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Last Days Last Days
Humanizing a German underground resistance heroine
, February 07, 2006
Making a film about Sophie Scholl, the 21-year-old Munich University student who, together with her 24-year-old brother Hans, mounted the most... More>>
The Second Civil War
Facing the facts in slavery satire's rewritten history
, February 07, 2006
Kevin Willmott's scathingly sharp CSA: The Confederate States of America opens with a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "If you're going to tell... More>>
The Far Side of the World The Far Side of the World
Idiosyncratic annual sampling ranges from post-Mao China to sleepy Sri Lanka
, February 07, 2006
In its sixth incarnation, the "Film Comment Selects" series serves as something like a film-festival filtering system, scanning last year's... More>>
Don't Know Jacques: Martin Founders in Lifeless Remake Don't Know Jacques: Martin Founders in Lifeless Remake
, February 07, 2006
A collapsed studio, poor buzz, and release date hopscotch all fed expectations that the new Pink Panther would be a cataclysm worthy of Inspector... More>>
Film
, February 07, 2006
Raul Ruiz is a unique hybrid in the history of cinema: a whale whose top occasionally crests the surface of the movie ocean; a fox in the... More>>
Hot Air: All-Dude Desert Psychotherapy Dry and Dull Hot Air: All-Dude Desert Psychotherapy Dry and Dull
, February 07, 2006
Desperate to finally feel something, Fight Club's insomniac hero begins semi-randomly attending support groups in search of vicarious emotional... More>>
'9 Drawings for Projection'
, February 07, 2006
South African artist William Kentridge makes animations via an idiosyncratic, self-taught method: He creates several charcoal drawings, then... More>>
'Winter Passing'
, February 07, 2006
First Steve Coogan, in Tristram Shandy, and now Zooey Deschanel offer a cappella renditions of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" on-screen this... More>>
'Love'
, February 07, 2006
A multi-perspectival film vastly superior to Crash, Vladan Nikolic's dynamic thriller Love reinvigorates a stale cinematic format and imparts a... More>>
'Christmas in the Clouds'
, February 07, 2006
Just in time for the holidays (Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day, anyway), Kate Montgomery's agreeably schmaltzy rom-com tempers its near... More>>
Idol Worship Idol Worship
Fallen on hard times: Despite a declining rep, a near-classic gets an overdue revival
, January 31, 2006
The Fallen Idol, Carol Reed's long-unavailable, near classic 1948 thriller, opens with a close-up of an eight-year-old boy staring straight into... More>>
Mystic River: Heideggerian Cine-Essay Treks Up the Danube Mystic River: Heideggerian Cine-Essay Treks Up the Danube
, January 31, 2006
The headiest, head-scratching-est, damnedest, most demanding movie opening this week in New York, The Ister could be simply described as a... More>>
Film
, January 31, 2006
The latest archival assemblage by Milan-based filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi is the final panel in their World War I... More>>
Fire Bomb Fire Bomb
The writing's on the Wall: Ford limps and wheezes through latest action thriller
, January 31, 2006
Figuring we spend February either catching up with Oscar nominees or never leaving home at all, studios use the season to empty their lots of... More>>
What's Up, Docs: MOMA's Sixth Annual Nonfiction Festival What's Up, Docs: MOMA's Sixth Annual Nonfiction Festival
, January 31, 2006
A meaty buffet of current documentary filmmaking like MOMA's annual retro is as ripe a place as any to examine what's gone drearily wrong and,... More>>
Film
, January 31, 2006
One of the highlights of the Walter Reade's Catalan series, Agustí Villaronga's sensational shocker has not been seen on the big screen in... More>>
Long May He Run Long May He Run
At 60, a not-so-young Neil confronts death with elegiac hymns to family, friendship, and love
, January 31, 2006
"Old man, take a look at my life/I'm a lot like you were . . . " The young hippie who wrote those lines turned 60 last November. Few popular... More>>
London Calling?: Relationship Flick Actually Set in NYC London Calling?: Relationship Flick Actually Set in NYC
, January 31, 2006
The garrulous London takes place in New York, but it might as well be Wichita Falls for all the time we spend out and about. Most of the action... More>>
HIV Meets S/M in a Promising Argentine Debut
, January 31, 2006
The year in question is 1996, Pablo Pérez's 30th, and possibly his last. A frustrated poet with HIV who survives on a halfhearted tutoring... More>>
'Cowboy del Amor'
, January 31, 2006
Not the Hispanic remake of Brokeback Mountain starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna that its title would suggest, Cowboy del Amor... More>>
Death Takes No Holidays: Another Sequel, More Carnage Death Takes No Holidays: Another Sequel, More Carnage
, January 31, 2006
Form mimics narrative in this rote sequel that surely no one was waiting for: Like the serially thwarted Death (the only "character" to return... More>>
'Curious George'
, January 31, 2006
As proverbs and maybe millions of years of evolution tell us, curiosity proves fatal only for meddlesome felines. Thankfully, certain... More>>
'Film Geek'
, January 31, 2006
As a veteran of tours of duty at two different video stores, I've seen plenty of people with unhealthy cinematic obsessions. But in all my years... More>>
'Through the Fire'
, January 31, 2006
A riveting doc of hoop dreams realized, Through the Fire follows Coney Island legend (and current Portland Trail Blazer) Sebastian Telfair... More>>
'When a Stranger Calls'
, January 31, 2006
When a Stranger Calls remakes just the first 15 minutes of the 1979 film of the same name, jettisoning its main story (of an obsessed private eye... More>>
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