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'Saint Ralph'
, July 26, 2005
Catholic schoolboy Ralph Walker (Adam Butcher) quixotically enters the 1954 Boston Marathon, magically thinking that a big Beantown victory... More>>
'Secuestro Express'
, July 26, 2005
A focus on a timely social problem paired with an archetypal class-war tale would be a winning combination for Secuestro Express, were it not... More>>
'Young Rebels'
, July 26, 2005
Young Rebels is an unpretentious little documentary about Cuban hip-hop, a subject of less significance than the principals believe. There aren't... More>>
'Sky High'
, July 26, 2005
Keying into and then subverting the wish fulfillment at the heart of most comic books, Sky High envisions a world where all superheroes learn to... More>>
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Celebrities get involved as IFC Center union protests continue
, July 19, 2005
Angry picket lines and a gigantic inflatable rat no longer greet moviegoers at the new IFC Center, but the projectionists union continues to... More>>
The Art of War The Art of War
Melancholia and the infinite sadness: Meditative Chechnya doc sidesteps the realities of war
, July 19, 2005
Gaining invaluable political cover from both the war in Iraq and the actions of a Chechen extremist minority, the Russian government's brutal... More>>
A Revived Masterpiece Is This Summer's Finest Roman Holiday A Revived Masterpiece Is This Summer's Finest Roman Holiday
, July 19, 2005
Now can begin my summer of love: Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1970) arrives at Film Forum in a torrent of silk and shadow, an... More>>
Brutally Frank Views and a 24-Hour Federal Investigation Brutally Frank Views and a 24-Hour Federal Investigation
, July 19, 2005
Best known for his photography and filmmaking, Robert Frank has produced in the past two decades nearly a dozen remarkable video works that... More>>
, July 19, 2005
KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC—Most of the year, the oldest spa town in Bohemia, nestled in a picturesque valley 80 miles west of Prague,... More>>
Bush League Bush League
Soft toss: Billy Bob's bawdy Bad Santa shtick can't save Linklater's dull remake from irrelevance
, July 19, 2005
I was but a wee moviegoing shaver, but The Bad News Bears (1976), possibly the least condescending Hollywood film ever made about kids, tore up... More>>
Infinite Jest: Countless Variations on a Classic Naughty Joke Infinite Jest: Countless Variations on a Classic Naughty Joke
, July 19, 2005
Going deep inside the improvisers' studio, The Aristocrats examines the timeless appeal of a notorious vaudeville joke—a kind of "secret... More>>
Of Human Bondage Of Human Bondage
Lusty Lady rates the hardcore action in 9 Songs
, July 19, 2005
If you aren't used to seeing sex on the big screen, in all its natural, nude, and very normal glory, you may squirm during Michael Winterbottom's... More>>
Risky Business Risky Business
An indie distributor gambles on the explicit and the extreme
, July 19, 2005
At the Cannes Film Festival in May, many U.S. distributors walked away empty-handed, griping all the way home about the overwhelming number of... More>>
Big Bang Theories Big Bang Theories
9 Ways of looking at 9 Songs
, July 19, 2005
I. Standards and Practices Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs is the slender treatment of a year-long London romance spoken in the economical... More>>
Fortress of Solitude Fortress of Solitude
The irrelevant vanishes: A spare, subtle adaptation evokes the Murakami mood in miniature
, July 19, 2005
In the parallel worlds of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, the magic happens between the lines. His spartan lyricism, rendered in deceptively... More>>
'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'
, July 19, 2005
Director Dai Sijie has filmed an adaptation of his own bestselling novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a metamorphosis sufficiently... More>>
'Edgar G. Ulmer—The Man Off-Screen' 'Edgar G. Ulmer—The Man Off-Screen'
A detour through the enigmatic life of a B-movie king
, July 19, 2005
"He had to take a rat and make Thanksgiving dinner out of it," says one fan in this well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of... More>>
'Must Love Dogs'
, July 19, 2005
That's it. I'm divorcing Diane Lane—and every divorce-rebound flick that isn't Shirley Valentine. As in the insultingly bland Under the... More>>
'A New World: Shirley Clarke'
, July 19, 2005
"Which comes first—the movie or reality?" wonders Shirley Clarke, playing a fictionalized version of herself in Agnés Varda's trippy... More>>
'Oyster Farmer'
, July 19, 2005
Jack (Alex O'Lachlan) needs some fast money, so he does what any of us would do: He fashions a mask out of a boysenberry Fruit Roll-Up and robs... More>>
'Just One Look'
, July 19, 2005
A paean to cinephilia that might goad viewers into questioning the value of film itself, Riley Ip's dishwater-dull period melodrama adopts the... More>>
Memphis Bleak Memphis Bleak
Trick daddy: Pimp-hop flick's troubled sensibility sabotages an exquisite lead performance
, July 12, 2005
It may be hard out there for a pimp. But things have gone pretty well for Hustle & Flow writer-director Craig Brewer. He certainly hustled, along... More>>
November Wane: Meta-Thriller Loses Steam Halfway Through November Wane: Meta-Thriller Loses Steam Halfway Through
, July 12, 2005
Like a jigsaw that's more fun to assemble before you know how all the pieces fit, Greg Harrison's brain-teasing meta-thriller November is less... More>>
Thornton Wilder Thornton Wilder
Play ballsy: Billy Bob and the fine art of cursing
, July 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES—The most cosmopolitan cracker ever to play Santa Claus and Davy Crockett, Billy Bob Thornton is a walking contradiction,... More>>
End of the Road End of the Road
Lightness of being: Van Sant's existential Kurt Cobain movie is an opaque masterpiece
, July 12, 2005
Last Days, the brilliant concluding chapter in the death trilogy that inspired Gus Van Sant's artistic rebirth, wafts through the final 48 or so... More>>
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