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Refusenik: A Heroic Portrait Refusenik
Brave Soviet Jews get their tribute
, May 06, 2008
The brave Soviet Jews in Laura Bialis's absorbing portrait of the refusenik movement of the 1960s and '70s had to contend not only with official... More>>
The Memory Thief: The Least Sentimental Holocaust Film Ever The Memory Thief
Too bad about the whole lack-of-coherence thing
, May 06, 2008
Lukas (Mark Webber) is the worst tollbooth worker in all of California, chain-smoking and holding up traffic by rescuing stray dogs. One day, a... More>>
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, a Deadpan Bond Parody OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
Or, rather, a Jean Bruce parody. Same thing, basically
, May 06, 2008
Closer in spirit to the deadpan stylings of early Zucker brothers than the more obvious slap-shtick of the Austin Powers franchise, director and... More>>
Tim Robbins Goes Funny in Noise Noise
A nutty performance in a too-busy movie
, May 06, 2008
Tim Robbins should get out and stretch those funny bones more often, if it results in a performance as luggishly nutty as he gives in this... More>>
Famke Janssen Turns Pool Shark in Turn the River Turn the River
As Chris Eigeman turns director
, May 06, 2008
Kailey (Famke Janssen) is getting on 40, living in an upstate limbo, driving to NYC for clandestine meetings with the 12-year-old that son her... More>>
Tarsem's The Fall: A Singular Spectacle The Fall
Just like the "Losing My Religion" video!
, May 06, 2008
Something like a pain-fueled, R-rated Princess Bride, The Fall straddles the intertwined worlds of storytelling and story. One half is a... More>>
The Tracey Fragments: Snark Attacks The Tracey Fragments
Ellen Page makes this stuff work
, May 06, 2008
"My name is Tracey Berkowitz. Fifteen. Just a normal girl who hates herself." Again leading as a deadpan, snarky, eponymous naïf dealing... More>>
Unsettled: Burningly Smart Unsettled
Doc investigates Ariel Sharon's evacuation of Gaza
, May 06, 2008
Punctuating—in more ways than one—his legacy with a major question mark, Ariel Sharon presided over the forced evacuation of Israeli... More>>
Iron Man, Mighty Avenger Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr.'s comic-book hero a thing to marvel
, April 29, 2008
Chalk it up to personal preference, but I've always been fonder of those comic-book heroes who emerge by intent rather than happenstance. I mean... More>>
A Necessarily Incomplete Guide to Godard A Necessarily Incomplete Guide to Godard
A to Z and Everything in between as Film Forum celebrates the living legend
, April 29, 2008
Given that a mere six months ago, J. Hoberman wrote in these very pages, "From Breathless (1959) through Weekend (1968), [Jean-Luc] Godard... More>>
1968: The Year of Living Dangerously
A look back at a year when the whole world was watching
, April 29, 2008
Once upon a time, lo these 40 springs ago, children all over the world joined forces to smoke dope, make love, listen to the Rolling Stones, and... More>>
Redbelt's Warrior King Redbelt
David Mamet and his hero fight the power and succumb to it
, April 29, 2008
David Mamet's Redbelt, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival last week, is a tricky bar brawl—call it the Roundhouse of Games. The... More>>
As Tears Go By
Two decades later, a leap revisited
, April 29, 2008
Wong Kar-wai made his debut feature 20 years ago—an event that BAM is marking with the movie's first non-Chinatown theatrical run.... More>>
Mister Lonely: Harmony Korine's Moody Neverland Mister Lonely
A former enfant terrible, now singular and sincere
, April 29, 2008
A man in a Michael Jackson outfit—red shirt, black jeans, white face mask—rides hunched over the tiny frame of a clown bike. Jutting... More>>
Son of Rambow
The joy of DIY filmmaking persists in Son of Rambow
, April 29, 2008
No adult has ever been able to codify what separates a good movie from a classic. In kid terms, though—those favored by Son of Rambow, a... More>>
Hollywood Chinese
Doc looks at the history of Chinese characters in American film
, April 29, 2008
The most jarring thing about Hollywood Chinese, Arthur Dong's survey of Chinese representation in American film from the silent era to the... More>>
Fugitive Pieces
Jeremy Podeswa does his best with the Anne Michaels novel
, April 29, 2008
Canadian poet Anne Michaels's beautiful 1996 novel—about a Jewish writer immobilized by the memory of his Polish family's murder at the... More>>
XXY
Oh, the teenage trauma of gender assignment
, April 29, 2008
On the remote Uruguayan seaside, Alex's parents have sequestered their daughter away, hoping to keep her secret hidden from the world. That... More>>
Made of Honor
Patrick Dempsey is Hollywood's Great Chickenshit
, April 29, 2008
In Made of Honor, Patrick Dempsey plays a conveniently rich and willfully single serial "fornicator" slowly but surely domesticated by his... More>>
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>>
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