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The kids and the Whale: An unprolific Spanish perfectionist's monstrously dreamy debut
, January 17, 2006
Spanish master Víctor Erice graduated from film school in the early 1960s, and has since earned a living writing criticism, directing... More>>
The Newer World: Malick Cuts Fat, Keeps Movie Intact
, January 17, 2006
Maybe it should happen more often—a willful auteur, after his/her mega-epic has been released to mixed critical reaction and audience... More>>
A House Divided: Series Pays Homage to Catalonia
, January 17, 2006
Breaking up is hard to do, but staying together for the sake of the children is no picnic either. Consider the Spanish parliament, currently... More>>
'Imagine Me & You' 'Imagine Me & You'
, January 17, 2006
British rom-coms live and die by the charm of their patter. And though this lesbian-themed entry in the Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a... More>>
'Perception'
, January 17, 2006
Forget what you've heard about being your own worst enemy. In Perception, it's friends and family who really screw a girl over. That girl, Jen,... More>>
To Toes Action-Film Line With a Publicity-Savvy Police Story To Toes Action-Film Line With a Publicity-Savvy Police Story
, January 17, 2006
Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying, Breaking News centers its cops-and-robbers plot around a clever meta-media twist that nevertheless... More>>
'La Petite Jérusalem'
, January 17, 2006
La Petite Jérusalem opens with a close-up on the inner thighs of its young heroine, Laura (Fanny Valette). Director Karin Albou... More>>
'Nanny McPhee'
, January 17, 2006
Emma Thompson's first screenwriting effort since the Oscar-winning Sense and Sensibility is another literary adaptation, allegedly of... More>>
'Underworld: Evolution'
, January 17, 2006
You'll need devotees of the first Underworld—do you guys exist?—to explain what the hell is going on in Underworld: Evolution, which... More>>
Delhi Laughs Delhi Laughs
A funny thing happened on the way to the mosque: Brooks gets lost in translation
, January 10, 2006
Too provocatively titled for its first distributor, Albert Brooks's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is nothing if not high-concept. This... More>>
Mild Farce Restores Jewish Stereotypes in German Culture Mild Farce Restores Jewish Stereotypes in German Culture
, January 10, 2006
At one point in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, an eager gaggle of Al Jazeera producers attempt to recruit Albert Brooks for a sitcom to... More>>
The MVP of Black Cinema The MVP of Black Cinema
At 73, the original baadasssss shows no signs of slowing down
, January 10, 2006
Melvin Van Peebles is still free. One of the last free Black men on earth, in fact—an elite category of uppity, accomplished, streetwise... More>>
Green Giant Green Giant
Seine of the times: The wonderfully weird creatures of a French director's tragic menagerie
, January 10, 2006
A child-munching ogre and his vegetarian wife; a blue-jeaned chevalier and his loyal lion; a lupine maestro and the angelic soprano whom he... More>>
Why He Fights Why He Fights
Tracing the history of the military industrial complex
, January 10, 2006
Just as Why We Fight plays like a near scholarly dissection of what Dwight D. Eisenhower first termed the "military-industrial complex," director... More>>
Film
, January 10, 2006
In a career that began with an 8mm camera, Lars von Trier has personified many movie- culture paradigms: formal nose-thumber, malcontented... More>>
Latest Peru Doc Suffers From Fujimori's Cult of Personality
, January 10, 2006
The Fall of Fujimori is more—or less—than the flip side to last week's Film Forum Peru primer State of Fear: It's a prismatic shudder,... More>>
'Why We Fight'
, January 10, 2006
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize last year at Sundance, Eugene Jarecki's documentary analysis of our imperial war machine is considerably more... More>>
'The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam'
, January 10, 2006
Set in present-day Houston, this plodding and pretentious historical drama interpolates the titular legend of Rubaiyat author and mathematician... More>>
'End of the Spear'
, January 10, 2006
Coy crypto-Christian claptrap masquerading as feel-good ethnography, End of the Spear is part missionaries-in-peril potboiler (sans pot) and... More>>
Stale Suburban Indie Reheats Clichés, Adds Extra Cheese Stale Suburban Indie Reheats Clichés, Adds Extra Cheese
, January 10, 2006
An ugly-duckling fable populated with grotesques out of John Waters, Pizza attempts an unlikely mode: earnest camp. Obese, bespectacled, and... More>>
'24 Hours on Craigslist'
, January 10, 2006
A diverting infomercial, 24 Hours on Craigslist sent camera crews across San Francisco to interview folks who posted to the eponymous... More>>
'Glory Road'
, January 10, 2006
Sports fans who hate basketball joke that the game would be improved if you gave each team 100 points and two minutes to play instead of 48. The... More>>
'Last Holiday'
, January 10, 2006
How in the hell did the new Queen Latifah movie, a tired-looking remake of an Alec Guinness chestnut, become the story of a working-class African... More>>
'Tristan & Isolde'
, January 10, 2006
Montague and Capulet, Percy and Neville, G-Unit and D-Block: Shall the cultural canon's ageless beefs ne'er be squashed? Tristan & Isolde pits... More>>
New Doc Examines Van Peebles's Essential Cool New Doc Examines Van Peebles's Essential Cool
, January 10, 2006
Far from fading quietly into the lifetime-achievement mists, Melvin Van Peebles has lately come to be recognized as the very essence of cool.... More>>
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