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, March 22, 2005
A neo-Fassbinderian taxonomist of freak-show love, Italian director Matteo Garrone—whose previous film, The Embalmer, was surely the best... More>>
Timid Script Stifles Bernie Mac in Race-Reversed Remake Timid Script Stifles Bernie Mac in Race-Reversed Remake
, March 22, 2005
Guess Who Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan Columbia, in release Professionally caustic and often brilliant, comedian Bernie Mac still ain't got... More>>
Film
, March 22, 2005
Screening nightly during the first week of the Pioneer's "Homeland Insecurity" series, Michale Boganim's Odessa . . . Odessa! is a modernist... More>>
Punch-Drunk Love Punch-Drunk Love
Filmmaker-sommelier Jonathan Nossiter uncorks a vintage wine-industry exposé
, March 15, 2005
In a perfect world, Jonathan Nossiter's documentary Mondovino would impel as many tourists to Burgundy as those following Miles and Jack's sodden... More>>
Through the Grapevine
, March 15, 2005
New York wine importer Neal Rosenthal, one of the most eloquent and passionate "terroirists" in Jonathan Nossiter's Mondovino, describes the wine... More>>
Die Hard With a Vengeance Die Hard With a Vengeance
Best served cold, Park Chanwook's brutal revenge feast comes with a side of live octopus
, March 15, 2005
More than any single Korean film as yet released stateside, Park Chanwook's Oldboy crystallizes the reigning characteristic of its national new... More>>
In This World In This World
Rappers in Cuba, pilgrims in Mecca, killer fish in Tanzania, James Carville in Bolivia
, March 15, 2005
THE HERO March 23 and 24 Like too many African films, and paradoxically so, given the continent's sociopolitical tragedies and unresolved... More>>
Film
, March 15, 2005
A prizewinner at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, released here in 1957 and thereafter forgotten, White Reindeer is the most exotic item in "Fright... More>>
Message in a Bottle Message in a Bottle
Rustic eccentrics wax philosophical and 'terroirists' denounce globalizers in wine doc
, March 15, 2005
Wine is more than once extolled as the essence of civilization in Jonathan Nossiter's DV documentary Mondovino. The major point of this vineyard... More>>
False Note: Day-Lewis Smells Like a Rose, While Ballad Reeks False Note: Day-Lewis Smells Like a Rose, While Ballad Reeks
, March 15, 2005
What does it mean to give a wholly convincing performance from an untenable script? Does the feat confirm the supremacy of the living word over... More>>
Film Film
, March 15, 2005
Will the circle be unbroken? Let's hope not. This poorly conceived sequel to Gore Verbinski's The Ring ditches that film's scariest... More>>
Film Film
, March 15, 2005
NOWHERE MAN Written and directed by Tim McCann First Run, opens March 25, Quad With all due respect to the oeuvre of John Wayne Bobbitt, Nowhere... More>>
Pale Fire Pale Fire
Live-wire radical-socialist hero struggles to shake the world in a rough-hewn Russian epic
, March 08, 2005
Beginning with a slovenly nod to the WWI-era underworld serial Les Vampires and finishing on the same quote from Revelation that named Elem... More>>
Dearth in Venice: Locals Lost in Tourism Glut
, March 08, 2005
The Venice day-tripper may imagine herself wandering not a city but a floating outdoor museum, densely dotted with overpriced cafés and... More>>
The Machinists: Autopilot Plot Needs New Parts The Machinists: Autopilot Plot Needs New Parts
, March 08, 2005
Adhering to the Shrek model for box office success, Robots is an assemblage of clunky puns and canned moralizing, ostensibly made palatable for... More>>
Beer Eats the Soul Beer Eats the Soul
Doomed drunk recollects harsh, hard-knock life in portrait of embattled Scottish manhood
, March 08, 2005
Title notwithstanding, the protagonist of 16 Years of Alcohol knows his poison: "My name is Frankie," he announces at an AA meeting, "and I am a... More>>
Steaming Beauty
Revival of the fitters: Otomo renews old form in olde London
, March 08, 2005
Over a decade and a half ago, Katsuhiro Otomo brought futuristic Neo-Tokyo to life in the cyberpunk anime classic Akira. His latest, Steamboy... More>>
Mute Primitives Live, Die, and Gesticulate Wildly in Post-Apocalyptic Drama Mute Primitives Live, Die, and Gesticulate Wildly in Post-Apocalyptic Drama
, March 08, 2005
Five survivors of a nuclear holocaust grope and grunt their way through a desolate urban landscape, reacquainting themselves with such basic... More>>
Christ: The Comeback Tour
, March 08, 2005
JESUSLAND—Having crossed from Etats-Bleu to Red Planet America some 1,500 miles earlier, I felt it was time to start sampling the local... More>>
London Fog London Fog
17 years after Akira, Otomo evokes 19th-century England with steam balls and Satanic mills
, March 08, 2005
The most eagerly anticipated anime of the 21st century, Katsuhiro Otomo's big-budget Steamboy could probably never satisfy hardcore fans of... More>>
Double Negative: Woody's Latest a Tricksy Soap Opera Double Negative: Woody's Latest a Tricksy Soap Opera
, March 08, 2005
Less a return to form than a return to formalism, Woody Allen's 35th feature finds him happily at play in the house of fiction. Melinda and... More>>
Film
, March 08, 2005
One of the most original figures in American independent cinema, Thom Andersen—subject of a four-day retro at Anthology Film... More>>
Central Asian Indie Wastes Post-Apocalyptic Landscape Central Asian Indie Wastes Post-Apocalyptic Landscape
, March 08, 2005
A modest, formulaic day trip from Kazakhstan, produced and co-written by Russian mainstreamer Sergei Bodrov, Schizo observes the placid... More>>
Over There Over There
Documentarians bring the real war back home
, March 01, 2005
Despite the hundreds of journalists moving among the troops in Iraq, the images most Americans see of the war have remained limited. The extended... More>>
Foreign Legion Foreign Legion
Annual French buffet offers an array of international flavors, both original and orthodox
, March 01, 2005
In its 10th manifestation, Lincoln Center's annual buffet of Gallic entrées presents, among other things, a distinct vision of how... More>>
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