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Fifth Annual Afro-Punk Festival at BAM Fifth Annual Afro-Punk Festival at BAM
, July 01, 2009
BAM's fifth annual ode to black power and DIY revolution blows out the boom-box with a 20th-anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing (part of... More>>
The Girl From Monaco The Girl From Monaco
, July 01, 2009
There's not much to this thin, sun-drenched concoction about a straight-arrow Paris lawyer (Fabrice Luchini) who descends on the titular... More>>
Kabir Khan's Predictable 9/11 Drama New York New York
, July 01, 2009
The so–called Bollywood strike that has kept new Indian commercial movies off international screens for the past two months was more like a... More>>
No Breathing Life into Third Ice Ages Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
, July 01, 2009
Though hardly landmarks of narrative or animation art, the first two Ice Ages were warm and goofy and appealing; John Leguizamo's adorably... More>>
I Hate Valentine's Day, Vardalos' Ham-Fisted  Greek Wedding Rebound Flick I Hate Valentine's Day
, July 01, 2009
Introducing her new romantic comedy at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, writer/director/star Nia Vardalos warned attending critics who had... More>>
Bollywood Takes L.A. in Kambakkht Ishq Kambakkht Ishq
, July 01, 2009
The Bollywood–gone–Hollywood Kambakkht Ishq makes a convincing argument that the problem with comparably cheesy American romantic... More>>
The Hurt Locker, Ticking Time Bomb of a Movie The Hurt Locker
As unconventional as the warfare it depicts
, June 24, 2009
Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts your nerves in a... More>>
Interview: Kathryn Bigelow Goes Where the Action Is
, June 24, 2009
Adrenalist auteur Kathryn Bigelow, 57, makes genre hybrids so exciting and engrossing that they get to be unnerving—which is part of the... More>>
Jennifer Lynch Returns Triumphant with Surveillance Surveillance
She brings Julia Ormond along for the ride
, June 24, 2009
Jennifer Lynch has been tarred with the unfounded claim that her films get made only because of who her father is. David Lynch serves as... More>>
10 Rillington Coolly Documents the Case of an Infamous Lady Killer 10 Rillington Place
It's all in the execution
, June 24, 2009
More highly regarded these days than when it was released in 1971, Richard Fleischer's 10 Rillington Place is a grimly efficient treatment of a... More>>
Michael Bay Can't Live Up to Michael Bay in Transformers Part 2 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, June 24, 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a bewildering, noisy, sloppy, cynical piece of work, a movie that sneers at the audience for 147 minutes... More>>
Agnès Varda From 0 to 80 Agnès Varda From 0 to 80
Talking with a grande dame of French cinema
, June 24, 2009
On the eve of her 80th birthday, filmmaker Agnès Varda, frequently referred to as "the godmother of the French New Wave," made the... More>>
Afghan Star Documents American Idol Translated to a Closed Society Afghan Star
, June 24, 2009
If you think it's impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking's documentary... More>>
"Japan Cuts" at Japan Society
, June 24, 2009
Overall tamer than the New York Asian Film Festival's pop freakout (the two series co-present nine of their films, including must-sees like Love... More>>
A Particularly Appalling Application of Sharia Law in Stoning of Soraya M. The Stoning of Soraya M.
, June 24, 2009
For those ambivalent about whether stoning women to death is a cruel punishment or not, here's The Stoning Of Soraya M., a dutifully plodding, if... More>>
Anemic Adaptation of Chéri Could Have Put Colette to Sleep Chéri
, June 24, 2009
'For the first time in my life, I felt morally certain of having written a novel for which I need neither blush nor doubt," Colette said of... More>>
Family Catharsis in the Courtroom in My Sister's Keeper My Sister's Keeper
, June 24, 2009
Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald's parents didn't just plan for her—they customized her in utero, with the specific end of providing spare... More>>
Quiet Chaos Vacuous, Desultory, with Laughs Poking Through Quiet Chaos
, June 24, 2009
What in the world ails Italian writer/actor/director Nanni Moretti, who made the wonderfully spry and funny Dear Diary (1993), then took a wrong... More>>
Local Color Talks About Art Local Color
What could be more artless?
, June 24, 2009
How is it that a film about the love of art can make art seem so detestable? Years before scripting Midnight Run and The Whole Ten Yards,... More>>
Not Even Larry David Can Salvage Woody's Whatever Works Not Even Larry David Can Salvage Woody's Whatever Works
Plus: Israel's own neurotic Etgar Keret's $9.99
, June 17, 2009
Character is destiny—at least for Woody Allen's Whatever Works. Allen's exercise in Woody Allen nostalgia opens with a snatch of Groucho... More>>
HEYANewfest HEYANewfest
But will young people come to Brooklyn?
, June 17, 2009
That BAMcinématek's inaugural 16-day festival looks to bring in something other than the mortuary crowds of Manhattan moviegoers is... More>>
The New York Asian Film Festival Is the Best Ticket in Town The New York Asian Film Festival Is the Best Ticket in Town
Still crazy after all these years
, June 17, 2009
It's back! Everyone's favorite pan-Asian cinematic WTF smorgasbord returns for another face-stuffing binge of robot penises, severed fingers,... More>>
Brecht, Godard, and Duvivier on DVD
, June 17, 2009
The time could hardly be more auspicious for a restored version of Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World?, the 1932 echt Weimar early talkie... More>>
Ocean Crises Lurk in End of the Line The End of the Line
, June 17, 2009
We're overwhelmed by crises these days (financial, terrorist, climate, mid-life), and, as if we needed to be depressed any further, each seems to... More>>
Under Our Skin Raises Alarm on Lyme Disease Under Our Skin
, June 17, 2009
Under Our Skin, like most activist documentaries, isn't content to merely make its case and get out of the room. It has to convince us we're... More>>
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