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Women on the Verge: Troubled Lives Intersect in Jersey City Women on the Verge: Troubled Lives Intersect in Jersey City
, July 05, 2005
In the Lower East Side coming-of-age tale Raising Victor Vargas, Judy Marte played a distracted, traumatized girl whose pained silences could be... More>>
The No-Commitments The No-Commitments
Frat-Packers Vaughn and Wilson look for booty, find adulthood in hollow but charming comedy
, July 05, 2005
Hollywood number crunchers estimate that by 2008, one-quarter of all studio comedies will feature a permutation of the acting collective... More>>
Soggy Remake Takes On the Horrors of New York Real Estate Soggy Remake Takes On the Horrors of New York Real Estate
, July 05, 2005
A gothic horror redesigned in modernist architecture, Dark Water literalizes the truism that New York real estate is a nightmare. In the wake of... More>>
'Happy Endings'
, July 05, 2005
Long ago packaged as Neil LaBute lite, Don Roos has nevertheless proved a sucker for heart-clutching finales. His new movie is named for such... More>>
'Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus'
, July 05, 2005
You're going to need the right car. You can't show up in some Land Rover or some Lexus or something and expect poor folks to talk to you about... More>>
'The Warrior'
, July 05, 2005
In 1975, Indian filmgoers got a taste of their first chapati western. Sholay, the Bollywood film that went on to set national box office records... More>>
'Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror'; 'Return to the Land of Wonders'
, July 05, 2005
Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror gives muckraking journalism a bad name. Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy's DV assemblage of talking heads... More>>
Rhyme Scheme Rhyme Scheme
Creators of Sundance smash pimp fable leak the game plan
, June 28, 2005
"It is like we've fallen out of a stereotype tree and hit every branch on the way down," says director Craig Brewer about his pimp-hop, trickster... More>>
Irreconcilable Differences Irreconcilable Differences
Re-Marriage: Slight Scenes update not Bergman’s finest vintage, though still profound
, June 28, 2005
A fusty, quaint blast from the art-house past, Ingmar Bergman's Saraband rolls out with anachronistic boldness—were imported movies ever... More>>
Quad Wrangle Quad Wrangle
Reinventing the wheel: Sports doc keeps clichés to a minimum, dignifies determined jocks
, June 28, 2005
It's hard to imagine a movie with thicker Teflon coating than an inspirational sports doc in which the up-from-behind athletes involved are also... More>>
Mourning news: Murders and a muted Mambo Mouth Mourning news: Murders and a muted Mambo Mouth
, June 28, 2005
Ecuadorian director Sebasti Cordero's sophomore effort doesn't subvert the serial-killer genre but at least preempts dim predictability by... More>>
Last Dance
Bergman's final film lures Liv Ullmann out of retirement
, June 28, 2005
First, the cliché: Liv Ullmann is Ingmar Bergman's muse. One understands the actor-writer-director's resistance to such pigeonholing, but... More>>
Vietnam-to-Texas refugee weepie offers earnest simplicity Vietnam-to-Texas refugee weepie offers earnest simplicity
, June 28, 2005
The drama of refugeeism may be the modern globe's most pervasive social crisis, but movies are just beginning to probe the experience, tragic as... More>>
Gangsters and pranksters in eclectic Walsh retrospective Gangsters and pranksters in eclectic Walsh retrospective
, June 28, 2005
Raoul Walsh, the action director's action director, ran away to sea as a young man, worked as a cowhand, then entered films in 1912 as an actor... More>>
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, June 28, 2005
Nobody, it can be said, has had as great an impact and influence on cinema history with as little film—less than three hours, all... More>>
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, June 28, 2005
Taking a cue from Eddie Murphy's revival of his box office fortunes, if not his critical rep, Martin Lawrence teams up with Daddy Day Care... More>>
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, June 28, 2005
DOING TIME, DOING VIPASSANA Directed by Eilona Ariel and Ayelet Menahemi Opens July 8, Cinema Village Kiran Bedi, the female leader of a... More>>
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, June 28, 2005
A SIDEWALK ASTRONOMER Directed by Jeffrey Jacobs July 6 through 12, Two Boots Pioneer A Sidewalk Astronomer is an unenlightening recitation of... More>>
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, June 28, 2005
STEVE + SKY Written and directed by Felix Van Groeningen Lifesize, opens July 8, Quad Sporadically entertaining and utterly shallow, Steve + Sky... More>>
Mystery Scientology Theater Mystery Scientology Theater
They came from within: How War of the Worlds anticipated the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard
, June 21, 2005
The ominous tagline in early trailers for the alien invasion blockbuster War of the Worlds was "They're Already Here"—but any learned... More>>
Dead Man Talking Dead Man Talking
The resurrection of zombie godfather George A. Romero
, June 21, 2005
George A. Romero is no stranger to acclaim as one of America's great genre filmmakers. But why equivocate? In the 37 years since his startling... More>>
Armageddon It Armageddon It
Battlefield Earth: Spielberg’s traumatic blockbuster destroys the world in order to save it
, June 21, 2005
This year's designated summer vacation Bigfoot, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds scans like a new-millennium-blockbuster mission statement:... More>>
Dead Again Dead Again
The flesh is willing but the politics are weak
, June 21, 2005
What a world George Romero has single-handedly given us—now four living-dead films, two remakes of those four, and 10,000 rip-offs all... More>>
The heat that Heart skipped: An introverted Toback remake The heat that Heart skipped: An introverted Toback remake
, June 21, 2005
The borders of James Toback's fiery, absurd, and often unendurable movie universe are defined by his obsessions (pussy, classical music,... More>>
Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
The next best thing: Jia's youthful dreamers want the world but settle for ersatz replica
, June 21, 2005
After three unsanctioned productions steeped in regional detail—each one a masterpiece—Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke goes at once... More>>
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