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'Keeping Mum'
, September 05, 2006
Exactly the sort of coy, patronizing pap you'd imagine actors like Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith take merely to pay debts or mortgages,... More>>
Detective Comics Detective Comics
Showbiz noir investigates TV Superman's real-life tragedy
, August 29, 2006
If Superman Returns attempted to resurrect the Man of Steel as mythic hero, the season's other Superman movie wants to disabuse us of any such... More>>
Magical History Tour
Lennon rock doc is both poignant and topical
, August 29, 2006
Generic VH1 rock doc, The U.S. vs. John Lennon—opening here next week—is snazzy, mawkish, and practically Pavlovian in recycling all... More>>
Night Watch Night Watch
Modest, humane indie observes NYC's graveyard shift
, August 29, 2006
Shaped like a relentless blues chant, Ramin Bahrani's hand-sized film Man Push Cart casts a watchful eye on an overlooked New York ubiquity: the... More>>
Survival Instincts
Anti-cool outsiders from Eastern Europe to the East Village
, August 29, 2006
Deep into Lech Kowalski's canonical punk rock mid-mortem document D.O.A. (1980), the director sets his 16mm sights backstage on Nancy Spungen,... More>>
Panic Womb Panic Womb
Old familiar misogyny poisons Neil LaBute's cult-thriller remake
, August 29, 2006
A number of pregnant mysteries arise with the new remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult-remembered genre work—namely, what's in this kind of... More>>
, August 29, 2006
British writer-director Charles Sturridge makes beautiful, stubbornly unhurried movies about the best and worst in human, animal, and even... More>>
'Sherrybaby' 'Sherrybaby'
, August 29, 2006
Fresh out of the joint with a heroin habit at bay, bottle-blonde Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) swoops down on the young daughter she left... More>>
, August 29, 2006
In some danger of being overlooked in the press of history that reveres Ozu's rigorous constancy and Kurosawa's noble pulp, Kenji Mizoguchi is a... More>>
'Le Petit Lieutenant'
, August 29, 2006
Xavier Beauvois's new French policier Le Petit Lieutenant conscientiously eschews virtually everything we've come to expect from the genre:... More>>
'A Cantor's Tale'
, August 29, 2006
With its outlandish stories, obsession with masculine ego, and focus on an absurd, forgotten subculture, A Cantor's Tale is the stuff Ben... More>>
'I Trust You to Kill Me'
, August 29, 2006
Perhaps you are wondering why a little-known band called Rocco DeLuca and the Burden merits a glossy feature-length documentary of its whirlwind... More>>
'Iraq for Sale'
, August 29, 2006
"Cash rules everything around me," a great poet once remarked. One need look no further than Robert Greenwald's harrowing new documentary on the... More>>
'Rolling Family'
, August 29, 2006
Little Miss Sunshine is Old Gramma Moonbeam in this family road-trip dramedy from Argentina; the VW camper van is here a rusted-out Chevy motor... More>>
'Saint of 9/11'
, August 29, 2006
And so the teary, elegiac movie-stories from the war zone of 9-11 continue, each simultaneously fevered with wounded mourning and jockeying for... More>>
'Paper Dolls'
, August 29, 2006
As Israel grows rapidly more polyglot, hostility toward gays has lightened up. Only a little, though—as is painfully evident from Tomer... More>>
'Red Doors'
, August 29, 2006
This suburban-family comedy, which plays out in the landscape of Chinese American assimilation, is everything you'd expect from a frosh-indie... More>>
Colloquial Williamsburg Colloquial Williamsburg
Fumbling Brooklyn hipsters fail to connect in Bujalski's fascinating micro-budget indie
, August 22, 2006
Andrew Bujalski has produced only a pair of micro-budget 16mm features since 2002—but it's taken this narrow-casting, thirtyish Harvard grad... More>>
The Science of Bleep
Snappy doc exposes rating-board secrets
, August 22, 2006
Why we choose to watch the movies we watch is strictly personal, a matter of taste mediated by finance and geography. The nature of what we can... More>>
Occult Classic Occult Classic
The thematic daring and genre-bending perversity of the original Wicker Man
, August 22, 2006
Whatever the fate of Neil LaBute's Yank remake of The Wicker Man—which Warner Bros. is releasing this Friday (without advance press... More>>
Miles From Home
Zhang Yimou takes a sentimental journey
, August 22, 2006
Front-loaded with family discord, terminal cancer, prodigal jailbait, a cute kiddie looking for love, and other accessories of the ready-to-wear... More>>
240 Minutes of Fame 240 Minutes of Fame
Epic doc traces an intellectual history of Warhol
, August 22, 2006
Some company recently was interested in buying my 'aura,' " Andy Warhol once said, as recorded in his 1975 book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.... More>>
, August 22, 2006
With five overbearing mothers and six overshadowed gay sons, this Spanish meet-the-parents ensemble farce aims for Almodóvar but falls far... More>>
'Beerfest' 'Beerfest'
, August 22, 2006
Connoisseurs of le cinéma de Broken Lizard can take modest consolation that this ode to "cold, fresh joy" marks a distinct rebound for the... More>>
'How to Eat Fried Worms'
, August 22, 2006
From the studio that brought you Snakes on a Plane comes this equally stomach-churning (in the best sense) adaptation of Thomas Rockwell's... More>>
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