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'The Tollbooth'
, January 24, 2006
How is czarist Russia like modern-day Brooklyn? Touché, but let's say this time the answer's not Brighton Beach. It's not The Tollbooth... More>>
'Annapolis'
, January 24, 2006
Overachievement may go down as Justin Lin's great subject—if only he weren't a superlative case study. First his muddled Goodfellas satire... More>>
'Big Momma's House 2'
, January 24, 2006
Freshly feted on Inside the Actors Studio, Martin Lawrence has entrenched himself in the mushy middle of the comedy fundament, joining Steve... More>>
'Tamara'
, January 24, 2006
Tamara, written by Final Destination scribe Jeffrey Reddick, is a Carrie knockoff that survives solely on the repetitive pleasures of genre.... More>>
'What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole'
, January 24, 2006
Essentially a repackaged, extended director's cut of 2004's minor specialty hit What the Bleep Do We Know!?, this two-hour semi-doc is a living... More>>
Plantation Nation Plantation Nation
Redundant Dogville sequel dilutes the vitriol for a didactic tale of democracy gone awry
, January 17, 2006
Few movies this century have been more polarizing than Lars von Trier's 2003 Dogville. Von Trier's boldly stylized parable of exploitation and... More>>
Meta-Adaptation Wrings Humor From Star Vanity and Bad Teeth Meta-Adaptation Wrings Humor From Star Vanity and Bad Teeth
, January 17, 2006
To dream the impossible film: Brit versatilitist Michael Winterbottom follows his hardcore art-porn 9 Songs with a strenuously eccentric... More>>
Film
, January 17, 2006
The IFC's von Trier retro winds up with Jesper Jargil's The Humiliated—an on-set documentary of The Idiots shot with a digital camcorder and... More>>
The Shandy Man The Shandy Man
Michael Winterbottom adapts the best book you've never finished
, January 17, 2006
A meta-movie about a meta-novel, Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story wears its conceptual mantle lightly. Based on... More>>
Welcome to the Doll Factory Welcome to the Doll Factory
Soderbergh doesn't condescend to middle America, doesn't do much of anything else either
, January 17, 2006
The circumstances surrounding the genesis and delivery of Steven Soderbergh's new film Bubble—shot on hi-def as the first of six low-budget... More>>
Bubble Economy: A New Era of Narrowing Release Windows
, January 17, 2006
Steven Soderbergh's Bubble isn't going to change the way we see movies, but it's a tiny first step. After the digital film's premiere January 12... More>>
Buzzworthy Buzzworthy
The kids and the Whale: An unprolific Spanish perfectionist's monstrously dreamy debut
, January 17, 2006
Spanish master Víctor Erice graduated from film school in the early 1960s, and has since earned a living writing criticism, directing... More>>
The Newer World: Malick Cuts Fat, Keeps Movie Intact
, January 17, 2006
Maybe it should happen more often—a willful auteur, after his/her mega-epic has been released to mixed critical reaction and audience... More>>
A House Divided: Series Pays Homage to Catalonia
, January 17, 2006
Breaking up is hard to do, but staying together for the sake of the children is no picnic either. Consider the Spanish parliament, currently... More>>
'Imagine Me & You' 'Imagine Me & You'
, January 17, 2006
British rom-coms live and die by the charm of their patter. And though this lesbian-themed entry in the Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a... More>>
'Perception'
, January 17, 2006
Forget what you've heard about being your own worst enemy. In Perception, it's friends and family who really screw a girl over. That girl, Jen,... More>>
To Toes Action-Film Line With a Publicity-Savvy Police Story To Toes Action-Film Line With a Publicity-Savvy Police Story
, January 17, 2006
Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying, Breaking News centers its cops-and-robbers plot around a clever meta-media twist that nevertheless... More>>
'La Petite Jérusalem'
, January 17, 2006
La Petite Jérusalem opens with a close-up on the inner thighs of its young heroine, Laura (Fanny Valette). Director Karin Albou... More>>
'Nanny McPhee'
, January 17, 2006
Emma Thompson's first screenwriting effort since the Oscar-winning Sense and Sensibility is another literary adaptation, allegedly of... More>>
'Underworld: Evolution'
, January 17, 2006
You'll need devotees of the first Underworld—do you guys exist?—to explain what the hell is going on in Underworld: Evolution, which... More>>
Delhi Laughs Delhi Laughs
A funny thing happened on the way to the mosque: Brooks gets lost in translation
, January 10, 2006
Too provocatively titled for its first distributor, Albert Brooks's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is nothing if not high-concept. This... More>>
Mild Farce Restores Jewish Stereotypes in German Culture Mild Farce Restores Jewish Stereotypes in German Culture
, January 10, 2006
At one point in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, an eager gaggle of Al Jazeera producers attempt to recruit Albert Brooks for a sitcom to... More>>
The MVP of Black Cinema The MVP of Black Cinema
At 73, the original baadasssss shows no signs of slowing down
, January 10, 2006
Melvin Van Peebles is still free. One of the last free Black men on earth, in fact—an elite category of uppity, accomplished, streetwise... More>>
Green Giant Green Giant
Seine of the times: The wonderfully weird creatures of a French director's tragic menagerie
, January 10, 2006
A child-munching ogre and his vegetarian wife; a blue-jeaned chevalier and his loyal lion; a lupine maestro and the angelic soprano whom he... More>>
Why He Fights Why He Fights
Tracing the history of the military industrial complex
, January 10, 2006
Just as Why We Fight plays like a near scholarly dissection of what Dwight D. Eisenhower first termed the "military-industrial complex," director... More>>
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