father and his... More>>
Disney's Princess and the Frog Can't Escape the Ghetto The Princess and the Frog
, November 24, 2009
Six decades after unleashing persistent NAACP bugaboo Song of the South (1946), and two after firmly suppressing it, that peculiar cultural... More>>
Pippa Lee, Desperate Housewife The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Married in the 'burbs—can we really expect anything but comatose?
, November 24, 2009
Rebecca Miller's fourth feature may be the only film you'll ever see with both Cornel West and Monica Bellucci in minor roles. But it is also... More>>
Small Change at IFC, A Winter Portrait at Alliance Française Small Change at IFC, A Winter Portrait at Alliance Française
No mugging for the camera for François Truffaut
, November 24, 2009
Literally translated as "Pocket Money," the title of François Truffaut's 1976 film gets at something meager and precious about childhood.... More>>
Richard Linklater's Orson Welles Puts on Quite a Show Me and Orson Welles
, November 24, 2009
The most significant American artist before Andy Warhol to take "the media" as his medium, Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously... More>>
Paranoia Sets into Ursula Meier's Home Home
, November 24, 2009
The opening scenes of Home—a nighttime game of street hockey, a bathing session that turns into a five-way splash fight—establish the... More>>
'Celebrating Chekhov' and Ward No. 6 'Celebrating Chekhov' and Ward No. 6
, November 24, 2009
With "Celebrating Chekhov," Lincoln Center compiles seven screen adaptations from the good doctor. Of the five Soviet-era productions, 1970's... More>>
Zombies More Fun than Limb-Snapping Ninja Assassin Ninja Assassin
, November 24, 2009
Isn't that a tautology—both ninja and assassin? Redundancy aside, having braved zombies in 28 Days Later, Naomie Harris now faces a... More>>
17th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival
, November 24, 2009
Homecomings, corruption, and applied radicalism recur as concerns throughout the customary big-tent selection of this year's African Diaspora... More>>
Nicolas Cage Makes Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant Almost Fun Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
, November 17, 2009
The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara who, exploding in fury... More>>
Aleksandr Sokurov's The Sun Meditates on Hirohito The Sun
, November 17, 2009
The most perverse installment of Aleksandr Sokurov's dictator cycle, The Sun follows the Russian director's meditations on Hitler (Moloch, 1999)... More>>
MOMA Brings Tim Burton's Outsider Art In MOMA Brings Tim Burton's Outsider Art In
, November 17, 2009
What will five months of feting by MOMA do to Tim Burton's perversely blockbusting outsider art? Probably nothing. Intensely devoted to a... More>>
Twilight 2: Too Much Angst, Not Enough Saga The Twilight Saga: New Moon
, November 17, 2009
Bella: I’m coming. Edward: I don’t want you to.—The Twilight Saga: New Moon Worry not for the purity of your tween girls,... More>>
John Woo's Killer Instincts Return for Red Cliff Red Cliff
Abridged for American consumption
, November 17, 2009
John Woo spent a decade navigating the big-studio minefield—longer than most foreign auteurs last in Hollywood before throwing in the... More>>
For Broken Embraces, Almodóvar Still Believes in Almodóvar™ Broken Embraces
, November 17, 2009
"Everything's already happened to me," admits Harry Caine, the blind, middle-aged filmmaker in Broken Embraces. "All that's left is to enjoy... More>>
Liv Ullmann Retro at BAM Liv Ullmann Retro at BAM
, November 17, 2009
With her large, if rare, grin and high forehead, Liv Ullmann was always the least dreamy of the axiomatic New Wave–era actresses—she... More>>
Get Pummeled by Global Guilt-Tripping with Mammoth Mammoth
, November 17, 2009
English, Tagalog, and Thai are spoken in Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, but he communicates only in the idiom of Crash and... More>>
Meet Tao Ruspoli's Glib, Posturing Fix Fix
, November 17, 2009
You wouldn't guess this by reading the film histories of the period, but, back in the day, most of us who were young and sentient scornfully... More>>
Defamation Eyes the Modern Face of Anti-Semitism Defamation
, November 17, 2009
Jewish Israeli director Yoav Shamir's cheerfully incendiary documentary about the modern face of anti-Semitism begins with Shamir (Checkpoint)... More>>
The War on Kids, a Critique of Public School Culture The War on Kids
, November 17, 2009
Cevin Soling's lively documentary lays out in hair-raising detail the authoritarian underpinnings of America's child-centered culture, in which a... More>>
Saintly White People Do the Saving in The Blind Side The Blind Side
, November 17, 2009
Another poor, massive, uneducated African-American teenager lumbers onto screens this month, two weeks after Precious and obviously timed as a... More>>
Buschel's Missing Person Gestures Towards Missing Profundity The Missing Person
, November 17, 2009
John Rosow is a P.I., hired off a cold-call to trail a man. It turns out he's distinctly bad at his job—once he's got his mark in sight, he... More>>
James DeMonaco's Debut, Staten Island Staten Island
Featuring Ethan Hawke, looking nothing like a septic-tank cleaner
, November 17, 2009
Native son James DeMonaco overlaps three Staten Island stories, set amid strip-mall Italian joints, tasteless suburban manors, and ship... More>>
My Dear Enemy
, November 17, 2009
Tapping into a palpable strain of economic anxiety, My Dear Enemy turns the money quest of two hard-luck Seoul residents into a dryly comic... More>>
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