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, June 22, 2004
One of the new Israeli cinema's great strengths—the fact that its intimate domestic dramas (like Broken Wings) might take place just about... More>>
Film
, June 22, 2004
A coy sexual-awakening vignette acquires home-movie texture and sociological flavor in Rémi Lange's The Road to Love. For reasons as yet... More>>
Anarchy in the E.U. Anarchy in the E.U.
Panic in year zero: Ice-cool Austrian director's apocalyptic parable finds love in the ruins
, June 15, 2004
An inspired and uncompromised experiment in apocalyptic anxiety, Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf is conceived as a headlong rush into the... More>>
Aspiring Actors and Accidental Stars in New Brazilian Films
, June 15, 2004
The rhythms and racial tensions of Brazil's variegated culture percolate through this festival of recent works, organized by MOMA and screening... More>>
Old Pros Lend Credibility to Young Lovebirds' Magical Hysteria Tour Old Pros Lend Credibility to Young Lovebirds' Magical Hysteria Tour
, June 15, 2004
Big-lunged lovers Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling)—pampered Southern debutante and rough-earth mill worker,... More>>
Able Ganz Able Ganz
Frog-voiced multilinguist as Swiss sailor, Icelandic waiter, Russian count, fallen angel
, June 15, 2004
When Bruno Ganz took his leave from the Berlin Schaubühne theater company to star in The Marquise of O (1976), director Eric Rohmer showed... More>>
French Maverick Looks for Utopia, Locates Brave New World French Maverick Looks for Utopia, Locates Brave New World
, June 15, 2004
French director Alain Guiraudie's No Rest for the Brave is a deadpan, volatile shape-shifter that utterly defies taxonomy. Morphing from a... More>>
Europeans Stuck in Expressionist, Firelit Jungle
, June 15, 2004
Not the least of the jolts in Lars von Trier's masterful Dogville was the notion that the Dogme movement might produce greater films posthumously... More>>
Eviction Notice Eviction Notice
Stolen election, bogus war: Moore finds footage and lets it burn in anti-Bush agitprop
, June 15, 2004
Given the last word in the anti-capitalist documentary The Corporation, opening next week, Michael Moore asserts that his muckraking social... More>>
Body of Evidence: An Anti-Corporate Doc's Catalog of Outrage
, June 15, 2004
Sergei Eisenstein dreamed of producing a Joycean epic based on Marx's Das Kapital. Albeit more prosaic, The Corporation, written by Joel Bakan... More>>
Film Film
, June 15, 2004
Tucked into the visual cacophony of the current show devoted to the fabulously garish Icelandic political pop artist known as Erró are a... More>>
Film Film
, June 15, 2004
Wasn't there a Ben Stiller movie out last month? Sporting inflatable codpiece and Dirty Mind–era Prince 'do, the ubiquitous jester is at his... More>>
Film
, June 15, 2004
Ghostlight inhabits territory all its own: Call it "schlock doc." Christopher Herrmann, a former associate of the Martha Graham Dance Company and... More>>
Film
, June 15, 2004
Returning to the territory of his 1989 hit The Bear, Jean-Jacques Annaud delivers another refreshingly mature fable of bestial devotion, and... More>>
Film
, June 15, 2004
No Triplets of Belleville, this French animated feature was hatched as an idea for a video game, and it shows: With its hasty computer rendering... More>>
Batteries Not Included: Stepford Remake Needs an Upgrade Batteries Not Included: Stepford Remake Needs an Upgrade
, June 08, 2004
The Stepford Wives, a comic remake of the 1972 Ira Levin bestseller, directed by Frank Oz from Paul Rudnick’s script, is almost desperate to... More>>
Tom Delay Tom Delay
Baggage claim: In Spielberg fable, Hanks's idiot savant takes American customs to heart
, June 08, 2004
A comedy about a stateless Eastern European tourist stranded indefinitely in the limbo of Kennedy International Airport, The Terminal... More>>
Daze of Being Wild Daze of Being Wild
Pistol operas: Counterprogramming digital Hollywood schlock with digital Asian pulp
, June 08, 2004
In this year's edition of the city's favorite volcanic pulp-film festival, the bar for pure Asian movieness seems to be both higher and lower... More>>
Physician, Steel Thyself: Quirky Quebec Villagers Set a Trap Physician, Steel Thyself: Quirky Quebec Villagers Set a Trap
, June 08, 2004
Crowd-pleasing, easy-to-mimic film formulas are like undetected viruses: Eventually they turn up everywhere. Witness Seducing Doctor Lewis, a... More>>
The North Face The North Face
, June 08, 2004
The heart-scraping Korean doc Repatriation (at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Walter Reade, June 19, 21, and 22) follows a group of... More>>
The Out-of-Towners The Out-of-Towners
Bumbling scientist and former gymnast circumnavigate the mad, mad, mad, mad world
, June 08, 2004
In Jules Verne's adventure novel, Phileas Fogg, a near-autistically fastidious London gentleman of independent means, tries to circumnavigate the... More>>
Signora Swaps Chickens for Cakes, Mistakes Regret for Tragedy Signora Swaps Chickens for Cakes, Mistakes Regret for Tragedy
, June 08, 2004
Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) ekes out one of those lives of quiet desperation. She dreamed of becoming a pastry chef and had to settle for... More>>
You'll Sleep Through the Film: Reheated Get Carter More Lukewarm Than Cool
, June 08, 2004
With his sensibility still vinyl-skipping somewhere in 1965, Brit would-be auteur Mike Hodges seems an unlikely candidate for re-emergence, and... More>>
Vin Diesel's Octane Too Low to Power Riddick-ulous Sci-Fi Sequel Vin Diesel's Octane Too Low to Power Riddick-ulous Sci-Fi Sequel
, June 08, 2004
As he pats the haunches of a prisoner-lunching dog at feeding time, notorious murderer Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) explains to a fellow... More>>
Film
, June 08, 2004
No one can accuse Garfield: The Movie of infidelity to its source: It faithfully conveys the banality of Jim Davis's cartoon. (Though the casting... More>>
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