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A History of Violence A History of Violence
Hustle and dough: 50 Cent fine in debut, but G persona precludes emotional honesty
, November 08, 2005
The video game released in conjunction with 50 Cent's movie is called Bulletproof. The flick itself could easily be called Criticproof. After a... More>>
The Mirror Sage The Mirror Sage
The subject of a new documentary, Lacanian philosopher Slavoj Zizek argues for self-mockery as the ultimate form of seriousness
, November 08, 2005
The exclamation point marks a broad joke about cheesy biopix, or perhaps a more specific anxiety about the film's own place in the millennial... More>>
Lovesick Blues Lovesick Blues
Cash in hand but slightly out of focus, in Mangold's leisurely paced, well-acted biopic
, November 08, 2005
The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line is less a booze 'n' Benzedrine showbiz inspirational—although there is plenty of that—than a love... More>>
Late Marriage: Bride's Family Bridles at Cross-Border Coupling Late Marriage: Bride's Family Bridles at Cross-Border Coupling
, November 08, 2005
The latest in what has been a surprising two-year run of provocative features made in and around Israel, The Syrian Bride is a tale of—what... More>>
Gang of Four Gang of Four
Get witch or die trying: Dense and extremely weird, Goblet has no drinking problems
, November 08, 2005
It begins in nightmare and ends in a labyrinth, a shape right out of Borges. Along the way, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth... More>>
Men Are From Mars, Bad Transvestite Movies Are From Pluto Men Are From Mars, Bad Transvestite Movies Are From Pluto
, November 08, 2005
Usually we can gather a consumer's shorthand of a filmmaker's worldview and worth after a dozen movies. Genius, artisan, lowbrow provocateur?... More>>
Retro Ameliorates Lack of Stateside Amelio Appreciation Retro Ameliorates Lack of Stateside Amelio Appreciation
, November 08, 2005
When his son was only three, Gianni Amelio's papa departed their poor Calabrian village for Argentina to seek more lucrative work and his own... More>>
Doc Takes World Tour With a Rock Star Academic
, November 08, 2005
A thumbnail portrait of international gadfly culture-theorist Slavoj Zizek, Astra Taylor's debut doc follows in the tire tracks of... More>>
Close-Up
, November 08, 2005
BAM's tribute to Gena Rowlands closes with a new print of John Cassavetes's final film, the all too rarely screened and still underappreciated ... More>>
Tracking Shots
, November 08, 2005
Fans of old-school French crime flicks will be reconvening at Film Forum, where Claude Sautet's 1960 Classe Tous Risques has what amounts to its... More>>
Tracking Shots
, November 08, 2005
An outsider's take on a literal insider's view, Italian director Saverio Costanzo's to-all-appearances authentic Private—filmed in Arabic,... More>>
Devos Puts on Acting Workshop As Wounded French Wife Devos Puts on Acting Workshop As Wounded French Wife
, November 08, 2005
The demure heroine of Frédéric Fonteyne's Gilles' Wife is every bit as loyal and self-effacing as the movie's title implies. In a... More>>
'Aristide and the Endless Revolution'
, November 08, 2005
In February 2004, Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced from office nearly two years before the end of his term. Aristide and the... More>>
'Blackmail Boy'
, November 08, 2005
The House of Atreus meets Honcho in this overcooked tale of greed, violence, deception, and Greek love. In a small town outside Athens, petulant... More>>
'Naked in Ashes'
, November 08, 2005
Imagine Burning Man happening in India, and a Los Angeles filmmaker, a practicing Buddhist, documenting the festival, and you'll grasp the flavor... More>>
'Unveiled'
, November 08, 2005
An Iranian version of Boys Don't Cry, Unveiled overflows with sociopolitical outrage even if its portrayal of a gender-confused heroine is... More>>
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>>
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