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Seeing and Nothingness Seeing and Nothingness
A must-see retrospective celebrates the work of a modernist master
, May 30, 2006
Michelangelo Antonioni, whose long overdue, must-see retrospective opens this week at BAM, is not just a great movie director but, still with us... More>>
The Long Goodbye The Long Goodbye
Keillor and Altman team up for an elegiac backstage musical
, May 30, 2006
Like the Grand Ole Opry plopped into a fragrant barn at the county fair, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion befits its roots in frosty... More>>
Running on Fumes Running on Fumes
Sluggish pacing bogs down latest Pixar product
, May 30, 2006
Cars, the latest vehicle to roll off a Pixar assembly line that has thus far yielded nothing but spit-shined classics, answers that age-old... More>>
Creature Features
Good-natured docs hop beaches and coif creatures
, May 30, 2006
An international cast of curious creatures in their native habitats stars in this charming Gallic duo of featurettes. Vivian Ostrovsky's... More>>
, May 30, 2006
Enamored of all things French and noir, American director Ra'up McGee has written a love letter to both. His film begins with too much pretension... More>>
'Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul' 'Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul'
, May 30, 2006
The romantically nihilist heart of Head-On fluttered to punk and Turkish folk, seemingly contradictory genres that both sang the song of amour... More>>
'Agnes and His Brothers'
, May 30, 2006
Three German siblings compete for Most Fucked-Up in Oskar Roehler's tedious Freudian roundelay: There's a sex-addicted, therapy-addled Peeping... More>>
'The Heart of the Game'
, May 30, 2006
Ward Serrill set out to make a short documentary about the girls' basketball team at Roosevelt High School in Seattle—and especially its... More>>
'El Perro'
, May 30, 2006
Argentine minimalist Carlos Sorin seems to repeat the formula behind his earlier Intimate Stories, also set (in the words of Voice comrade David... More>>
'Psychopathia Sexualis'
, May 30, 2006
As reference book adaptations go, Psychopathia Sexualis is hardly Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex*: The money shot does feature... More>>
'The Omen'
, May 30, 2006
The 1976 original, in which Gregory Peck adopted Satan, was a mildly creepy, well-made, and well-acted shock fest with a hollow core. This... More>>
'Slow Jam King'
, May 30, 2006
Enthusiastically scored to the titular quiet storms, ersatz c&w, and hip-hop textures, the anti-rockist Slow Jam King is more fun to listen to... More>>
Casualties of War Casualties of War
An ex–CIA op's martyrdom analysis, plus some war propaganda
, May 23, 2006
Among the Bush era's political docs, something called The Cult of the Suicide Bomber might seem a media redundancy—haven't we heard enough?... More>>
The War at Home
Real-life lovers untie the knot
, May 23, 2006
The Break-Up was supposed to be the movie where Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston got together. Instead, in a bizarro version of what Us Weekly... More>>
Rome, Open Cine
Drama and tourism at annual Italian retreat
, May 23, 2006
A highlight of this year's "Open Roads" series, Michele Placido's Crime Novel is a two-and-a-half-hour epic about the political and civil... More>>
Festival Excess Festival Excess
Après Tribeca, a deluge of film fests
, May 23, 2006
Once again this week, New York hosts multiple film festivals, each touting a variety of independent and inter- national movies. The beginning of... More>>
Before the Revolution Before the Revolution
In Cannes's second week, Coppola falters, Linklater rebounds, and Spanish-language films surge
, May 23, 2006
CANNES, FRANCE—Every film festival produces its quintessential film. For Cannes 2006, it was Alejandro González... More>>
Double Vision Double Vision
The same-but-different philosophies of Richard Linklater's Cannes twofer
, May 23, 2006
CANNES, FRANCE—Richard Linklater's stunning double feature at Cannes this year—A Scanner Darkly and Fast Food Nation—represented... More>>
Goodbye Southland, Goodbye
Richard Kelly prepares to re-edit his next cult film
, May 23, 2006
CANNES, FRANCE—"It's a big, epic, political cartoon told with subversive humor," says a bruised but not beaten Richard Kelly. The phrase... More>>
, May 23, 2006
No one can seem to think ill of regional humanist Victor Nuñez (Ruby in Paradise, Ulee's Gold), but this low-budget Florida old-schooler... More>>
'District B13' 'District B13'
, May 23, 2006
For the twin offenses of being French and not starring Tom Cruise, District B13—a fanboy mash-up of John Carpenter's greatest hits, brought... More>>
'La Tropical'
, May 23, 2006
He likes the way I shake my ass," a giggling dancer in La Tropical says of director-photographer David Turnley. The Pulitzer- winning... More>>
'Long Knives Night/ Reporting From the Rabbit Hutch'
, May 23, 2006
Ascuffed-knuckle preamble to next week's Human Rights Watch Film Festival, these two featurette docs by Belarusan filmmaker Victor Dashuk open a... More>>
, May 23, 2006
If John Woo's The Killer had been made by a Korean director lacking talent and a script, you'd have Typhoon, a cheap-looking action movie that... More>>
Louvre Story Louvre Story
Hanks and Howard turn bestselling Christian skullduggery into long-winded History Channel special
, May 16, 2006
Stuffed with book learnin', worshipful of scholarship, queasy about violent action, and motored by anagrams and Riddler-style brainteasers, the... More>>
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