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Tony Gilroy's (Heretofore Unseen) Expert Light Touch in Duplicity Duplicity
, March 18, 2009
Whether it's the amnesiac super-spy of the Bourne franchise or the weary law-firm fixer of Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy specializes in characters... More>>
I Love You Man Reaches Bromantic Comedy's Greatest Heights I Love You Man
, March 18, 2009
Just as we thought the "bromantic comedy" had overstayed its welcome, the genre reaches its highest point with I Love You, Man. The subtext is... More>>
Hearts and Minds
, March 18, 2009
Like a golem summoned out of a thousand Swift Boat accusations and our latest quagmire overseas, Peter Davis's landmark 1974 documentary rises... More>>
Lushly Photographed and Sound-Designed, Sin Nombre Feels Not Quite Lived-In Sin Nombre
, March 18, 2009
Before setting pen to paper, Sin Nombre writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga purportedly rode the rails in the company of real illegal immigrants... More>>
Malkovich Swallows Up the Screen in The Great Buck Howard The Great Buck Howard
, March 18, 2009
No one does raging unlovability quite like John Malkovich, who's a total gas when he drops the bombast that often bogs down his more serious... More>>
The Edge of Love Teeters into Period Genre Trap The Edge of Love
, March 18, 2009
No longer weighted down by the perukes she had to wear in The Duchess, Keira Knightley returns to the simpler chignons of Atonement in another... More>>
The New Twenty The New Twenty
, March 18, 2009
In his sleek and accomplished debut film, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson tracks the lives and loves of a cadre of 29-year-old Manhattan... More>>
"Canadian Front" at MOMA "Canadian Front" at MOMA
, March 18, 2009
Canada's arts grants-along with its banks, health care, and charming disposition-are tough to beat. If there's a rap on the system it's that when... More>>
Skills Like This Descends into Obnoxious Quirk-Fest Skills Like This
, March 18, 2009
Monty Miranda's Skills Like This boasts the arguable distinction of being the first film produced in Colorado to be picked up for distribution. A... More>>
We Pedal Uphill We Pedal Uphill
, March 18, 2009
Roland Tec, who made the queer flick All the Rage more than a decade ago, wants to get a few things off his chest about 9/11, Katrina, and eight... More>>
, March 18, 2009
Aimed squarely at the Fried Green Tomatoes crowd, this female-empowerment flick gives the Lifetime Network a good name. Three women meet in a... More>>
Worst Christian Apocalypse Movie Ever: Knowing Knowing
, March 18, 2009
Carefully coded so as not to scare away secular audiences who just wanna see stuff blow up, this lugubrious thriller is still the closest... More>>
Super Capers Is Dumb Parody For Next Generation Geeks Super Capers
, March 18, 2009
The geeks that came of age thrilling to blockbusters like the original Star Wars trilogy and Back to the Future are settling into contented... More>>
Michael Leydon Campbell Rages and Pukes in Bob Funk Bob Funk
, March 18, 2009
Movies-especially inconsequential, earnest comedies like Bob Funk about how people "achieved" their sobriety-are as fascinating as listening to... More>>
In Private Century and A Lust For Ecstasy, Home Video as Cinema In Private Century and A Lust For Ecstasy, Home Video as Cinema
, March 11, 2009
There are some movies you needn't sit through to get. Andy Warhol's five-hour Sleep is one. Artie and Marty Rosenblatt's Baby Pictures is... More>>
From Chaos, Hope in Japanese Films Tôkyô Sonata and Megane From Chaos, Hope in Japanese Films Tôkyô Sonata and Megane
, March 11, 2009
An afternoon breeze blows through an open doorway under the opening titles of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tôkyô Sonata, portending a coming... More>>
The Last House on the Left's Exploitation is Quaintly Nostalgic The Last House on the Left
Rape revenge. Yawn.
, March 11, 2009
"That was the most offensive display of sexualized violence I have ever seen," one wilting fellow in need of a camphor hankie was overheard... More>>
Less Bumbling: The Meta-Mumbling of Joe Swanberg’s Alexander the Last Alexander the Last
, March 11, 2009
Two blond sisters, their faces inches apart, exchange mock wedding vows in bright sunlight; when they get to the man-and-wife part, they slip... More>>
Two Dance Icons, One Love Story in Carmen & Geoffrey Carmen & Geoffrey
, March 11, 2009
Co-directors Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob open their exquisite documentary Carmen & Geoffrey with a black-and-white clip of a 1950s dance... More>>
Z at Film Forum Z
, March 11, 2009
The left-wing leader assassinated in Costa-Gavras's 1969 thriller célèbre dies not from a sharp-shooter's bullet but from a whack... More>>
Vikings Go Severed Ways, Obscenely Severed Ways
, March 11, 2009
Should someone have stopped Tony Stone before he spent months in the Vermont wilderness resurrecting the age of Leif Ericson with a couple of... More>>
Sunshine Cleaning Has Makings of a Great Showtime Series Sunshine Cleaning
, March 11, 2009
More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters, and it feels... More>>
Miss March: Sprays like an Exploding Colostomy Bag Miss March
, March 11, 2009
“That’s four years’ worth of poop,” a doctor remarks when Eugene (Zach Cregger)—who wakes up from a coma after his best... More>>
Escape to Witch Mountain: Pure Boilerplate Escape to Witch Mountain
, March 11, 2009
This remake of Disney’s 1975 classic Escape to Witch Mountain is pure, if mildly enjoyable, boilerplate: A spaceship crashes on earth and... More>>
The Cake Eaters Offers Genuinely Sweet, Forgettable Indie Fodder The Cake Eaters
, March 11, 2009
There's no kind of wonderful in Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, yet however slight her ensemble drama—about two distressed... More>>
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