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Spielberg's dour tale of assassination gets lost in a morass of moral ambivalence
, December 13, 2005
The war on terror is a grim business, and so is Munich, Steven Spielberg's sincerely self-important account of the assassination campaign waged... More>>
Spielberg's New York State of Mind Spielberg's New York State of Mind
, December 13, 2005
Munich's final shot of the New York skyline makes it abundantly clear that, once more, Steven Spielberg is pondering 9-11. Black September is... More>>
Trauma Drama: More 9-11 Movies
, December 13, 2005
Four years of the Bush administration's unrelenting 9-11–sploitation has finally persuaded Hollywood that it is not only safe to dramatize... More>>
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Smith
The World is not enough: Malick misses the mark with his meandering Jamestown epic
, December 13, 2005
The New World has an imposing science fiction title, but Terrence Malick's long, moody, diaphanous account of love and loss in 17th-century... More>>
A Pale View of Dull: Countess Can't Overcome Crushing Tedium A Pale View of Dull: Countess Can't Overcome Crushing Tedium
, December 13, 2005
Fusing the supple novelist Kazuo Ishiguro's storytelling instincts and the wanton eye of DP Christopher Doyle should be an exciting proposition,... More>>
Sex and the Single Squaw
, December 13, 2005
Terrence Malick's The New World is an anxious object, a $30 million art movie about the much disputed and misappropriated tale of John Smith and... More>>
Camera Obscure Camera Obscure
Let's go to the videotape: Forgotten sins, rewound and replayed in Haneke's elliptical mystery
, December 13, 2005
Cool and simple but resonating invisibly out into our lives like an X-ray, Michael Haneke's Caché (Hidden) is a mystery wrapped in a... More>>
Up a Creek, no Paddle: Chainsaw Ripoff Full of Cruel Claptrap Up a Creek, no Paddle: Chainsaw Ripoff Full of Cruel Claptrap
, December 13, 2005
Updating the archetypal white-explorers-visiting- savage-jungle scenario and using it to express doubts about the success of modern civil society... More>>
Code Unknown
, December 13, 2005
Especially if you consider the possibility that Caché's final shot could be another of the film's occult surveillances, what's at work in... More>>
Troubled in Paradise Troubled in Paradise
A metaphysical adventure tale, Claire Denis's latest is a masterwork of poetic elusiveness
, December 13, 2005
Claire Denis's tactile tone poems are premised on the primacy of sensory experience. Beau Travail (1999), her ecstatic Billy Budd distillation,... More>>
Famous Wit and Manwhore Disneyfied as Closet Monogamist Famous Wit and Manwhore Disneyfied as Closet Monogamist
, December 13, 2005
"He's a sperm-filled waxwork with the eyes of a masturbator," declared Fellini by way of explaining his choice of Donald Sutherland to play the... More>>
Claire Denis's Change of Heart
, December 13, 2005
A fragmentary and elusive cine-poem, Claire Denis's The Intruder derives from a surprisingly matter-of-fact source. "The idea for the film came... More>>
The Discreet Harm of the Bourgeoisie: Carrey Can't Carry Remake The Discreet Harm of the Bourgeoisie: Carrey Can't Carry Remake
, December 13, 2005
Have enough news cycles now passed for the Enron debacle to be funny? Probably not to anyone whose "retirement" will be spent greeting shoppers... More>>
'Rumor Has It'
, December 13, 2005
Rumor had it this was gonna be a stinker, and it is. The premise itself, which has been criticized for its weirdly incestuous overtones, isn't... More>>
Six Feet Under Six Feet Under
Western tale of reburial knee deep in grimy detail, marred by Jones's simplistic persona
, December 06, 2005
Clearly a movie with a mission—to cut through the cowshit ordinarily infesting modern-day westerns, contemporary views of life on and below... More>>
Movies Intoxicate and Ruin Lives in Ripe Chinese Melodrama Movies Intoxicate and Ruin Lives in Ripe Chinese Melodrama
, December 06, 2005
"It's like spending the whole night dreaming," muses the oafish protagonist of the new Chinese film Electric Shadows—he's talking about... More>>
Planet of the Ape Planet of the Ape
RKO's grabby gorilla loses his animal magnetism amid Peter Jackson's F/X excess
, December 06, 2005
That 10-ton gorilla in the room this holiday season is literally a 10-ton—or maybe a 50-ton—gorilla. "It's huge, it's huge!" I heard a... More>>
Your Show of Shows: The Movie of the Play of the Movie Your Show of Shows: The Movie of the Play of the Movie
, December 06, 2005
Susan Stroman's adaptation of The Producers is a reasonably accurate representation of the Mel Brooks musical she directed on Broadway, albeit... More>>
The Reich Stuff: 'King Kong' vs. 'Producers'
, December 06, 2005
Showbiz legends both, King Kong and The Producers feature sleazy, manipulative impresarios as a means to get at the exploitation essence of... More>>
Memories of Murder Memories of Murder
Hidden in plain sight: Austrian director Michael Haneke evokes the power of nightmares
, December 06, 2005
"I'm not sadistic," says Michael Haneke, smiling slyly. Best known for his art-house torture contraptions The Piano Teacher and Funny Games, the... More>>
Anything But Sly: Secret Family-Holiday-Movie Formula Revealed Anything But Sly: Secret Family-Holiday-Movie Formula Revealed
, December 06, 2005
It's hard to fathom why anyone would voluntarily endure a holiday family reunion movie (hereafter HFRM)—a genre devised solely to... More>>
Name Game Name Game
Lee the people: Filmmaker goes looking for her fellow GLs
, December 06, 2005
Smartly counterprogrammed opposite the orientalized depictions of Asian femininity in Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grace Lee Project is a breezy... More>>
'Aeon Flux'
, December 06, 2005
Hardly a stunnah: The pre-Matrix MTV-anime phenom known as Aeon Flux (by animator Peter Chung) converts to a cretinous post-Matrix... More>>
'Happy Here and Now'
, December 06, 2005
Strange by even its director's ultra-eccentric standards, Happy Here and Now takes Michael Almereyda's usual reality-blurring, video-mediated... More>>
Mormonsploitation!
, December 06, 2005
The early 20th century saw an explosion of anti-Mormon propaganda—some 30 anti-LDS films were produced between 1905 and 1936, mostly in... More>>
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