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Girl Power Challenges Gender-Bending Restoration Actors Girl Power Challenges Gender-Bending Restoration Actors
, September 28, 2004
The screen adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play Compleat Female Stage Beauty takes many a historical liberty in yoking together the real-life... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
It was inevitable that Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate would ring the death knell, in 1980, for what has since been called the American new... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
In Macunaíma, cinema novo pioneer Joaquim Pedro de Andrade adapted a masterpiece of Brazilian modernism to reflect the simultaneous... More>>
Silent Discontent: A Portrait of the Jihadist as a Young Man Silent Discontent: A Portrait of the Jihadist as a Young Man
, September 28, 2004
Measuring the human impact of Pakistan's late-'70s turn toward Islamization, Silent Waters charts the disintegrating bond between a widowed... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
A sort of Idoru meets Spice World, Takashi Miike's 1998 J-pop jaunt congregates girl group Speed and boyband Da Pump in an effervescent riff on... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
The God-squad answer to Todd Graff's Camp, this after-church special finds chaste cover girl Hilary Duff playing a red-state songbird who, when... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
Not as snort-worthy as Backdraft, Ladder 49 is a serviceable testament to the firemen who would bravely risk their lives to protect the safety of... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
Dario Argento, the Visconti of violence, is back with an ingenious but relatively tame thriller. Irish cop John (Liam Cunningham) teams up with... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
A To Be and to Have with politicking replacing nose picking, Arna's Children documents the theater productions at a Jenin school where kids liken... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
While the serial-killer sob story subgenre rarely yields a nuanced product, Kai S. Pieck's debut feature finds a plaintive, compelling route to... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
Faced with Tim Story's dire buddy comedy, which pairs rogue NYC cab driver Queen Latifah and abrasively inept cop Jimmy Fallon, the mind... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
Drifter Turner Lair (the king of the offbeat line-reading, Christopher Walken) turns up unannounced at the home of his elderly father, adult son,... More>>
Jumping the Shark Jumping the Shark
DreamWorks creates stereotype-heavy, pop-culture–addled society—like ours, only wetter
, September 21, 2004
Shark Tale's shallow plot and leagues of padding put it fully in the shadow of last year's animated underwater offering, the nifty, heartfelt... More>>
Agitprop Filmmaker for Truth: Kerry as Warrior and Protester Agitprop Filmmaker for Truth: Kerry as Warrior and Protester
, September 21, 2004
Are we sick of 'Nam yet? Or have we forgotten the depth of that calamity? George Butler's de facto campaign biography, detailing John Kerry's... More>>
Almost Famous: Two Indie Bands Struggle to Survive the Industry and Each Other
, September 21, 2004
In 1994, Minneapolis's City Pages ran a cover story about the "privileged poor"—bohemian kids moving in from the burbs to haunt midsize-city... More>>
Autumn Sonata Autumn Sonata
Young guns Jaoui and Jia mingle with old masters Bergman, Rohmer, and Godard at NYFF
, September 21, 2004
This year's New York Film Festival opens with Look at Me, and that title might well be the festival's proud motto. The 42nd edition is one... More>>
Studio of Flying Daggers Studio of Flying Daggers
Ornate sets, emperor-peasant action, and royal-court face-offs highlight a Shaw Bros. retro
, September 21, 2004
A quixotic choice for a NYFF restoration sidebar, Shaw Brothers Studios was the purest of pulpmeisters and one of the world's great B-movie... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
Necessary but flaccid advocacy, Jim de Sève's gay-marriage doc opts for easy lionization and vilification over nuanced analysis. Centering... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
Using Illinois's 2000–'02 clemency hearings and Governor George Ryan's waffling as entry points, Deadline delivers a routine but effective... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
With Hollywood showing off iMac sets and characters in Sky Captain, Richard Sylvarnes—who, Gallo-style, scripted, directed, scored, and... More>>
Vodka Tonic: Small-Town Hardship in a Screwball Comedy Vodka Tonic: Small-Town Hardship in a Screwball Comedy
, September 21, 2004
Maintaining a wry pH balance between Kaurismäki and Paradjanov, this Armenian comedy about a post-Soviet mountain village, its boondocks... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
Like Bush himself, First Daughter conceives of the presidency primarily as an ongoing costume ball, replete with fairy-tale manse and servant... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
The latest in a line of religious products that include DVDs, workbooks, special-edition Bibles, and recorded sermons, Woman brings bestselling... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
Largely composed of personal visits with Louise Bourgeois at her home in France, Brigitte Cornand's documentary is a video-verité portrait... More>>
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, September 21, 2004
Supplemental Robert Greenwald–produced material for the Michael Moore crowd, Unprecedented and Unconstitutional resurrect some of the... More>>
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