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Lore Brothers Lore Brothers
Gilliam mines the fear and loathing in Napoleonic Prussia for fantastic cartoon-Gothic fun
, August 16, 2005
Either you're a schnook for what we can call the Nicholas Meyer Conceit—pace The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, ironically commingling historical... More>>
Beyond Borders: Disturbing Doc Tracks West Bank Barrier Beyond Borders: Disturbing Doc Tracks West Bank Barrier
, August 16, 2005
"Something there is that does not love a wall," the poet Robert Frost famously noted. Simone Bitton would probably call that thing humanity. Her... More>>
The Conformist The Conformist
State flair: Sketch vet Showalter's clever, whimsical debut has classical comedic charm
, August 16, 2005
Michael Showalter's directorial debut is an immodestly refreshing crash course in modesty. CPA Elliot Sherman (Showalter) is the self-described... More>>
Eclectic Boogaloo Eclectic Boogaloo
Baxter actor Theroux on David Lynch and the art of deadpan
, August 16, 2005
"My major contribution was making him a crier," says Justin Theroux of the sensitive, swashbuckling geode magnate he plays in Michael Showalter's... More>>
'Short Attention Span Cinema: An Evening With Jeff Scher'
, August 16, 2005
They just don't make cartoons like they used to—literally. Last month, Disney closed its only remaining hand-drawn-animation studio, nixing... More>>
Dirty Dancing Dirty Dancing
I know what boys like: Arty French beefcake reverie meditates on masculinity and nudity
, August 16, 2005
Like so many films that target a gay male audience, Three Dancing Slaves transpires in an abstract parallel universe where half the population... More>>
'We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen'
, August 16, 2005
Earlier this month Green Day sent a tidal wave of change through the offices of Lookout Records, the Berkeley-based indie that released the... More>>
'The Memory of a Killer' 'The Memory of a Killer'
, August 16, 2005
We live in the twilight of film genres, and our cinematic hit men have aged with us. The Memory of a Killer, by Belgian director Erik Van Looy,... More>>
Cheesy Rider: Bare-Chested Biker Boys Bicker, Bond Over Pizza Cheesy Rider: Bare-Chested Biker Boys Bicker, Bond Over Pizza
, August 16, 2005
Supercross: The Movie—not to be confused with Supercross: The Art Installation— is easily the finest good-bad Hollywood movie so far... More>>
, August 16, 2005
"It is a study of the psychopathologies of perversions," co-director Federico Sanchez says in the press notes for Eternal, which is certainly one... More>>
'Formula 17'
, August 16, 2005
Not a prequel to the Samuel L. Jackson/Meat Loaf barnstormer Formula 51, nor a salacious behind-the-scenes doc exposing the secret behind the... More>>
'La Visa Loca'
, August 16, 2005
Billed as a "satirical comedy about the American dream," La Visa Loca doesn't have anything to say about that eternal subject and is... More>>
'Now & Forever'
, August 16, 2005
Now & Forever's heart is in the right place, but its mouth is not; this earnest Canadian production from 2002 boasts one of the single most... More>>
The Good Seed The Good Seed
In 'The Constant Gardener', the suddenly ubiquitous Ralph Fiennes masters the art of diplomacy
, August 09, 2005
Ralph Fiennes looks and sounds like the Anglophile's wildest fantasy of the smooth and smoldering British leading man. A well-wrought crucible of... More>>
Strangers on a Plane Strangers on a Plane
Craven's gently misanthropic high-altitude thriller provides a nervy close-quarters psych-out
, August 09, 2005
Call Wes Craven's Red Eye a claustro-thriller—a compact model of B movie, cheap in spirit if not always budget, that relies on the... More>>
Hartman's Grime Opera and Downey's Dog Pound Highlight Howl!! Hartman's Grime Opera and Downey's Dog Pound Highlight Howl!!
, August 09, 2005
Gentrification panic, boho narcissism, and aging anxiety have always seemed like suspiciously confluent mental conditions, and the revival of... More>>
The Opposite of Sex The Opposite of Sex
These boots were made for knockin': Steve Carell finally loses his virginity in fratty chick flick
, August 09, 2005
With the same demographic savvy of Wedding Crashers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin melds frat-house sex comedy with dewy romantic deliverance out of... More>>
Indie Film Guru Takes Family, Neuroses to Fiji
, August 09, 2005
When indie film guru John Pierson—of Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes fame—temporarily moved his wife and teenage son and daughter to a... More>>
Fraternity Rank: Simpatico Siblings, Shoddy Script Fraternity Rank: Simpatico Siblings, Shoddy Script
, August 09, 2005
John Singleton's Four Brothers begins life with the premise and promise of a realistic post-noir, set in the contemporary Detroit wastelands and... More>>
Resistance Is Feudal Resistance Is Feudal
Play it again, samurai: Sword plays and bandit ballets in this razor-sharp summer series
, August 09, 2005
Of all the agit-pulp punctuations peppered throughout action master Kihachi Okamoto’s anarchically exhilarating and archly self-skewering... More>>
No Justice, No Peace: Doc Reopens Old Wounds and a 1955 Case No Justice, No Peace: Doc Reopens Old Wounds and a 1955 Case
, August 09, 2005
Fifty years ago this month, 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped from his uncle's house in Money, Mississippi, beaten beyond recognition,... More>>
'Perfect Crime'
, August 09, 2005
Following last year's paella western 800 Bullets, Spanish director de la Iglesia continues his streak of caustic social satires framed as... More>>
'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance'
, August 09, 2005
Arevenge tragedy as brutal and Byzantine as Titus Andronicus, Park Chanwook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance accomplishes a miraculous feat by... More>>
, August 09, 2005
Sublimating the horrors of World War II into patriotic, action-packed children's entertainment should be grounds for a court-martial, but I'll... More>>
A Symphonic Series Shows How Music Can Carry a Toon A Symphonic Series Shows How Music Can Carry a Toon
, August 09, 2005
If movies—in every tangential form they take—could be considered a mass intoxicant, then cartoons are the audiovisual equivalent of... More>>
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