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'Making Grace'
, July 12, 2005
Card-carrying members of Focus on the Family, take note: Lesbian mothers are nice ladies with normal lives. Gund's doc follows Ann and Leslie... More>>
'Rittenhouse Square'
, July 12, 2005
With just enough art-lack and speak-for-itself whiz (call me cheesy), this doc understands the famoustorical Philly park's appeal: Hot girls... More>>
Rural Route Film Festival 2005
, July 12, 2005
For those unable to flee the city this weekend, there's the Rural Route Film Festival, whose third annual program of six features and more than... More>>
'The Seven Year Itch'
, July 12, 2005
By 1955, when Billy Wilder's NYC-set midsummer night's sex comedy was released, Marilyn Monroe was so famous that her character no longer needed... More>>
His Own Private Biopic His Own Private Biopic
Gus Van Sant resurrects the ever enigmatic Kurt Cobain with a lyrical blast from the avant-garde
, July 05, 2005
Gus Van Sant's Last Days will likely be remembered as the "Kurt Cobain movie"—more than as the final chapter (after Gerry and Elephant) of... More>>
Celebrity Skinned Celebrity Skinned
Blake placid: A former 'Dawson's Creek' star tackles a mythic musician with willful incoherence
, July 05, 2005
Chain-smoking through his interviews, Michael Pitt—the antistar of Gus Van Sant's latest meditation—pushes russet-dyed bangs from his... More>>
Déjà Vu
All his cowboys get the blues: The shambolic, iconic Van Santian hero dies young, again
, July 05, 2005
I dislike Gus Van Sant for much the same reason I dislike David Lynch: Everyone I meet at parties loves them and, worse, expects me to love them... More>>
Sound Garden
Scene and heard: Last Days audio guru finds a method to some mumbles
, July 05, 2005
Opening with a nearly wordless retreat into nature, Gus Van Sant's ethereal Last Days replaces rockstar mythologizing with something far more... More>>
All This Useless Beauty All This Useless Beauty
Absence of presence: Arty Last Days misses out on Cobain's populist passion
, July 05, 2005
This Is Spinal Tap is the greatest of all rock movies because Spinal Tap are dorks. Dorks are easy, whereas actual rock stars are nearly... More>>
The Covers Album The Covers Album
Don't look back: From nostalgia-peddling dreck to sci-fi satire, the peril-fraught subgenre of the rockstar movie
, July 05, 2005
The Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad once said that he refused to sell the film rights to his book Come as You Are because he "didn't want to... More>>
Clean and Sober Clean and Sober
Identity miscegenation and sexual frustration dominate an impressively broad Asian festival
, July 05, 2005
Woe to the festival that attempts to embody the cinematic output of an entire continent, especially if that continent is the constantly mutating... More>>
Four Shame! New Marvel Movie All Doom and Gloom Four Shame! New Marvel Movie All Doom and Gloom
, July 05, 2005
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four as an editorial imperative: Invent a superhero group to cash in on the popularity of DC... More>>
Foursquare: Lively Drama Spiked With Risky Questions
, July 05, 2005
Like the incendiary domestic melodrama of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? framed in a Pinter-esque narrative mindfuck and spiked with piercing... More>>
Stranger With Candy Stranger With Candy
A decent Factory: Tim Burton's enjoyable Roald Dahl redux delves into Wonka weirdness
, July 05, 2005
With the Michael Jackson trial over, it's a shade less discomfiting to watch Johnny Depp, as reclusive candy wizard Willy Wonka, escort five... More>>
Women on the Verge: Troubled Lives Intersect in Jersey City Women on the Verge: Troubled Lives Intersect in Jersey City
, July 05, 2005
In the Lower East Side coming-of-age tale Raising Victor Vargas, Judy Marte played a distracted, traumatized girl whose pained silences could be... More>>
The No-Commitments The No-Commitments
Frat-Packers Vaughn and Wilson look for booty, find adulthood in hollow but charming comedy
, July 05, 2005
Hollywood number crunchers estimate that by 2008, one-quarter of all studio comedies will feature a permutation of the acting collective... More>>
Soggy Remake Takes On the Horrors of New York Real Estate Soggy Remake Takes On the Horrors of New York Real Estate
, July 05, 2005
A gothic horror redesigned in modernist architecture, Dark Water literalizes the truism that New York real estate is a nightmare. In the wake of... More>>
'Happy Endings'
, July 05, 2005
Long ago packaged as Neil LaBute lite, Don Roos has nevertheless proved a sucker for heart-clutching finales. His new movie is named for such... More>>
'Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus'
, July 05, 2005
You're going to need the right car. You can't show up in some Land Rover or some Lexus or something and expect poor folks to talk to you about... More>>
'The Warrior'
, July 05, 2005
In 1975, Indian filmgoers got a taste of their first chapati western. Sholay, the Bollywood film that went on to set national box office records... More>>
'Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror'; 'Return to the Land of Wonders'
, July 05, 2005
Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror gives muckraking journalism a bad name. Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy's DV assemblage of talking heads... More>>
Rhyme Scheme Rhyme Scheme
Creators of Sundance smash pimp fable leak the game plan
, June 28, 2005
"It is like we've fallen out of a stereotype tree and hit every branch on the way down," says director Craig Brewer about his pimp-hop, trickster... More>>
Irreconcilable Differences Irreconcilable Differences
Re-Marriage: Slight Scenes update not Bergman’s finest vintage, though still profound
, June 28, 2005
A fusty, quaint blast from the art-house past, Ingmar Bergman's Saraband rolls out with anachronistic boldness—were imported movies ever... More>>
Quad Wrangle Quad Wrangle
Reinventing the wheel: Sports doc keeps clichés to a minimum, dignifies determined jocks
, June 28, 2005
It's hard to imagine a movie with thicker Teflon coating than an inspirational sports doc in which the up-from-behind athletes involved are also... More>>
Mourning news: Murders and a muted Mambo Mouth Mourning news: Murders and a muted Mambo Mouth
, June 28, 2005
Ecuadorian director Sebasti Cordero's sophomore effort doesn't subvert the serial-killer genre but at least preempts dim predictability by... More>>
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