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, November 16, 2004
In an experience that mirrors the annual struggle of red-state Jewry, the eponymous couple of this crackbrained holiday comedy choose not to... More>>
As Years Go By As Years Go By
A very Wong engagement: Time-traveling between an imaginary past and an eternal now
, November 09, 2004
Days of Being Wild is the movie with which Wong Kar-wai became Wong Kar-wai—the most influential, passionate, and romantic of neo-new-wave... More>>
O Brother, Where Art Thou?: A New Look at the Old South Korea O Brother, Where Art Thou?: A New Look at the Old South Korea
, November 09, 2004
Simon S. Sheen, of 3 Ninjas fame, is no kin to Charlie, but rather one of the few filmmakers to see just how ronery North Korea's Kim Jong Il can... More>>
Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Cross-dressing and cross-purposes: Almodóvar's twisty noir politely refuses to transgress
, November 09, 2004
Once something of a reckless, diabolically comic voice, Pedro Almodóvar has since entered middle age asking fairly standard questions... More>>
Full Visconti Series Juxtaposes Neorealism and Opulence Full Visconti Series Juxtaposes Neorealism and Opulence
, November 09, 2004
Count Luchino Visconti's main passion was breeding horses until Coco Chanel introduced him to Jean Renoir. He soon found himself working as an... More>>
Midtown Rushes Midtown Rushes
The MOMA returns: A re-opening bash with Godard, Scorsese, and an avant-garde A-list
, November 09, 2004
Programmed to celebrate the museum's midtown rebirth, MOMA's two-month-long Premieres series feels like a supersized international film festival... More>>
The Day I Became a Martyr: Islam Protest Brings Fatal Fatwa
, November 09, 2004
The movie that led to the death of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh lasts 11 minutes and is unlikely to influence anyone's views on its... More>>
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, November 09, 2004
A culture-clash comedy that takes the notion of Japanese otherness to ludicrous extremes, Alain Corneau's Fear and Trembling follows a year in... More>>
Film
, November 09, 2004
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. In 2001, actor-vegan-stoner-activist Woody Harrelson biked down the West Coast, stopping at... More>>
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, November 09, 2004
A kiddie biopic of Islam's founder retold through Hollywood-style animation, Muhammad: The Last Prophet opts for wholesome credos rather than... More>>
Child's Gay! Chucky Comes to Terms With Swishy Spawn. Child's Gay! Chucky Comes to Terms With Swishy Spawn.
, November 09, 2004
Having drawn and quartered its premise over the course of four previous movies, the Child's Play franchise now officially dissects itself,... More>>
Film
, November 09, 2004
In this patently unfunny romantic comedy-cum- Marxist screed, it's goodbye Lenin, hello free enterprise for two capitalist fools. Bob (Michael... More>>
Film
, November 09, 2004
Moscow newscaster Vera comes home to find her ad-exec boyfriend in bed with a younger man, setting up an Almodóvar-like ménage... More>>
Film
, November 09, 2004
With just the right balance of epic grandeur and break-into-song goofiness, this Bollywood love legend does double duty as a women's-rights... More>>
Film
, November 09, 2004
Four Nazi soldiers holed up in a cabin are so bored of killing escaped Jews that they let the one surviving captive create a role-playing game.... More>>
Film
, November 09, 2004
Since 1978, the enigmatic Jandek has released 34 records through the equally secret Houston-based Corwood Industries: atonal marathons of ghostly... More>>
The XXX Files The XXX Files
Too late for the election, a politically relevant biopic makes the case for sexual tolerance
, November 02, 2004
The title of Bill Condon's previous film Gods and Monsters could work for his latest, Kinsey. For some, the zoologist turned sex researcher... More>>
Grotesque Combat Adventures in a Restored Infantry Epic Grotesque Combat Adventures in a Restored Infantry Epic
, November 02, 2004
A World War II infantryman who landed in North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy, and was wounded twice, the late director-writer Samuel Fuller... More>>
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy
Magic and loss: Bereaved wonder boys help J.M. Barrie pen his immortal masterpiece
, November 02, 2004
To raise fact-checking quibbles with a film that declares itself "inspired by true events" may seem overly pedantic, but one has to wonder what... More>>
Spills and Thrills: Rom-Com Heroine Falls in Love, on Face Spills and Thrills: Rom-Com Heroine Falls in Love, on Face
, November 02, 2004
In Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), the gaffe-prone protagonist negotiated an obstacle course of minor humiliations before she could scramble over... More>>
Docs Examine Culture Wars From Kansas to Kabul
, November 02, 2004
For anybody still wondering what's the matter with Kansas, Howard Goldberg's Being Dorothy offers some insight into the civic life of Liberal... More>>
Slippery When Wet Slippery When Wet
Sullen Japanese twentysomethings—and pet jellyfish—adrift in neo-Buñuelian fantasy
, November 02, 2004
Beloved internationally as a classy pulp-meister, Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been, I think, largely misread—it may be more accurate and... More>>
A Korean New Wave Copes With the Burden of History
, November 02, 2004
Managing to collect a slew of vital Korean films that have not already been aired in local festivals, the Walter Reade series steers clear, for... More>>
Strangers on a Train: Wobbly Cartoon Spectacle Lacks Human Element Strangers on a Train: Wobbly Cartoon Spectacle Lacks Human Element
, November 02, 2004
"Seeing is believing," says an enigmatic hobo-ghost (Tom Hanks) in The Polar Express, a sentiment on the mind of the Saint Nick­agnostic... More>>
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, November 02, 2004
Blame Quentin: In 1997, a loudmouthed 28-year-old bartender named Troy Duffy sold his ultra-violent vigilante script The Boondock Saints ("Pulp... More>>
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