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Rigor Mortis
Grave Dutch mopefest a little too restrained
, June 27, 2006
The plan of attack embodied by the new Dutch film Guernsey is familiar, particularly to aficionados of Tsai Ming-liang, Jia Zhangke, and late... More>>
The Blood of a Poem
Icelandic director gives Beowulf the Monty Python treatment
, June 27, 2006
Today's moviegoers may have all the respect in the world for Anglo-Saxon poetry, Norse legend, and the tenets of early Christianity, but the real... More>>
'Once in a Lifetime' 'Once in a Lifetime'
, June 27, 2006
For a brief, shining moment in the late 1970s, soccer was a hot ticket in America. At their peak, the New York Cosmos drew 77,000 fans to Giants... More>>
'Another Wave: Global Queer Cinema, Part One'
, June 27, 2006
This fine two-part series sets out to redress the Anglo- and Eurocentric bias in queer cinema, and the genuinely far-flung selections range from... More>>
'Kill Your Idols'
, June 27, 2006
For two-thirds of its brief length, Scott Crary's Kill Your Idols is content to competently survey the past three decades of downtown avant-rock,... More>>
'Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela'
, June 27, 2006
A sincere but sapless attempt to meld personal and political documentary, Thomas Allen Harris's Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela takes on an... More>>
, June 27, 2006
Taking its cue from photographer Camilo Vergara, who has spent over a quarter-century chronicling the life and (mainly) death of American cities,... More>>
School Daze School Daze
Slackjawed sketch comedy adaptation struggles on the big screen
, June 20, 2006
Of the Sedarises, it's apparent that Gretchen is, or at least was, the funniest, if her brother David's family memoirs are any indication, and if... More>>
Learning Channel Learning Channel
Latest Sandler vehicle evolves into an improbable cultural critique
, June 20, 2006
New Globalism ape-man, self-satisfied patron of slobbery, hot-tempered neo-Stooge—this is the Adam Sandler we think we know, but in the last... More>>
Desperate Youth
From TV on the Radio to music on film, BAM spotlights black punk culture
, June 20, 2006
Distinct from the typical concert video or band profile, the punk-rock identity doc has emerged in recent years as its own unnamed DIY genre,... More>>
Myths American Myths American
Bryan Singer resurrects Superman, while Meryl Streep sinks her teeth into the fashion world
, June 20, 2006
Clocking in at 157 minutes and shackled to one of the clunkiest mythologies in American pop culture, Superman Returns is surprisingly buoyant.... More>>
Room Serviceable
Suite-natured Sundance favorite founders on indie clichés
, June 20, 2006
Hardly a native flowering of extra-mainstream vision these days, American indies are trapped in a ghetto of second-class homogenization, less... More>>
'Who Killed the Electric Car?' 'Who Killed the Electric Car?'
, June 20, 2006
Admit it: For years you've been burning to know what ol' Phyllis Diller really thinks about electric cars, which first (dis)appeared in her... More>>
'The Blood of My Brother' 'The Blood of My Brother'
, June 20, 2006
For many Americans, at least many without friends or relatives fighting in Iraq, the war there has been experienced primarily in the context of... More>>
'The Great Yokai War'
, June 20, 2006
Even if he's never actually made a film you can stand, you cannot ignore Takashi Miike—no one working today is as preposterously fecund, has... More>>
, June 20, 2006
Eschewing the jock-like aversion to "artiness" inherent in most sports docs, John Hyams's contemplative snapshot of professional bull riding, ... More>>
, June 20, 2006
Asparse, enigmatic tale of a woman's ultimately mysterious quest, Kyle Henry's Room is one of those rare American indies that confidently and... More>>
'Say Uncle'
, June 20, 2006
You'll be begging for mercy well before the end of this self-righteous, thoroughly unsavory "farce" about a lonely gay man who—gosh darn... More>>
'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>>
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