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'Waist Deep'
, June 20, 2006
Vondie Curtis Hall's irrational and contradictory crime thriller stars Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious) as an indestructible ex-con who, with a... More>>
Prime Cut Prime Cut
Tireless Japanese veteran evokes John Ford with an elegiac samurai story
, June 13, 2006
An all but unknown quantity in North America, septuagenarian workaholic Yoji Yamada appeared on our doorstep two years ago with The Twilight... More>>
New York Stories
Brooding city dwellers populate a muddled post–9-11 ensemble piece
, June 13, 2006
Having established his genius for stoner repartee ( Dude, Where's My Car?; Harold & Kumar), Danny Leiner aims for something more sophisticated... More>>
Keeping It Real
An overlooked oeuvre harks back to Italian cinema's postwar heyday
, June 13, 2006
The influence of neorealism went far beyond the demise of the movement. It was carried forward in the work of a succeeding... More>>
French Kicks French Kicks
Revisiting a post–New Wave director's fixations with Gallic gamines and classic lit
, June 13, 2006
A troublesome but fascinating figure in contemporary French film, Benoît Jacquot has made his splashes and exercised an erratic ambition,... More>>
The Partisans
Performances mostly killer, interviews filler, in Leonard Cohen doc
, June 13, 2006
About two-thirds into this rather grating hagiography, U2's Bono truncates his spew of superlatives, makes his best cut-the-crap face, and asks... More>>
Battlefield Earth Battlefield Earth
New films from Britain and Sri Lanka illuminate the consequences of war
, June 13, 2006
Asked about that triple suicide last week at Gitmo, Colleen Graffy, our deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy, opined that it... More>>
Skate or Die
A kinder, gentler Larry Clark delves into South Central's boarding subculture
, June 13, 2006
Larry Clark's latest finds the grizzled shock-meister in a thoughtful mode and a mellow mood. Unusually benign, Wassup Rockers details a foray... More>>
Rocking and Rolling Rocking and Rolling
Maverick director Clark talks skating, racism, pixelated nudity
, June 13, 2006
The movie is The Warriors meets The Swimmer," says director Larry Clark about his latest film adventure of the young, restless, and... More>>
'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift'
, June 13, 2006
Drifting, Tokyo or otherwise, is a fancy street-racing term for what amounts to a controlled skid. In person, where you could appreciate the... More>>
'The Garden of Earthly Delights'
, June 13, 2006
Images can be tyrannical things. In The Garden of Earthly Delights, faded videos trace the once vibrant presence of a lover. Chris (Chris... More>>
'Two Drifters'
, June 13, 2006
Arriving from Portugal, this ludicrous melodrama of female hysteria is an oddly compelling bit of cinematic folly. The story begins with the... More>>
Pulp Fictions Pulp Fictions
Eclectic Asian series whips up crazed genre workouts and hallucinatory unease
, June 06, 2006
All annual film festivals have their tics, slants, and degrees of squirreliness, but for five years now the New York Asian Film Festival has been... More>>
Female Trouble Female Trouble
The bewitching Louise Brooks lights up G.W. Pabst's blue-ribbon silent
, June 06, 2006
Pandora's Box, the 1929 German silent adapted from Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays, is itself something of a Chinese box. Is the movie's resident... More>>
The Man in the Lycra Mask The Man in the Lycra Mask
Spandex-clad Jack Black anchors middling Napoleon follow-up
, June 06, 2006
There is no movie more overrated in recent history than Napoleon Dynamite; it's to cinema what the Doors are to rock and roll, a thing blindly... More>>
Love Letters
Crossword doc searches for a plot amid the little numbered boxes
, June 06, 2006
I grew up in a Sunday Times crossword puzzle home, my wife and I tackle it more weeks than not, and I have matured, between Sundays, into a... More>>
Sin City
Grungy Brazilian love triangle thick with clichés
, June 06, 2006
With his first fiction feature, Walter Salles protégé Sergio Machado makes a thorough study of the Brazilian bas-fonds, from a... More>>
'a/k/a Tommy Chong'
, June 06, 2006
Not even Cheech and Chong in their most paranoid cheebah nightmare from '78 could've imagined that a quarter-century later the feds would spend... More>>
'The Lake House' 'The Lake House'
, June 06, 2006
Treading the same supernatural turf trampled by Somewhere in Time and Frequency, director Alejandro Agresti's gooey, ostensibly spooky romance... More>>
'Going Under'
, June 06, 2006
In the surprisingly flaccid s&m potboiler Going Under, Roger Rees gives a master class in how to suffer for art. The 62-year-old British stage... More>>
'The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green'
, June 06, 2006
If you're looking for the perfect date movie to celebrate Gay Pride, do yourself a favor: Rent some good porn and stay the hell away from Ethan... More>>
'The Outsider'
, June 06, 2006
Named for auteur d'excés James Toback, whose career since Fingers has been one big guilty pleasure, Nicholas Jarecki's The Outsider is... More>>
'Land of the Blind'
, June 06, 2006
Wrongheaded and bizarrely outrageous, the first feature from Robert Edwards chronicles the madcap historical throes of a fictionalized ur-nation... More>>
, June 06, 2006
In his big-screen directorial debut, Kevin Bacon gleefully flaunts wife Kyra Sedgwick's naked body for all to envy, in what initially plays as a... More>>
'Only Human'
, June 06, 2006
A Spanish dinner-theater comedy, this intermittently hilarious contraption by the husband- wife team of Dominic Harari and Teresa De Pelegri... More>>
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