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The Favor
Hooray for Indiewood
, April 29, 2008
As an unconscious parody of everything that's wrong with Indiewood, Eva Aridjis's The Favor is brilliant. Otherwise, it's an unwatchable... More>>
Viva
Except not subversive
, April 29, 2008
Viva does for late-'60s/early-'70s sexploitation what Far From Heaven did for Douglas Sirk, only without the subversion. Guaranteed to delight... More>>
Stuff and Dough
Cristi Puiu's first feature, like his acclaimed second, is all about the trip
, April 22, 2008
The "stuff" in Cristi Puiu's Stuff and Dough is a satchel full of prescription drugs that must be hand-carried to Bucharest from the city of... More>>
Tribeca's MidEast Fixation
From Iran to Pakistan, a region's stories come to downtown fest
, April 22, 2008
Arranged as a kind of Middle Eastern tasting menu, several Tribeca offerings begin not only to complement but to converse with one another. The... More>>
Errol Morris Lets Torturers Off Easy Standard Operating Procedure, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Documentarian cuts the Abu Ghraib MPs some slack, while Harold and Kumar escape Gitmo
, April 22, 2008
It's been 20 years since Errol Morris made The Thin Blue Line—a found "noir" that served to free an innocent man convicted of murder.... More>>
Amy Poehler Pops Amy Poehler Pops
Talking with the Baby Mama star
, April 22, 2008
Starring former and current "Weekend Update" co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as uptight, terminally single executive Kate and her vulgar... More>>
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Surrogate Mommy Comedy Baby Mama
Neither one seem the least bit invested in their baby
, April 22, 2008
Could have sworn I've seen this episode of Baby Mama before—like sometime in January 2007, when it was originally titled "The Baby Show"... More>>
Without the King
Smarter than your average agit-prop
, April 22, 2008
A cut above the average Quad-bound video agit-prop doc, Michael Skolnik's Without the King succeeds mostly through negative virtues. Instead of... More>>
Tribeca '08 Tribeca '08
See these movies
, April 22, 2008
With a more selective lineup of films and lower ticket prices, this year's Tribeca Film Festival clearly aims to please some of last year's... More>>
Roman de Gare
A goofy tale with an unexpected dark edge
, April 22, 2008
Claude Lelouch's A Man and a Woman may be one of the silliest love songs in the canon of French fluff, but 42 years on, it gets a beguiling... More>>
Tribeca Turkeys: We See Movies So You Don't Have To Tribeca Turkeys: We See Movies So You Don't Have To
Every fest has its misses. This year's Tribeca is no exception.
, April 22, 2008
Plan your festival-viewing schedule wisely by staying clear of these four films. Trust us. (We really wanted to like them, too.) Confessionsofa... More>>
Walden
A grand project in preservation
, April 22, 2008
Celebrating and singing the scene it records, Walden is four years (1964-68) seen through the corybantic 16mm Bolex of Jonas Mekas. The... More>>
Bomb It: Graffiti Attacks Bomb It
Spray-can doc keeps it one-sided
, April 22, 2008
Graffiti taggers wearing masks, lurking in the shadows, watched by security cameras, and running from the police inevitably suggest a different... More>>
An Interview With John Gianvito An Interview With John Gianvito
The Profit Motive director chronicles our progressive political history through an experimental lens
, April 22, 2008
In a world of cheap and shoddy political documentaries whose talking points are talk-radio simple, John Gianvito's second film, Profit Motive and... More>>
Talking With Winnipeg's Remarkably Well-Adjusted Guy Maddin Talking With Winnipeg's Remarkably Well-Adjusted Guy Maddin
, April 22, 2008
My Winnipeg—Canadian hyper-fabulist Guy Maddin's time-out-of-mind "docu-fantasia" about his provincial hometown—makes its U.S.... More>>
Up the Yangtze
A Chinese flood zone documented
, April 22, 2008
'It's hard being a human, but being a common person in China is even more difficult," says one tearful shopkeeper along the soon-to-be-submerged... More>>
Then She Found Me
Mad about crap
, April 22, 2008
First-time writer-director Helen Hunt stars as April Epner, a schoolteacher desperate to have a child before she turns 40 (Hunt herself turns 45... More>>
Fest Explores Romanian Roots Fest Explores Romanian Roots
Film Society series looks into the New Wave's link to an earlier generation
, April 15, 2008
Anyone who keeps abreast of trends in international cinema probably already knows that, thanks to a series of major-prize wins at the Cannes, the... More>>
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?: Spurlock's Search Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?
Leaving no gimmick unturned, Super Size Me guy goes looking for comedy in the Muslim world
, April 15, 2008
Morgan Spurlock, the daredevil documentarian who lived on Big Macs for a month and turned this exercise in "body art" into the 2004 hit Super... More>>
Mickey One at MOMA
Kicking off an ambitious five-month jazz series
, April 15, 2008
An off-Hollywood production made for under a million dollars, Arthur Penn's Mickey One (April 17 through 23 at the Museum of Modern Art) had its... More>>
Absurdistan: The New Iraq War Cinema Absurdistan: The New Iraq War Cinema
The next wave of post-9/11 political films trade sobriety for satire
, April 15, 2008
Earnest, sad, and righteous, they are not. More inspired by M*A*S*H or Dr. Strangelove than The Deer Hunter or Coming Home, a new pack of... More>>
Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Sad Sack Extraordinaire Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jason Segel has balls, and uses them to great effect
, April 15, 2008
Jason Segel is responsible for two of the most cringe-inducing, hands-in-front-of-your-face moments in the recent history of television, both of... More>>
88 Minutes
Ridiculous Al Pacino stars in ridiculous running-down-the-clock thriller
, April 15, 2008
Jon Avnet's cheesy new thriller, 88 Minutes, is 105 minutes long, and going in, I feared that 100 of them would be eaten up by Al Pacino chewing... More>>
Constantine's Sword
Documentary examines the Catholic Church's history of anti-Semitism
, April 15, 2008
X marks the spot, literally, where Christianity and the Catholic Church fostered the centuries of religious hatred and anti-Semitism that... More>>
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
A stupefying dull portrait of a composer
, April 15, 2008
Scott Hicks's documentary portrait of Philip Glass opens with an attempt to summon a little of Koyaanisqatsi's bravado: As Glass's best-known... More>>
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