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'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>>
Film
, January 10, 2006
In a career that began with an 8mm camera, Lars von Trier has personified many movie- culture paradigms: formal nose-thumber, malcontented... More>>
Latest Peru Doc Suffers From Fujimori's Cult of Personality
, January 10, 2006
The Fall of Fujimori is more—or less—than the flip side to last week's Film Forum Peru primer State of Fear: It's a prismatic shudder,... More>>
'Why We Fight'
, January 10, 2006
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize last year at Sundance, Eugene Jarecki's documentary analysis of our imperial war machine is considerably more... More>>
'The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam'
, January 10, 2006
Set in present-day Houston, this plodding and pretentious historical drama interpolates the titular legend of Rubaiyat author and mathematician... More>>
'End of the Spear'
, January 10, 2006
Coy crypto-Christian claptrap masquerading as feel-good ethnography, End of the Spear is part missionaries-in-peril potboiler (sans pot) and... More>>
Stale Suburban Indie Reheats Clichés, Adds Extra Cheese Stale Suburban Indie Reheats Clichés, Adds Extra Cheese
, January 10, 2006
An ugly-duckling fable populated with grotesques out of John Waters, Pizza attempts an unlikely mode: earnest camp. Obese, bespectacled, and... More>>
'24 Hours on Craigslist'
, January 10, 2006
A diverting infomercial, 24 Hours on Craigslist sent camera crews across San Francisco to interview folks who posted to the eponymous... More>>
'Glory Road'
, January 10, 2006
Sports fans who hate basketball joke that the game would be improved if you gave each team 100 points and two minutes to play instead of 48. The... More>>
'Last Holiday'
, January 10, 2006
How in the hell did the new Queen Latifah movie, a tired-looking remake of an Alec Guinness chestnut, become the story of a working-class African... More>>
'Tristan & Isolde'
, January 10, 2006
Montague and Capulet, Percy and Neville, G-Unit and D-Block: Shall the cultural canon's ageless beefs ne'er be squashed? Tristan & Isolde pits... More>>
New Doc Examines Van Peebles's Essential Cool New Doc Examines Van Peebles's Essential Cool
, January 10, 2006
Far from fading quietly into the lifetime-achievement mists, Melvin Van Peebles has lately come to be recognized as the very essence of cool.... More>>
Coke Classic Coke Classic
Wilder at heart: Cola versus communism in Cagney's good-natured Cold War comedy
, January 03, 2006
Revisited today, Billy Wilder's 1961 farce One, Two, Three is a Cold War poltergeist, rattling chains in the vanished spook house that was West... More>>
Béla Tarr's Marathon Masterpiece Casts a Devilish Spell Béla Tarr's Marathon Masterpiece Casts a Devilish Spell
, January 03, 2006
One of the great, largely unseeable movies of the last dozen years, Hungarian director Béla Tarr's seven-and-a-half-hour ... More>>
Film
, January 03, 2006
Nestled among the docs and family dramas of this year's Jewish Film Festival, the 1939 Yiddish talkie known as The Living Orphan is both a... More>>
Family Plots Family Plots
Mysterious moms, unwed women, and devout lesbians at 15th annual Jewish survey
, January 03, 2006
"To speak of past sorrows gives pleasure," or so says an old Yiddish proverb. And with a wealth of distress to draw upon, Jewish people have... More>>
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