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The Incidental Tourists The Incidental Tourists
Offbeat doc and glossy travel ad offer two breezy views of post-apartheid South Africa
, November 01, 2005
If you're going to see only one South African film this year, will you go for the idiosyncratic fable doc or the glossy-schmaltzy feel-good... More>>
Harvey and Bob Divorce From Disney With Infidelity Thriller Harvey and Bob Divorce From Disney With Infidelity Thriller
, November 01, 2005
It's probably fitting that the Weinstein brothers' first release after their gory split with Disney deals with shattered marital fidelity and the... More>>
Feardotcom Feardotcom
Ghosts in the machine: Internet horror dials up moody milieu of scary cyberspooks
, November 01, 2005
Pulse, one of the few films by Japanese genre bender Kiyoshi Kurosawa to open here, is a psycho-thriller at once spooky and vulnerable—its... More>>
Good Night, and Bad Luck: A Political Thriller With a Spiritual Side Good Night, and Bad Luck: A Political Thriller With a Spiritual Side
, November 01, 2005
One of the last instances of New Left terror occurred in 1978 when Red Brigade extremists abducted Italian politician Aldo Moro. A five-time... More>>
Spirit of the Beehive Spirit of the Beehive
Out of Season: Lushly rendered film can't bring Goldberg's fragmented family to life
, November 01, 2005
Tepid literary adaptations are a dime a remainder pile, but even someone unacquainted with Myla Goldberg's much admired 2000 novel Bee Season... More>>
Devastating Doc's Close-Up on Colombian Gang Warfare Devastating Doc's Close-Up on Colombian Gang Warfare
, November 01, 2005
The public response to the televised squalor of Hurricane Katrina was an oblique reminder of why the Pentagon has been so careful about the types... More>>
Gamers Show the Creators of Doom How It's Done
, November 01, 2005
Anyone who's played the fighting game Soul Calibur might suspect that its Voldo character is a bit weird, what with his leather-bound face, pervy... More>>
A Luminous Century: Celebrating Norwegian Cinema
, November 01, 2005
In the 1920s, Knut Hamsun, Norway's preeminent man of letters, was asked his opinion of cinema. "I don't understand film and I'm in bed with the... More>>
'Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic'
, November 01, 2005
Sarah Silverman's cartoon bunny rabbit smile could make her the poster child for orthodontia, but it's her timing that's the real thing of... More>>
'Pride & Prejudice'
, November 01, 2005
This handsome rendition of Jane Austen's beloved marriage comedy is a somewhat quixotic undertaking given the hugely successful BBC production of... More>>
This Is the Girl: Tired Hollywood Spoof in Watts's Other L.A. Movie This Is the Girl: Tired Hollywood Spoof in Watts's Other L.A. Movie
, November 01, 2005
Mere months before her breakout role as Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn in Mulholland Drive, Naomi Watts played another L.A. actress in fellow MD alum... More>>
'Chicken Little'
, November 01, 2005
In its first computer-animated feature without Pixar, Disney shirks the wit of Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. in favor of the blandness of... More>>
'The Comedians of Comedy'
, November 01, 2005
Aiming to provide Soundgarden-level alternative comedy at indie-rock prices, stumpy psycho-liberal Patton Oswalt hitched three fellow comics to... More>>
'Shooting Magpies'
, November 01, 2005
Part of a long-standing British tradition seeking to represent the working class with greater respect and veracity, the Amber Collective has... More>>
'Zathura'
, November 01, 2005
Let's play Jumanji! No, let's not, but say we did-—in space! Caldecott Medal–winning author Chris Van Allsburg has two primary... More>>
Fright Plan Fright Plan
Toward a cultural history of the vanishing lady—with a nod to Jodie Foster
, October 25, 2005
I might not have caught Jodie Foster's latest vehicle, Flightplan, if its ads hadn't revealed it as the latest incarnation of the Vanishing Lady... More>>
Weathering the Storm Weathering the Storm
The waiting is the hardest part in Mendes and company's Gulf War frustration meditation
, October 25, 2005
One of the few Hollywood movies to ever acknowledge the Desert Storm "experience," Sam Mendes's Jarhead is both fastidiously grueling and... More>>
A Shag and a Shrug in an Entertaining but Corny Adaptation A Shag and a Shrug in an Entertaining but Corny Adaptation
, October 25, 2005
The Dying Gaul, Craig Lucas's adaptation of his 1998 play, is named for a screenplay (within the screenplay) that's named for a Roman copy of a... More>>
Close-Up
, October 25, 2005
Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, which opens the annual Margaret Mead Film Festival, is itself a real grabber. Examining the Central Asian... More>>
The Big Uneasy The Big Uneasy
Absolute zero: Verbinski's chilly anti-drama is the oddest American film of the year
, October 25, 2005
We may like to think we're cutting some kind of cultural edge, but in terms of movie watching, Americans have become retrogressively old-school:... More>>
Frame Canada Frame Canada
Vancouver's hefty haul still has an intimate feel
, October 25, 2005
VANCOUVER, CANADA—For an event of its size—300-plus films over two and a half weeks—the Vancouver International Film Festival has... More>>
New Czech Films at BAM
, October 25, 2005
BAM's annual micro-retro of what's contemporary in Czech Republic cinema comes equipped this year with a number of humdingers, startlingly... More>>
Middle Eastern Showcase Mixes the Devout and the Profane Middle Eastern Showcase Mixes the Devout and the Profane
, October 25, 2005
So it's a round world after all. Still, one need not be a technological determinist to acknowledge its impact on the rate of global film... More>>
Unsubstantial Celebratory Doc Not Much of a Pleasure Cruise Unsubstantial Celebratory Doc Not Much of a Pleasure Cruise
, October 25, 2005
A low-budget talking-headster about man-on-man action in the years between Stonewall and AIDS, Gay Sex in the 70s is lightly entertaining,... More>>
'The Last Mogul'
, October 25, 2005
Contrary to the insistence of some, the Jews do not run Hollywood. But for a time, one particular Jew named Lew Wasserman came very close. With a... More>>
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