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'The Marine'
, October 10, 2006
WWE champion John Cena plays a marine so elite he can uncover Al Qaeda fortresses in Iraq, but as those who've seen him beat up Vince McMahon... More>>
French Confection French Confection
Sofia Coppola pays opulent tribute to the innocent boredom of a teen queen
, October 03, 2006
Drop-dead hip or cluelessly clueless? Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen, screening this... More>>
Collision Course
The grotesque spectacle of Terry Gilliam's kamikaze auteurism
, October 03, 2006
It hardly seems possible but Terry Gilliam's courageously repellent Tideland—the movie he reportedly abandoned The Brothers Grimm to... More>>
Devils in Disguise Devils in Disguise
A documentary portrait of a pedophile priest and his pious protectors
, October 03, 2006
Of all the hundreds of pedophile priests to be flushed out of the woodwork in recent Catholic Church history, Father Oliver O'Grady has to be one... More>>
Repeat Offender Repeat Offender
Slimmer in every sense, second Capote movie fails to improve on predecessor
, October 03, 2006
There is no way of sidestepping the issue, so why not jump right into it: Infamous, this year's retelling of how Truman Capote wound up in Kansas... More>>
Remembering Edward Said
, October 03, 2006
Makoto Sato's Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said, made after the Columbia scholar's death from leukemia in 2003, combines biography with... More>>
'Employee of the Month'
, October 03, 2006
Following an amusing supporting turn in the minimum-wage comedy Waiting, Dane Cook takes the lead in this similarly silly cinematic concoction,... More>>
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning'
, October 03, 2006
When they say the Beginning, they really mean it: In producer Michael Bay's prequel to his 2003 remake of the 1974 horror classic, we flip back... More>>
'Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare'
, October 03, 2006
This contemporary variation on the Mary Shelley myth features one Victor Karlstein (writer-director John R. Hand), a nervous young doctor... More>>
'Nearing Grace'
, October 03, 2006
That title's bad enough, but it gets worse when you realize that it's derived from two lead characters actually named Grace (Jordana Brewster)... More>>
'Ritchie Boys'
, October 03, 2006
The horror of war gets gently upstaged by the wit and wisdom of the vets interviewed in this solid WWII doc. The Ritchie Boys were mostly... More>>
, October 03, 2006
A case of provocative issues at the mercy of unskilled execution, Zerophilia is a psychological-horror comedy that pokes its toe into... More>>
'So Much So Fast'
, October 03, 2006
The neuromuscular affliction ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) sentences the sufferer to a Cronenbergian nightmare: the eventual loss... More>>
'Man of the Year'
, October 03, 2006
Writer-director Barry Levinson's return to the political realm after 1997's Wag the Dog is no heroic comeback—far from it, even if it's... More>>
'Driving Lessons'
, October 03, 2006
Helping out scary or crazy-looking old people as a means to come into one's own as an adult is a time-honored literary and cinematic conceit. In... More>>
Life Is Sweet Life Is Sweet
With its seventh installment, Michael Apted's drama of aging approaches a half-century
, September 26, 2006
Moving and ambitious in scale like nothing else in cinema, Michael Apted's Up films began in 1964 as a BBC news program exploring an old Jesuit... More>>
Bait and Switch Bait and Switch
Martin Scorsese, hero of the Hong Kong New Wave, returns the compliment
, September 26, 2006
No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai modeled... More>>
Festival Express
New York Film Festival highlights
, September 26, 2006
Belle Toujours The world's most active 97-year-old director, Manoel de Oliveira has been making his "last film" for decades. Belle Toujours is... More>>
The Harder They Come The Harder They Come
The subversive mainstream friendliness of John Cameron Mitchell's sex-positive cheer
, September 26, 2006
The sex is real in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus; only the setting—an animated New York cityscape, watched over by a fluorescent Statue... More>>
Otto Focus
The varied provocations of a mainstream auteur
, September 26, 2006
Otto Preminger must hold some sort of record for one of the longest stretches of provocative and intelligent mainstream filmmaking in American... More>>
'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'
, September 26, 2006
Luis Buñuel's 1972 film boasts one of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match. Three divas of the post–nouvelle vague... More>>
'1/3' '1/3'
, September 26, 2006
Yongman Kim, owner of New York City rental chain Kim's Video (where, full disclosure, I once worked), has always supported aspiring filmmakers,... More>>
'Black Gold'
, September 26, 2006
That $4 latte purchase of yours often yields little or almost nothing to the African bean harvesters who made it possible—sorry to harsh... More>>
'Blood Tea and Red String'
, September 26, 2006
A sickly-sweet stop-motion animation 13 years in the making, Blood Tea and Red String is a genuine piece of outsider art. In the film's... More>>
'Wrestling With Angels'
, September 26, 2006
Tony Kushner, behind round-rimmed glasses, is so assuredly charismatic throughout Freida Lee Mock's documentary portrait that an admission that... More>>
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