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'Date Movie'
, February 14, 2006
It's "from 2 of the 6 writers of Scary Movie," and like its forebear, Date Movie subscribes to the fallacy that number of parodies = number of... More>>
'Dirty'
, February 14, 2006
Considering the stock quality of the insights that the cop drama Dirty has to offer us about Los Angeles (e.g., "This fucking city, I never... More>>
'Freedomland'
, February 14, 2006
Here's one offering with a better pedigree than most of director Joe Roth's work: the 1998 novel by Richard Price set in the same New Jersey... More>>
'Running Scared'
, February 14, 2006
Paul Walker plays Joey Gazelle, a mob associate in New Jersey who stashes evidence in his basement. His young son Nicky is good friends with the... More>>
Altered States Altered States
The power of nightmares: Russian thriller and Southern mock-doc imagine scary dystopias
, February 07, 2006
Night Watch, the occult thriller that shattered box office records when it was released in Russia during the summer of 2004, not only represents... More>>
An American in Paris An American in Paris
Superstar expat's centennial retro
, February 07, 2006
Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis, raised in Harlem, and employed on Broadway, but she could have become a superstar only in Paris. By the... More>>
Deeper Throat Deeper Throat
A Mexican masterpiece of formal intelligence and unstable perspectives, plus blow jobs
, February 07, 2006
Just when you thought there might be little or nothing new under the projector-beam sun, Carlos Reygadas's Battle in Heaven ker-blams into town,... More>>
Last Days Last Days
Humanizing a German underground resistance heroine
, February 07, 2006
Making a film about Sophie Scholl, the 21-year-old Munich University student who, together with her 24-year-old brother Hans, mounted the most... More>>
The Second Civil War
Facing the facts in slavery satire's rewritten history
, February 07, 2006
Kevin Willmott's scathingly sharp CSA: The Confederate States of America opens with a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "If you're going to tell... More>>
The Far Side of the World The Far Side of the World
Idiosyncratic annual sampling ranges from post-Mao China to sleepy Sri Lanka
, February 07, 2006
In its sixth incarnation, the "Film Comment Selects" series serves as something like a film-festival filtering system, scanning last year's... More>>
Don't Know Jacques: Martin Founders in Lifeless Remake Don't Know Jacques: Martin Founders in Lifeless Remake
, February 07, 2006
A collapsed studio, poor buzz, and release date hopscotch all fed expectations that the new Pink Panther would be a cataclysm worthy of Inspector... More>>
Film
, February 07, 2006
Raul Ruiz is a unique hybrid in the history of cinema: a whale whose top occasionally crests the surface of the movie ocean; a fox in the... More>>
Hot Air: All-Dude Desert Psychotherapy Dry and Dull Hot Air: All-Dude Desert Psychotherapy Dry and Dull
, February 07, 2006
Desperate to finally feel something, Fight Club's insomniac hero begins semi-randomly attending support groups in search of vicarious emotional... More>>
'9 Drawings for Projection'
, February 07, 2006
South African artist William Kentridge makes animations via an idiosyncratic, self-taught method: He creates several charcoal drawings, then... More>>
'Winter Passing'
, February 07, 2006
First Steve Coogan, in Tristram Shandy, and now Zooey Deschanel offer a cappella renditions of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" on-screen this... More>>
'Love'
, February 07, 2006
A multi-perspectival film vastly superior to Crash, Vladan Nikolic's dynamic thriller Love reinvigorates a stale cinematic format and imparts a... More>>
'Christmas in the Clouds'
, February 07, 2006
Just in time for the holidays (Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day, anyway), Kate Montgomery's agreeably schmaltzy rom-com tempers its near... More>>
Idol Worship Idol Worship
Fallen on hard times: Despite a declining rep, a near-classic gets an overdue revival
, January 31, 2006
The Fallen Idol, Carol Reed's long-unavailable, near classic 1948 thriller, opens with a close-up of an eight-year-old boy staring straight into... More>>
Mystic River: Heideggerian Cine-Essay Treks Up the Danube Mystic River: Heideggerian Cine-Essay Treks Up the Danube
, January 31, 2006
The headiest, head-scratching-est, damnedest, most demanding movie opening this week in New York, The Ister could be simply described as a... More>>
Film
, January 31, 2006
The latest archival assemblage by Milan-based filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi is the final panel in their World War I... More>>
Fire Bomb Fire Bomb
The writing's on the Wall: Ford limps and wheezes through latest action thriller
, January 31, 2006
Figuring we spend February either catching up with Oscar nominees or never leaving home at all, studios use the season to empty their lots of... More>>
What's Up, Docs: MOMA's Sixth Annual Nonfiction Festival What's Up, Docs: MOMA's Sixth Annual Nonfiction Festival
, January 31, 2006
A meaty buffet of current documentary filmmaking like MOMA's annual retro is as ripe a place as any to examine what's gone drearily wrong and,... More>>
Film
, January 31, 2006
One of the highlights of the Walter Reade's Catalan series, Agustí Villaronga's sensational shocker has not been seen on the big screen in... More>>
Long May He Run Long May He Run
At 60, a not-so-young Neil confronts death with elegiac hymns to family, friendship, and love
, January 31, 2006
"Old man, take a look at my life/I'm a lot like you were . . . " The young hippie who wrote those lines turned 60 last November. Few popular... More>>
London Calling?: Relationship Flick Actually Set in NYC London Calling?: Relationship Flick Actually Set in NYC
, January 31, 2006
The garrulous London takes place in New York, but it might as well be Wichita Falls for all the time we spend out and about. Most of the action... More>>
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