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Samurai and Old Souls: A Look Back at a Legendary Japanese Studio Samurai and Old Souls: A Look Back at a Legendary Japanese Studio
, September 06, 2005
Shochiku was founded as a theatrical producer specializing in Kabuki troupes. Its cinema company was organized by two men who had started as... More>>
'The Future of Food'
, September 06, 2005
The Future of Food, Deborah Koons Garcia's learned and persuasive essay about the perils of genetically modified (GM) foods, is a rarity—a... More>>
'Just Like Heaven'
, September 06, 2005
Good news for horror fans: Six years after Haley Joel Osment first saw dead people, the gimmick is finally safe for romantic comedy. Surely the... More>>
'Separate Lies'
, September 06, 2005
The best tragedies of manners rely on the viewer believing that protagonists are driven by binding social constraints to keep up appearances... More>>
'Buffalo' Gal’s Hypersensitive Misfits Dig Their Own Holes 'Buffalo' Gal’s Hypersensitive Misfits Dig Their Own Holes
, September 06, 2005
A movie refreshingly lacking in social graces, Piggie uses the transparency of video to x-ray the psyches of characters obsessed with the... More>>
'One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern'
, September 06, 2005
Exactly the sort of starry-eyed, bullet-spraying hyperbole that drains credibility from any brand of political discourse, Stephen Vittoria's... More>>
'Finding Eléazar'
, September 06, 2005
Neil Shicoff is an opera star the way stars were meant to be: talented, intense, and unhinged. There was the time he got so Methodical as... More>>
'Garçon Stupide'
, September 06, 2005
For those of us counting, Garçon Stupide marks the third gay French-language film to open here in less than a month. Of the lot, this... More>>
'Hard Goodbyes: My Father'
, September 06, 2005
Worn down by the ironic brightness of her pastel kitchen, the mother slouches in her ragged robe. The husband, cloaked in the shadows of his... More>>
'Hellbent'
, September 06, 2005
The scariest thing about Hellbent is that somebody thought making this humorless gaysploitation slasher flick would be a good idea. A buff serial... More>>
'The Thing About My Folks'
, September 06, 2005
Paul Reiser claims he wrote The Thing About My Folks to honor his favorite actor, Peter Falk. It's a noble goal, but surely there are better ways... More>>
'Human Error'
, September 06, 2005
To err is human. Human being and director Robert M. Young has adapted Richard Dresser's absurdist Off-Broadway play Below the Belt for the... More>>
Broken Glowers Broken Glowers
My Life is a dog: Redford self-actualizes, Freeman bears the burden in new Hallstrom
, August 30, 2005
Lasse Hallstrom never met a case of advanced emotional constipation he couldn't unplug in two psychobabbly hours or less, and his latest... More>>
Forgotten Gems Sparkle in Definitive Wilder Retro Forgotten Gems Sparkle in Definitive Wilder Retro
, August 30, 2005
No one wrote and directed a more impressive roster of hits than Billy Wilder. His enduring achievement includes Double Indemnity, Sunset... More>>
Gender Politics and Loud Metaphors in '80s Israel
, August 30, 2005
For the right-wing Jerusalemites of this wannabe incendiary period drama, to settle is to settle is to settle. In the Israel-circa-1981... More>>
Close Encounter Close Encounter
Lodge Kerrigan's penetrating portrait of an addled mind refuses to keep its distance
, August 30, 2005
Most movies, as things that are made, come off as massive, costly, inscrutable technological erections—like cathedrals or suspension... More>>
The Devil's Rejects: Effective Frights and Brain-Dead Writes The Devil's Rejects: Effective Frights and Brain-Dead Writes
, August 30, 2005
Apparently, exorcism horror movies lose a good deal of footing unless they're "based on a true story"—and authentication is hard to come by.... More>>
The Dogs of War The Dogs of War
Ream America: World's police take heat for various woes in Latin American film festival
, August 30, 2005
It's all America's fault. You probably knew that already, of course, but just in case you didn't, Latinbeat's filmmakers make sure you place the... More>>
Crimes of the Future: How Not to Build a Time Machine Crimes of the Future: How Not to Build a Time Machine
, August 30, 2005
The more things change, the more they stay the same—A Sound of Thunder begins 50 years from now, when having finally conquered the fourth... More>>
'Man' Overbored: Dumb Buddy-Cop Flick a Dreary Rehash
, August 30, 2005
"It's a tasty burger," federal agent Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson) tells visiting dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy), shortly... More>>
'Keane' Star Researches Role Among the Mentally Ill
, August 30, 2005
In Lodge Kerrigan’s riveting Keane (opening September 9), Damian Lewis occupies nearly every frame as the schizophrenic title character, who... More>>
'Green Street Hooligans'
, August 30, 2005
Lexi Alexander's debut feature owes its pint-fueled proletarian angst and aggro to David Fincher and Alan Clarke. Hooligans nods at Fight Club... More>>
'Music From the Inside Out'; 'Make It Funky!'
, August 30, 2005
What is music? Various members of the Philadelphia Orchestra respond with stutters and groans, finally admitting that it can only be felt, not... More>>
Poe Relations: Avant-Garde Veteran Revisits His Haunted Past Poe Relations: Avant-Garde Veteran Revisits His Haunted Past
, August 30, 2005
A founding figure of the second wave of the American avant-garde, Curtis Harrington was born in Hollywood—or somewhere just down the street.... More>>
'Steal Me'
, August 30, 2005
Whether it's the guitar-strum soundtrack, "lyrical" cornfield shots, or arrhythmic performances, Steal Me has at least one indie-film... More>>
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