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Red Harvest Red Harvest
A fascinating but frustrating doc on the most watched Chinese movies of all time
, March 21, 2006
What was the most-seen movie ever made? Was it Gone With the Wind? Star Wars? Titanic? How about Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy or The Red... More>>
This Island Earth This Island Earth
Allegory and poetry aboard an Iranian boat trip
, March 21, 2006
Iron Island opens (like many Iranian features) by invoking "the name of God," then provides an image that could be said to say: Let there be... More>>
In a Lonely Place In a Lonely Place
High school confidential: Recasting hard-boiled cliches as metaphor for teenage isolation
, March 21, 2006
Calling Rian Johnson's teen indie Brick a piece of stuntwork might seem tantamount to hitting it with a pie, but it's a high-speed wheelie of a... More>>
Barney's Rubble Barney's Rubble
Cremasturbatory art film exercises no restraint
, March 21, 2006
Those who fear that the mainstream of contemporary art has become little more than an extension of fashion will find no comfort in Drawing... More>>
The Saddest Music in the World The Saddest Music in the World
American cult idol: Johnston battles demons and cultivates genius in radiantly graceful doc
, March 21, 2006
Lunatic talent is the siren call to many an overmatched filmmaker, as a random sampling of biopics can attest—scrambled brain chemistry is... More>>
Ill Communication Ill Communication
Beasties' fan-shot concert-vid experiment is so last year
, March 21, 2006
At a recent Imogen Heap show at Avalon, a guy in front of me with a Canon ELPH was making a video clip. The auteur crept from Heap's sequined... More>>
'Iowa'
, March 21, 2006
Midwestern DIYer Matt Farnsworth wrote, directed, produced, and stars in his first feature, Iowa, and though it's clear he's far from over... More>>
'Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School'
, March 21, 2006
This flat-footed male weepie musters an insurance ad's worth of clichés about the importance of busting a move in middle age—and it... More>>
Outcasts Search for the Love Above in Ambitious Hip-Hopera Outcasts Search for the Love Above in Ambitious Hip-Hopera
, March 21, 2006
You may think you already know what it is: a cautionary 'hood-rap tale scarred by exit wounds and scored to booming basslines—pop propaganda... More>>
'Adam and Steve'
, March 21, 2006
Though flawed in the way of so many romantic comedies (i.e., much weaker with the romance than with the comedy), writer-director Craig Chester's... More>>
Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
, March 21, 2006
The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts arrive in town stone-faced, bearing witness to tragedies still reverberating. The subject of The Death of... More>>
'Slither'
, March 21, 2006
Good zombie movies are metaphorical; Slither allegorizes living-dead horror as a critique of the American heartland's boundless gluttony. The... More>>
'Toro Negro'
, March 21, 2006
Black bull, no kidding—however you may settle in, with Toro Negro, for yet another placid, Salvation Army doc well-meaningly directing us... More>>
'Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy'
, March 21, 2006
In 1979 British documentarian Graham Coleman went to India and Nepal and chronicled the rituals and meditative lifestyle of Tibetan monks... More>>
Plains Lounge Plains Lounge
You can't go home again: Buscemi's miserablist home movie tracks sullen scribe's homecoming
, March 14, 2006
With an overture of soundtrack harmonica, wintry Midwestern loneliness, hardscrabble road-movie keynotes, and a general air of mute foreboding,... More>>
Beads and Burkas Beads and Burkas
A pair of docs shake down globalization
, March 14, 2006
The Ugly American gets her day in court with two documentaries this week, and the verdict is mixed. Mardi Gras: Made in China records the Girls... More>>
A Child Escaped A Child Escaped
Grace to the finish: Dardennes brothers' triumphant tale of crime and punishment
, March 14, 2006
An infant is born into this world. His parents are homeless minors. The father, a feckless hand-to-mouth street hustler, casually sells the baby... More>>
Catch Me If You Can Catch Me If You Can
By-the-numbers heist flick Spiked with ethnic vaudeville
, March 14, 2006
Possibly the least personal Spike Lee joint in the entire history of cinema, the bank-heist-hostage -policier-cryptoterrorist thriller Inside... More>>
Working Family Working Family
The Dardenne Brothers' spiritual tales of economic survival
, March 14, 2006
Since La Promesse (1996) established them as international art-house stars, the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have constructed... More>>
Global Swarming Global Swarming
Precocious kids and old joys at 35th annual showcase of up-and-coming directors
, March 14, 2006
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (March 22, 23, and 25) An incongruous vision of lipsticked, hip-swiveling fabulousness, 12-year-old Maximo... More>>
Film Film
, March 14, 2006
Surprisingly ignored by the Sundance jury (though ranked first in an Indiewire poll of journalists at the festival), the Brooklyn-set Half ... More>>
Film Film
, March 14, 2006
Ramin Bahrani's subtly resonant character portrait Man Push Cart applies a rapt focus to the daily routine of its protagonist, Ahmad (Ahmad... More>>
'American Gun'
, March 14, 2006
The first entry in the Crash subgenre sweepstakes, Aric Avelino's ambitious dependie follows the Paul Haggis award magnet's business plan pretty... More>>
Trite Rabbit: Predictable Psychotronic Pseudo-Biopic Trite Rabbit: Predictable Psychotronic Pseudo-Biopic
, March 14, 2006
Construction foreman Frank Thorogood allegedly admitted on his deathbed to the murder of Rolling Stones founding fop Brian Jones, and Stoned, the... More>>
'The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch'
, March 14, 2006
There's no question that Busch, arguably the last living grande dame of stage and screen, is ready for his close-up—but couldn't we do... More>>
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