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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>>
'Puzzlehead'
, March 14, 2006
By far the most independent independent-genre flick to grift screen space in Manhattan since Douglas Buck's Family Portraits, James Bai's ... More>>
'Shadow: Dead Riot'
, March 14, 2006
A horror movie set in an experimental women's rehabilitation facility has so much inherent promise that it's hard to watch as the makers of... More>>
'Summer Storm'
, March 14, 2006
Gays and straights alike must have had it by now with coming-out movies, which, however well-intentioned, follow a familiar trajectory from... More>>
Tar Nation Tar Nation
Lacking Lung Power, Butt-Free Cigarette Satire Wheezes Through One-Liners
, March 07, 2006
"You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says deep into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful topical farce about capitalist mendacity... More>>
Gordon Parks, 1912-2006 Gordon Parks, 1912-2006
The renowned photographer, filmmaker, and author was as self-made as self-made men get
, March 07, 2006
Talk about flipping the script: Gordon Parks was born dead and damn near buried alive. Then went on to live to the ripe young age of 93.... More>>
Barroom Sprawl Barroom Sprawl
Touristy Americana in Wenders post-western
, March 07, 2006
We've all done it—killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen... More>>
Waiting for Gibson Waiting for Gibson
Spiritual bull session fails to generate real Passion
, March 07, 2006
Love it or hate it, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is one of the few culturally essential American movies of recent years, a genuine... More>>
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko
A killer lineup of classics with crime in the streets, cell block riots, and private hells
, March 07, 2006
Don Siegel was the outstanding American action director of his generation, a worthy successor to Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks. His finest work is... More>>
Frankfurt Schooled
Kluge tribute peeps into the dark German psyche
, March 07, 2006
Ever read T.W. Adorno's Minima Moralia and think, "Hey, this would make a great movie"? Alexander Kluge might be your man. The most intellectual... More>>
Anarchy in the U.K. Anarchy in the U.K.
The Wachowski brothers' supremely tasteless take on a visionary 1980s graphic novel
, March 07, 2006
Adapted by the Wachowski brothers—and helmed by their Matrix assistant director James McTeigue—from Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for... More>>
Road to Dystopia
Brave new worlds from We to V: A brief history of political future shocks
, March 07, 2006
It might have taken a while, but the dystopian movie our political miasma has been demanding for six years has arrived: V for Vendetta. Despite... More>>
Pulp Friction Pulp Friction
How a landmark comic book launched a Hollywood Vendetta
, March 07, 2006
"There is no coincidence, Delia, only the illusion of coincidence," says V. Years earlier, Delia was a scientist at a government-sponsored... More>>
Doctored Strange Doctored Strange
Invasion of the party crashers: A druggie Biennial highlight
, March 07, 2006
As gnarly and globalistic as V for Vendetta is, the movie would hardly seem out of place in the "Day for Night" Whitney Biennial. Selected films... More>>
'Take My Eyes'
, March 07, 2006
Take My Eyes Directed by Icíar Bollaín New Yorker, opens March 17 A disturbing take on domestic violence, Take My Eyes follows... More>>
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