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Feminine Masculine: Some pleasant pre-op photo ops and an unfortunate true story
, November 22, 2005
In the spirit of holiday community, this week brings two tales of transformative bonds between adults and children—both issue movies that... More>>
ABCs in Africa: Dubious Doc Follows Inner City Kids to Kenya ABCs in Africa: Dubious Doc Follows Inner City Kids to Kenya
, November 22, 2005
In the post–Hoop Dreams era of docs like Born Into Brothels, there seems to be a run on films about at-risk kids availed of dubious... More>>
Film
, November 22, 2005
Unique among the great postwar New Waves, Brazil's Cinema Novo movement didn't merely utilize its garage band, hyper-indie cinema povera... More>>
Hard-Living Folk Icon in a Sympathetic but Frank Doc
, November 22, 2005
Townes Van Zandt the songwriter pricks up the ears. The road-loving bandit of "Pancho & Lefty" wears his "skin like iron," and his "breath's as... More>>
Neighbor to the North Star-Director Sparkles in Family Drama Neighbor to the North Star-Director Sparkles in Family Drama
, November 22, 2005
An inventive adaptation of a one-man stage play into a lavish, hi-def, big-screen production, the fifth feature from actor-playwright-director... More>>
'Exist: Not a Protest Film'
, November 22, 2005
Another alleged riff on Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool—following last summer's confused if not un- interesting RNC document This... More>>
'Little Man'
, November 22, 2005
Few of us will ever have to engage the term "reproductive rights" quite as intensely as filmmaker Nicole Conn, whose incendiary Little Man... More>>
'Yours, Mine & Ours'
, November 22, 2005
After counseling one son from beyond the grave and rescuing another from a new Ice Age, Dennis Quaid should have nothing left to prove in the... More>>
Spy Game Spy Game
Traffic writer's slick oil thriller oozes with intrigue but crams too much into its drum
, November 15, 2005
Syriana, written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, is by far the Bushiest of Bush II thrillers. Set in the really big time, it's a complicated tale... More>>
Dreaming of a Blood-Red Christmas in a Well-Crafted Neo-Noir Dreaming of a Blood-Red Christmas in a Well-Crafted Neo-Noir
, November 15, 2005
Following Bad Santa by two Noels, The Ice Harvest is a hearty bah-humbug, suggesting that the mean-spirited Christmas flick might become... More>>
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, November 15, 2005
Death Rides a Horse Directed by Giulio Petroni BAMcinématek, November 23 through 25 BAM is dishing out spaghetti (westerns) for... More>>
Rent Stabilized Rent Stabilized
Columbus's movie version is stiff, stolid, and stuck in an excruciatingly detailed past
, November 15, 2005
Time has not been kind to Rent. It hurts to say this because I was a Rent head, for about 15 minutes, back when I was younger and less demanding.... More>>
Drunk and Disorderly: A First-Time Director's Bawdy Goblet of Dire Drunk and Disorderly: A First-Time Director's Bawdy Goblet of Dire
, November 15, 2005
As the various filmizations of Sade clearly demonstrate, maximum-velocity hedonism is as difficult to capture on celluloid as creative process or... More>>
Change Clothes
, November 15, 2005
As the high-altitude freelance terrorist in Red Eye and the man in the maggot-eaten burlap sack in Batman Begins, Cillian Murphy reigns as this... More>>
'Seamless'
, November 15, 2005
Motivated by 9-11 and the resultant lack of "priority in shopping," Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America launched a contest... More>>
Fashionistas and Soul Men Highlight Diverse Festival Fashionistas and Soul Men Highlight Diverse Festival
, November 15, 2005
Ambitiously programmed with over 80 films in 17 days, the 13th annual African Diaspora Film Festival fashions distinctive dialogue among... More>>
High and Dry: A Nuanced Look at Working-Class Addicts High and Dry: A Nuanced Look at Working-Class Addicts
, November 15, 2005
Like Junebug, this year's other laconic regionalist gem, Debra Granik's Down to the Bone lets stirring location shots convey some weighty... More>>
'39 Pounds of Love'
, November 15, 2005
Eagerly mimicking reality TV's need to mold life into a digestible narrative, the documentary 39 Pounds of Love simplifies its subject until all... More>>
'My Big Fat Independent Movie'
, November 15, 2005
The best parodies are fueled as much by affection as by jest—Mel Brooks even went so far as to dedicate High Anxiety to Hitchcock. But My... More>>
'Just Friends'
, November 15, 2005
A refreshingly mean-spirited breeze through both the holiday movie and romantic-comedy checklists (including the third-act heart of gold), Just... More>>
'Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont'
, November 15, 2005
The leisurely pace, Hallmark Channel plotting, and largely septuagenarian ensemble cast of Dan Ireland's Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont seem... More>>
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>>
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