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Midway Through the Toronto Film Fest, and Things are Looking Bleak Midway Through the Toronto Film Fest, and Things are Looking Bleak
Oh, Canada
, September 10, 2008
If this year's Toronto International Film Festival had a subtitle, it could be "When Good Directors Go Bad." At least that's what it has felt... More>>
A White Southern Family's Alterna-History Meets Reality in Moving Midway Moving Midway
Guess who's coming to dinner?
, September 10, 2008
Southern myths rise up, then drop like flies in the enthralling documentary Moving Midway, and all because director Godfrey Cheshire's cousin is... More>>
A Look Back at Daddy Downey's Downtown Career at Anthology
While his son basks in the spotlight, a senior moment for dad
, September 10, 2008
Before his son and namesake grew up to be the edgiest Hollywood actor of his generation, Robert Downey enjoyed a small measure of celebrity as... More>>
Once Grand, The Women is Now Just Another Chick Flick The Women
, September 10, 2008
"What do you think this is?" cries a lady who lunches in Diane English's remake of George Cukor's The Women. "Some kind of '30s movie?" Even... More>>
Wayne Coyne's Christmas on Mars Christmas on Mars
, September 10, 2008
After their earliest decade as fuzzy-noise punks, Oklahoma City rockers the Flaming Lips found breakout success with their 1993 single, "She... More>>
Towelhead, American Beauty Scribe Alan Ball's Dreaded Feature-Directing Debut Towelhead
, September 10, 2008
American Beauty scribe Alan Ball makes his dreaded feature-directing debut with another tale of suburban purgatory, featuring yet another... More>>
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill
, September 10, 2008
Where once the decline of Robert De Niro's and Al Pacino's prodigious talent inspired howls of anguish and impassioned critical essays, it's a... More>>
Loins of Punjab Presents Loins of Punjab Presents
, September 10, 2008
The zany incomprehensibility of the title should serve as fair warning of the quirkfest to come in neophyte filmmaker Manish Acharya's Loins of... More>>
Able Danger Able Danger
, September 10, 2008
Though it knocks along with the steady heartbeat pace of a thriller and is painted in the languid, low-contrast shadows of a noir, Paul Krik's... More>>
Forgiveness Forgiveness
, September 10, 2008
Told with the tumbling urgency of the deeply personal, the story of Forgiveness, Udi Aloni's portrait of an American-Israeli soldier in crisis,... More>>
Flow Flow
, September 10, 2008
One of those charming little documentaries that make you question whether the human race is really worth preserving, Irena Salina's Flow: For... More>>
The Tree of Life The Tree of Life
, September 10, 2008
Throbbing with midlife crisis after a brush with cancer, Los Angeles–based electronics engineer Hava Volterra journeys to Italy in search... More>>
Secrecy Secrecy
, September 10, 2008
Few Americans would argue with Winston Churchill's dictum: "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of... More>>
The Little Red Truck The Little Red Truck
Where's Guffman when you really need him?
, September 10, 2008
A brilliant idea for a documentary, beautifully executed: Director-writer-editor-etc. Rob Whitehair follows some 250 kids, wee to teen, in five... More>>
The 39 Steps and Shoot the Piano Player Blow Up Conventions of the Comic Thriller The 39 Steps and Shoot the Piano Player Blow Up Conventions of the Comic Thriller
Hitchcock and Truffaut's men on the run, twenty years apart
, September 03, 2008
The 39 Steps, revived this week in a new print at the BAMCinématek, was the most successful and remains the most celebrated of Alfred... More>>
Anthology Film Archives Revives the Public Mischief of Robert Downey Sr. Anthology Film Archives Revives the Public Mischief of Robert Downey Sr.
, September 03, 2008
Anarchically whimsical and countercultural with a capital C, the early underground comedies of Robert Downey Sr. (Putney Swope) will no longer be... More>>
The Pool's Cinematic Outsourcing The Pool's Cinematic Outsourcing
Let them speak Hindi
, September 03, 2008
Is there a crisis among America's film independents? Are indolence, indifference, and commercial stagnation sucking the lifeblood out of U.S.... More>>
Latinbeat, Now With More Movies and More Chile Latinbeat, Now With More Movies and More Chile
Don't cry for Argentina
, September 03, 2008
Latinbeat, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's yearly survey of new and classic Latin-American films, is now twice as long and twice as Chilean.... More>>
Overlooked and Undervalued, the Films of Jerry Schatzberg Overlooked and Undervalued, the Films of Jerry Schatzberg
Forgotten auteur of 70s skepticism and American waywardness
, September 03, 2008
Recently, Julian Schnabel has navigated a relatively successful transition from the art world to the movie world. But in the 1970s, the... More>>
Jamie Bell Gets His Freak on in Mister Foe
, September 03, 2008
Young Hallam Foe (Jamie Bell) is convinced that his stepmother (Claire Forlani) accelerated her upward trajectory from dad's secretary to dad's... More>>
The House of Adam The House of Adam
, September 03, 2008
Suspecting that he's being robbed, the owner of a small-town diner asks his married son, Anthony (John Shaw), to return from college and spy on... More>>
August Evening August Evening
, September 03, 2008
There are stories that depict how resilient family bonds are in times of duress, and those that reject such rosy ideals to show how tenuous even... More>>
The Pool The Pool
, September 03, 2008
Leaving Milwaukee to tell an indigenous tale of life on India's west coast, director Chris Smith inevitably brings an outsider's eye. Instead of... More>>
A Secret
, September 03, 2008
Based on the roman à clef by Philippe Grimbert, a French-Jewish psychoanalyst whose parents committed suicide when he was young, Claude... More>>
Everybody Wants to Be Italian Everybody Wants to Be Italian
, September 03, 2008
Less a movie than a charm offensive beamed at those who thought My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a masterpiece, writer-director Jason Todd Ipson's... More>>
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