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, 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>>
'Looking for Kitty'
, August 22, 2006
Clearly, Ed Burns feels he has something to say about working-class New York Irish guys and their beery romantic problems, but after seven... More>>
'Material Girls'
, August 22, 2006
The immensely false assumption at the heart of this slapdash Hilary and Haylie Duff vehicle is that anyone would care if a couple of vapid,... More>>
Slithering Heights Slithering Heights
The year's most shameless B-movie delivers exactly what it promises
, August 15, 2006
Snakes on a Plane represents the ideal of contemporary major-studio filmmaking—which is to say, major-studio marketing. Who needs... More>>
In Living Color In Living Color
Tashlin's eye-popping '50s artifacts pile on gags like live-action Looney Tunes
, August 15, 2006
Half a century ago this summer: Elvis on TV, the surrounding hysteria approached only by that around dead star James Dean; Ike poised for... More>>
About a Boi About a Boi
OutKast's Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the old South
, August 15, 2006
One of the weakest and most ridiculous aspects of popular culture is its narcissistic now-ness. There's often no then or later, and without past... More>>
Judy Holliday: The Smart Dumb Blonde
, August 15, 2006
Judy Holliday was the most lovable comedienne of her generation. Her Kewpie doll voice and a heart as big as Yankee Stadium gave depth and... More>>
'The Quiet'
, August 15, 2006
What if it's not cell phones, iPods, MySpace, and whatever that's keeping the teen demographic out of movie theaters? What if, instead, it's the... More>>
'10th & Wolf' '10th & Wolf'
, August 15, 2006
The trifling, cliché-choked trophy indie Robert Moresco got to make after the success of Crash (which he co-wrote), 10th & Wolf is a... More>>
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