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Pontypool Babbles a Lot, for a Zombie Flick Pontypool
, May 27, 2009
"Language is a virus from outer space," William S. Burroughs once wrote. In Bruce McDonald's dull zombie movie (written by Tony Burgess, adapting... More>>
Offshore Isn't Potent Enough to Be a Lukewarm-Button Movie Offshore
, May 27, 2009
As if Office Space were remade by a TV hack who can't tell a joke, scored by an infomercial composer, and both produced and cast by the ghost of... More>>
What Goes Up Must Have Hilary Duff Going Down What Goes Up
, May 27, 2009
Shed a tear, if you will, for Hilary Duff. Having finished her stint as Lizzie McGuire five years ago, she's too old for the Disney... More>>
Laila's Birthday Is Masharawi's Day in the Life of Ramallah Laila's Birthday
, May 27, 2009
Toward the end of Palestinian filmmaker Rashid Masharawi's tragicomedy about daily life in his West Bank hometown, the frustrated protagonist... More>>
Shot Quickly but Steadily, Munyurangabo Is a Powerfully Christian Film Munyurangabo
, May 27, 2009
A heaviness—call it lived-in shellshock—hangs over the green Rwandan hills in Lee Isaac Chung's serious-minded, immersive debut.... More>>
Tribute to Youssef Chahine at BAM Tribute to Youssef Chahine at BAM
, May 27, 2009
Egypt's prolific cinematic ambassador, who died last year at age 82, Youssef Chahine is remembered with an eight-film eulogy. Alternately praised... More>>
Owl and the Sparrow Breathes Life into a Staid Genre Owl and the Sparrow
, May 27, 2009
The humanistic ensemble drama has gotten such a bad name in recent years, thanks to ponderous high-profile entries like Crash and Babel, that a... More>>
Pressure Cooker Explores Identity, High School Culinary Class Pressure Cooker
, May 27, 2009
Wilma Stephenson runs her high school culinary arts class like a Marine sergeant: She's loud, cranky, and prone to threatening bodily harm.... More>>
Lars von Trier's Antichrist Can't Save this Year's Cannes Lars von Trier's Antichrist Can't Save this Year's Cannes
, May 20, 2009
CANNES, France—It's been a blood-soaked first week at the Cannes Film Festival—at least on screen. Six festivals ago, Lars von Trier... More>>
From Porn Star to Soderbergh Muse, Sasha Grey Means Business From Porn Star to Soderbergh Muse, Sasha Grey Means Business
, May 20, 2009
In these tumultuous days of economic collapse and publishing meltdowns, there's nothing like a porn star to increase eyeballs—and Sasha... More>>
Save Yourself! (From McG's Terminator) Terminator Salvation
What a drag.
, May 20, 2009
Both warning and advertisement, the Terminator films are technophobic teases, selling tickets by promising this decade's model of killing... More>>
Doc Hangs with Conspiracy Theorists in New World Order New World Order
, May 20, 2009
If conspiracy theory can be construed as one of the fastest-growing contemporary religions—a belief system that explains the unknown and... More>>
Stephan Elliot's Easy Virtue a Nail in Coffin of a Charming, Irrelevant Gentry Easy Virtue
, May 20, 2009
Quick! Noël Coward—sage or supercilious bitch? No matter where you stand, Stephan Elliott's deliciously cheeky screen adaptation of... More>>
Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country
, May 20, 2009
How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Østergaard's terrific... More>>
Kabei: Our Mother Zooms in on One Family in Rising Sun Japan Kabei: Our Mother
, May 20, 2009
Kabei, an unpretentious and old-fashioned (that is, crisply legible) domestic drama, shows how Rising Sun Japan's sense of national destiny... More>>
Ghosts of the Heartland Integrates Racial Tension into '40s Noir Ghosts of the Heartland
, May 20, 2009
Good intentions and bad ideas go hand in hand in Allen Blumberg's Ghosts of the Heartland, which broadcasts from the title down its intention of... More>>
Stiller's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
, May 20, 2009
Wide-eyed kids, attended by their pouchy-eyed parents, will have few complaints about Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian; all you... More>>
Disney Staff Songwriters Documented in The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
, May 20, 2009
Disney musicals from the '50s and '60s have a push-pull effect on many folks who grew up loving the stuff, then felt a need to distance... More>>
The Wayans' Dance Flick Dance Flick
The take-offs here would make "Weird Al" groan.
, May 20, 2009
The Wayans clan peaked with their 1988 blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Their 2000 hit, Scary Movie, a parody of, umm, scary... More>>
O'Horten: Hamer's Excuse for Existential Vignettes on Everything O'Horten
, May 20, 2009
The premise of this gentle existential farce from Norwegian director Bent Hamer is little more than an excuse for a series of deadpan vignettes... More>>
Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight Anecdotally Strolls Through Designer's Life Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight
, May 20, 2009
"I'm interested in work that doesn't exactly look as though it was designed, but sort of looks as though it happened," declares legendary graphic... More>>
Old Money Meets a New World in Summer Hours Summer Hours
, May 13, 2009
Throughout his career, festival favorite Olivier Assayas has alternated between meta-pop, sometimes lurid, neo–new wave genre flicks and... More>>
Summer Guide: Surveillance, Jennifer Lynch's First in 16 Years Summer Guide: Surveillance, Jennifer Lynch's First in 16 Years
, May 13, 2009
Surveillance co-writer/director Jennifer Lynchundoubtedly has a distinctive artistic voice, but as the daughter of the guy who made Eraserhead,... More>>
The Brothers Bloom Is No Joke The Brothers Bloom
The con's on you
, May 13, 2009
Writer-director Rian Johnson fashions a universe in which time is a fluid thing—where everything takes place in a familiar today and an... More>>
MOTs Meet Friend and Foe in Being Jewish in France Being Jewish in France
, May 13, 2009
As with the cinematic talkfest, the French pioneered the multi-culti mix. "Let the Jews find their Jerusalem in France!" Napoleon is quoted as... More>>
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