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, March 14, 2006
Surprisingly ignored by the Sundance jury (though ranked first in an Indiewire poll of journalists at the festival), the Brooklyn-set Half ... More>>
Film Film
, March 14, 2006
Ramin Bahrani's subtly resonant character portrait Man Push Cart applies a rapt focus to the daily routine of its protagonist, Ahmad (Ahmad... More>>
'American Gun'
, March 14, 2006
The first entry in the Crash subgenre sweepstakes, Aric Avelino's ambitious dependie follows the Paul Haggis award magnet's business plan pretty... More>>
Trite Rabbit: Predictable Psychotronic Pseudo-Biopic Trite Rabbit: Predictable Psychotronic Pseudo-Biopic
, March 14, 2006
Construction foreman Frank Thorogood allegedly admitted on his deathbed to the murder of Rolling Stones founding fop Brian Jones, and Stoned, the... More>>
'The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch'
, March 14, 2006
There's no question that Busch, arguably the last living grande dame of stage and screen, is ready for his close-up—but couldn't we do... More>>
'Puzzlehead'
, March 14, 2006
By far the most independent independent-genre flick to grift screen space in Manhattan since Douglas Buck's Family Portraits, James Bai's ... More>>
'Shadow: Dead Riot'
, March 14, 2006
A horror movie set in an experimental women's rehabilitation facility has so much inherent promise that it's hard to watch as the makers of... More>>
'Summer Storm'
, March 14, 2006
Gays and straights alike must have had it by now with coming-out movies, which, however well-intentioned, follow a familiar trajectory from... More>>
Tar Nation Tar Nation
Lacking Lung Power, Butt-Free Cigarette Satire Wheezes Through One-Liners
, March 07, 2006
"You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says deep into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful topical farce about capitalist mendacity... More>>
Gordon Parks, 1912-2006 Gordon Parks, 1912-2006
The renowned photographer, filmmaker, and author was as self-made as self-made men get
, March 07, 2006
Talk about flipping the script: Gordon Parks was born dead and damn near buried alive. Then went on to live to the ripe young age of 93.... More>>
Barroom Sprawl Barroom Sprawl
Touristy Americana in Wenders post-western
, March 07, 2006
We've all done it—killed an afternoon drinking in a pleasantly grungy roadhouse somewhere, boozily enjoying the illusion of having fallen... More>>
Waiting for Gibson Waiting for Gibson
Spiritual bull session fails to generate real Passion
, March 07, 2006
Love it or hate it, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is one of the few culturally essential American movies of recent years, a genuine... More>>
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko
A killer lineup of classics with crime in the streets, cell block riots, and private hells
, March 07, 2006
Don Siegel was the outstanding American action director of his generation, a worthy successor to Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks. His finest work is... More>>
Frankfurt Schooled
Kluge tribute peeps into the dark German psyche
, March 07, 2006
Ever read T.W. Adorno's Minima Moralia and think, "Hey, this would make a great movie"? Alexander Kluge might be your man. The most intellectual... More>>
Anarchy in the U.K. Anarchy in the U.K.
The Wachowski brothers' supremely tasteless take on a visionary 1980s graphic novel
, March 07, 2006
Adapted by the Wachowski brothers—and helmed by their Matrix assistant director James McTeigue—from Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for... More>>
Road to Dystopia
Brave new worlds from We to V: A brief history of political future shocks
, March 07, 2006
It might have taken a while, but the dystopian movie our political miasma has been demanding for six years has arrived: V for Vendetta. Despite... More>>
Pulp Friction Pulp Friction
How a landmark comic book launched a Hollywood Vendetta
, March 07, 2006
"There is no coincidence, Delia, only the illusion of coincidence," says V. Years earlier, Delia was a scientist at a government-sponsored... More>>
Doctored Strange Doctored Strange
Invasion of the party crashers: A druggie Biennial highlight
, March 07, 2006
As gnarly and globalistic as V for Vendetta is, the movie would hardly seem out of place in the "Day for Night" Whitney Biennial. Selected films... More>>
'Take My Eyes'
, March 07, 2006
Take My Eyes Directed by Icíar Bollaín New Yorker, opens March 17 A disturbing take on domestic violence, Take My Eyes follows... More>>
'Beautiful City'
, March 07, 2006
Basically a conventional story-driven drama, writer-director Asghar Farhadi's Beautiful City is a different kind of Iranian film—for New... More>>
'Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet'
, March 07, 2006
The most avuncular of the Original Kings of Comedy, Steve Harvey flaunted his defiant old-school slow-jam tastes and mildly blue material,... More>>
Gag Order: Lumet's Old-School Courtroom Farce Gag Order: Lumet's Old-School Courtroom Farce
, March 07, 2006
It's startling to think that Sidney Lumet has brought courtrooms to cinemas for nearly 50 years, from 12 Angry Men (1957) to The Verdict (1982)... More>>
'Mirage'
, March 07, 2006
Trains rarely stop in Macedonian director Svetozar Ristovski's debut feature, Mirage. The freighters rumble through 12-year-old Marko's broken... More>>
'The Devil's Miner'
, March 07, 2006
Few things can shake the timbers of liberal complacency like observing how third world citizens manage to support themselves in a New (or old)... More>>
'Don't Tell'
, March 07, 2006
A paradigmatically mediocre foreign-film-Oscar nominee, Christina Comencini's angsty Italian chick flick trails after TV dubbing actress Sabina... More>>
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