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Reconstructing Woody: Inverted Dynamics Yield Mixed Results Reconstructing Woody: Inverted Dynamics Yield Mixed Results
, October 18, 2005
No, it's not a prequel to last year's vertiginous Sundance prizewinner. In his sophomore feature, Ben Younger (Boiler Room) attempts to reinvent... More>>
Mini-Retro Spotlights Japan's Most Versatile Cinematic Legend
, October 18, 2005
In some danger of being overlooked in the press of history that reveres Ozu's rigorous constancy and Kurosawa's noble pulp, Kenji Mizoguchi is a... More>>
'The Fog'
, October 18, 2005
John Carpenter created a productive niche for himself with clever B homages to studio Hollywood, honoring Howard Hawks especially. Two of these... More>>
New French Connection at BAM
, October 18, 2005
With one of its strongest lineups, this year's Gallic mini-cinefest at BAM features a breezy rom-com, a solemn redemption song, a quiet... More>>
'The Roost'
, October 18, 2005
This shoestring B movie provides the discerning horror fan with a viable alternative to yet another glossy '70s remake. A group of friends on... More>>
'Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One'
, October 18, 2005
An unreleased phantom from the summer of 1968, finally getting distributed in this our year of chaotic neo-'Nam-ness, William Greaves's... More>>
'Three . . . Extremes'
, October 18, 2005
Bewilderingly titled and as ad hoc as any omnibus film, this pan-Asian, neo–Night Gallery trilogy of horror shorts is nevertheless a... More>>
'Ballets Russes'
, October 18, 2005
The documentary Ballets Russes enacts its drama with a light editorial hand and unavoidable sentimentality, rather like a roll call of the NBA's... More>>
'Doom'
, October 18, 2005
Yes, Doom is a bad movie but you already knew that. If you have no patience for loud, illogical spectacles you don't need to be told to skip this... More>>
'Saw II'
, October 18, 2005
The MPAA rejected the original poster for Saw II, an image of two severed fingers. The producers were permitted to keep their grimy digits, but... More>>
'Stay'
, October 18, 2005
In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair. People suffer stylishly; depressives are angry and dirty;... More>>
Back in Black Back in Black
He lost it at the movies: Former Lethal wunderkind returns with adrenalized screwball comedy
, October 11, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a calling-card movie that invites you to enjoy, and even participate in, the comeback of writer-director Shane Black: To... More>>
Aw, Sukkah Sukkah Now: Humorous Hebrew Holiday Hijinks Aw, Sukkah Sukkah Now: Humorous Hebrew Holiday Hijinks
, October 11, 2005
Ushpizin mines a vein of Jewish humor not often seen in the movies. The mode is religious parable, the protagonists are Hasidim, and there's even... More>>
Unknown Pleasures Unknown Pleasures
For the first time in 21 years, oft—overlooked Japanese master Mikio Naruse has a retro in NY
, October 11, 2005
In the final moments of 1960's When a Woman Ascends the Stairs—the last classic of Japanese cinema's pre-New Wave golden age—Keiko, a... More>>
The Insider: Facing Homeland Insecurity in a Blue State The Insider: Facing Homeland Insecurity in a Blue State
, October 11, 2005
Set in the unhinged months that stretched from 9-11 to the invasion of Iraq, The Time We Killed achieves a quiet power through rough-edged,... More>>
Great Haul From China Great Haul From China
Intro to Chinese canon dazzles with volcanic Ruan and a modernist classic of Spring
, October 11, 2005
Imagine a retrospective of only 32 feature films celebrating all of, say, American or French cinema. That's how many the Walter Reade's... More>>
Girl School Confidential: A Feminist Flip on Zéro de Conduite Girl School Confidential: A Feminist Flip on Zéro de Conduite
, October 11, 2005
Whether you're a film culture optimist or a maddened discontent, it's difficult to argue that originality has been in great supply recently; my... More>>
'Protocols of Zion'
, October 11, 2005
Soon after 9-11, a chatty cabdriver informed Marc Levin that, thanks to an advance warning, no Jews died in the World Trade Center. The spread of... More>>
'After Innocence'
, October 11, 2005
What does it feel like to be imprisoned for a crime you did not do? After Innocence documents the stories of seven prisoners who were exonerated... More>>
'Shopgirl'
, October 11, 2005
The movie version of Steve Martin's slim first fiction is an uneasy marriage of form and content—a wan, world-weary representation of... More>>
Classless Class Action Flick Guilty of Viewer Harassment Classless Class Action Flick Guilty of Viewer Harassment
, October 11, 2005
The lead plaintiff in Jenson v. Eveleth Mines, the first class action sexual-harassment suit, began work at the northern Minnesota iron mine in... More>>
'Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death'
, October 11, 2005
From 1885 until a year before his 1909 death, Belgium's King Leopold II ruled the Congo Free State as his personal fiefdom, enslaving the... More>>
'Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story'
, October 11, 2005
It's about a quick-footed horse, but Dreamer's only feat is winding up slower than Seabiscuit. Adults will be restless as stabled bucks, but... More>>
'Emmanuel's Gift'
, October 11, 2005
In July 2002, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah biked 600 kilometers across Ghana—an achievement for anyone, but especially so for a man born with only... More>>
'Kids in America'
, October 11, 2005
Nicole Richie loyalists are sure to be confounded (along with the rest of us) by Kids in America, the weirdly anti-Bush high school "satire" that... More>>
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