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Paul Newman at BAM Paul Newman at BAM
, December 03, 2008
Save a perfunctory screening of The Hustler, BAM's eulogy for Paul Newman strays wide of the beaten path. No Sting Cassidy and the Cool Hand Hud,... More>>
Call + Response Goes Where Born into Brothels Went More Effectively Call + Response
, December 03, 2008
Somebody's got to pick up where Bono left off, right? A Bay Area musician and Live Aid baby, Justin Dillon recently discovered human trafficking,... More>>
Cadillac Records Turns the Label's History into Another Downer Soap Opera Cadillac Records Turns the Label's History into Another Downer Soap Opera
, December 03, 2008
For a film "based on a true story"—that of Leonard and Phil Chess's eponymous record label, featuring the likes of Muddy Waters (Jeffrey... More>>
After Two Feel Good Flicks, Randall Miller's Nobel Son Just Feels Awful Nobel Son
, December 03, 2008
Directionless PhD candidate Barkley (Bryan Greenberg) lives in the shadow of his overbearing genius father, Eli (Alan Rickman), who is about to... More>>
The End of America Preaches Bush-Era Fear-Mongering The End of America
, December 03, 2008
Best as a list of potential topics for actual documentaries, The End of America self-evidently throws on screen the contents of Naomi Wolf's... More>>
Let Them Chirp Awhile Falls Apart, But Pretty Hilarious Scene To Scene Let Them Chirp Awhile
, December 03, 2008
When Bobby (Justin Rice) sits down to justify his self-description as a screenwriter, he thinks only in vague references ("Is expressionism OK or... More>>
Elissa Down's The Black Balloon The Black Balloon
This auspicious Oz import is a sign of bright, young filmmaking in Australia
, December 03, 2008
Produced for what was likely a day's Botox budget on Baz Luhrmann's Australia, the auspicious Oz import The Black Balloon—the debut feature... More>>
Fengming: A Chinese Memoir Fengming: A Chinese Memoir
, December 03, 2008
The old woman, He Fengming, treks through the snow, enters her apartment, sits down in a leather armchair, and proceeds to tell us her story. As... More>>
Punisher: War Zone Is a Slasher Movie with Guns Punisher: War Zone
, December 03, 2008
It really shouldn't have been so hard to make a decent Punisher movie; after all, the character is basically just Death Wish's Paul Kersey on... More>>
Gus Van Sant's Milk Recaptures Californian Intolerance at Exactly the Right Time Milk
Proposition hate
, November 26, 2008
Gus Van Sant has never been a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming vase balanced on... More>>
Welcome to Baz Luhrmann's Australia Australia
Somewhere over the dateline, the not-quite-marvelous land of Oz
, November 26, 2008
You don't have to have been raised on colonial Brit Lit, classic melodramas, Westerns, war movies, or Gone With the Wind to figure out the likely... More>>
Witherspoon and Vaughn's Yuletide Carol Is Four Christmases Too Many Four Christmases
, November 26, 2008
To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit—never, for a second, did this New Line... More>>
"Punk 'n' Pie" Series at BAM "Punk 'n' Pie" Series at BAM
, November 26, 2008
BAMcinématek's "Punk 'n' Pie" series is more a study in late-20th-century Brit dandyism than rawk, but anyone interested in pop history... More>>
The Secrets, Overlong, Handles Itself with Grace and Charm The Secrets
, November 26, 2008
Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher sets his fledgling feminist film at a Jewish seminary in Safed, where students Noemi (Ania Bukstein) and Michel... More>>
Antarctica Takes Israeli Gay Film to Daring New Level Antarctica
, November 26, 2008
Gay film slipped palatably out of Israel's closet with the work of Eytan Fox, who, with his partner Gal Uchovsky, made Yossi & Jagger, The... More>>
In Luc Besson's Universe, Transporter 3 Is 'Realism' Transporter 3
, November 26, 2008
Luc Besson, a French term meaning "Joel Silver," has latterly become xXx and The Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz's lone rival as... More>>
Rome & Jewel's Soapy, Contemporary Take On Shakespeare Not As Good As Baz Luhrmann's Rome & Jewel
, November 26, 2008
A dozen years before Baz Luhrmann shared his epic new recipe for Australian fondue, his Romeo + Juliet distilled the essence of Shakespeare's... More>>
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Wraps Up the Boomer Era Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
A documentary about a legendary Ivy football game—fought to a tie
, November 19, 2008
Pundits agree: The 2008 election has finally and forever rung down the curtain on America's longest-running psychodrama, namely the... More>>
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) Offers a Phantasmagoria of Wartime Indochina The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Ellen Kuras offers a parallel world traveling beside our own
, November 19, 2008
Some 23 years in the making, Ellen Kuras's first film as a director is a portrait of Laotian refugee Thavisouk Phrasavath. The Betrayal... More>>
Film Forum Celebrates Carole Lombard Film Forum Celebrates Carole Lombard
The centenary of Hollywood's grande dame of ditz
, November 19, 2008
Mobilizing a heart-shaped face that might have been carved from alabaster were it not quite so elastic, oversized eyes that flicked from... More>>
Disney's Bolt is a Starry Dog Story Bolt
, November 19, 2008
With his blazing white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of... More>>
Lake City Flooded With Twangy Tropes and Torpidity Lake City
, November 19, 2008
Troy Garity has a rangy, lonesome-stranger body and pouchy eyes. He can boot a cigarette butt to the curb like a champ and fill a frame with the... More>>
Twilight Pares the Book Down to Essential, Unconsummated Love Story Twilight
, November 19, 2008
Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular novel, Twilight—the first in a four-book series about a 17-year-old girl who falls in love with the... More>>
Special's Sad Portrait of Delusion, For the Jackass Set Special
, November 19, 2008
That superhero triumphalism continues to dominate Hollywood is a peculiar trend in our pop-cultural history, but it makes the trickle down into... More>>
I Can’t Think Straight is Mildly Spicy Fluff I Cant Think Straight
, November 19, 2008
Fall asleep flipping channels between Oxygen, Here!, and Lifetime, and you’re likely to find Shamim Sarif’s slickly innocuous lesbian... More>>
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