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The Pleasantly Mediocre Planet 51 Planet 51
, November 17, 2009
Like E.T. in reverse, this pleasantly mediocre CG animation tale lands an astronaut on a distant planet whose green, four-fingered, newt-ish... More>>
Wes Anderson Brings Wes Anderson–ness to Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox
, November 10, 2009
Given his preference for static, symmetrical, scrupulously color-coordinated and art-directed compositions, it's less surprising that Wes... More>>
The End Is Near in Emmerich's 2012 2012
But did the Mayans say if Palin will survive?
, November 10, 2009
Completing his multi-film vendetta against the world's tourist trade, German-born director Roland Emmerich sends the mother of all storms to... More>>
'New French Films' at BAM Not Unmissable 'New French Films' at BAM Not Unmissable
The lackluster latest from France
, November 10, 2009
This year, BAM's annual pentad from France features a filmmaker with shingles, Swedish rock, a stubborn zipper, Catherine Deneuve buying a... More>>
Woody Harrelson Performs for Well-Scripted Messenger The Messenger
, November 10, 2009
I'm Not There screenwriter Oren Moverman makes his directorial debut with The Messenger, a moving and nuanced drama about the home-front... More>>
Jerry Lewis Retro at Anthology
Working for the respect he never got, the funnyman as director
, November 10, 2009
Jerry Lewis: Clown prince of arrested development or the most cerebral Hollywood funny man since Buster Keaton? Either you find Jer's manic... More>>
Nicolas Cage Is an Axiom Nicolas Cage Is an Axiom
But we'll explain him anyway
, November 10, 2009
Nic Cage has a film with Werner Herzog coming out next week, and "serious actor" respect coming back with it. What's next? Something called... More>>
Pirate Radio Gets a Tame U.S. Release, but We Still Love Rock 'n' Roll Pirate Radio
, November 10, 2009
Seven months after its theatrical release in the U.K., and two months after its DVD debut there, Pirate Radio washes ashore in U.S. theaters with... More>>
Women in Trouble Awkwardly Mixes Blue Material with Sob Stories Women in Trouble
, November 10, 2009
With more references to vaginas than Our Bodies, Ourselves, Sebastian Gutierrez's Almodóvar-in-the-'80s accented comedy isn't quite the... More>>
Robert Palmer's Daughter Delves into his Past in The Hand of Fatima The Hand of Fatima
, November 10, 2009
The late Robert Palmer (no, not the "Addicted to Love" guy) wore many hats before dying of liver failure in 1997: He was a famous rock critic and... More>>
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
, November 10, 2009
Other than a few tasty tidbits, like the fact that he wrote Joseph McCarthy's will while still a young family attorney, there's not much fresh... More>>
Holocaust Survivors Face Eviction in Four Seasons Lodge Four Seasons Lodge
, November 10, 2009
Four Seasons Lodge has an elevator pitch—"A Catskills colony of Holocaust survivors is threatened with eviction after 25 summers... More>>
The End of Poverty? Maps Post-Colonial Injustice The End of Poverty?
, November 10, 2009
"Colonialism is always part of the expansion of capitalism," opines Bolivian vice president Álvaro García Linera in The End of... More>>
Ten9Eight 'Documents' Disadvantaged Youths' Capitalist Dreams Ten9Eight
, November 10, 2009
Entrepeneurship or death: That's the blunt choice presented to the ever-euphemistic "disadvantaged youth" by Ten9Eight. Get rich (by pursuing... More>>
Finding Humanity with the Peaceniks in The Good Soldier The Good Soldier
, November 10, 2009
Disconcertingly timeless is the idea that a "good" soldier is one who kills, lest he be killed. The emotional and psychological fallout from the... More>>
Uncertainty Stumbles on Half Baked Existentialism Uncertainty
, November 10, 2009
Two lovers named Bobby and Kate, played by the pretty but baffled-looking Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins, loiter on the Brooklyn Bridge on... More>>
Turning Green, the World's Loneliest Teen Sex Comedy Turning Green
, November 10, 2009
Working through a mild case of xenophobia, cynical American-Irish teenager James (Donal Gallery) desperately wants to escape the tiny stereotype... More>>
Bad Wine Bar Music Backs the Big Questions in Oh My God? Oh My God?
, November 10, 2009
Have you been praying for The Varieties of Religious Experience translated to World Beat? Peter Rodger's documentary Oh My God? ponders questions... More>>
Dare Contrives Unlikely High School Character Arcs Dare
, November 10, 2009
In the high school world of Dare, the theater-geek turns out to be kinky, the asshole cool-kid reveals great reservoirs of sensitivity, and the... More>>
Richard Kelly's Flick in The Box The Box
Constrained and restrained, the Donnie Darko director's latest is a hollow package
, November 03, 2009
The secret is out. Warner Bros. waited to unwrap The Box until two days before its opening because, compared to its madcap predecessors—the... More>>
The Men Who Stare at Goats Too Dippy to Be Serious The Men Who Stare at Goats
We don't mean to sound paranoid, but: Did aliens abduct George Clooney's sense of humor?
, November 03, 2009
Historical cataclysm produces conspiratorial thinking: Germany's loss in World War I, the JFK assassination, and 9/11 are all naturally... More>>
First Lady of Film Alice Guy Blaché at the Whitney First Lady of Film Alice Guy Blaché at the Whitney
OFD (original female director) gets some recognition
, November 03, 2009
Largely written out of U.S. film history, cinema's first woman director—as well as producer and studio head—Alice Guy Blaché... More>>
Precious Is the Diary of a Sad Black Woman Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Pushing the limits of taste, but locating the heart—and hell—of its heroine's struggle
, November 03, 2009
In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old; mother... More>>
Could The Messenger Be a Career High for Harrelson? Could The Messenger Be a Career High for Harrelson?
, November 03, 2009
Who'd have thought Woody Harrelson would be primed to snag an Oscar nomination just one month after mowing down hordes of flesh-munchers in... More>>
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and The Red Shoes La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and The Red Shoes
A grand duo of ballet films comes to Film Forum. Well choreographed!
, November 03, 2009
By pure serendipity, two magnificent movies about ballet—one fiction, one fact; one a restored classic, one a brand-new work making its... More>>
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