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, March 01, 2005
"In spite of The Beatles," reads the introductory title card, "one man keeps the faith." Any music-minded film that treats the Fab Four as... More>>
Film
, March 01, 2005
Like the upcoming Argentine art-house buzz flick The Holy Girl, this more melodramatic Filipino coming-of-ager concerns the budding sexuality of... More>>
Film
, March 01, 2005
Less a film, more a series of ragtag gags, Mail Order Wife will surely win over the Meet Wally Sparks set of indie connoisseurs. The flickeroo... More>>
Film
, March 01, 2005
Early in this Kindergarten Cop retread, we zoom in on Vin Diesel's Navy Seal buckling his ammo straps. You know the sequence will be repeated... More>>
Film
, March 01, 2005
"Do we need any more machine guns?" asks Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett, protecting his North Carolina county from illegal video poker games and... More>>
Young Guns Young Guns
In embedded Iraq documentary, soldiers rap for camera, introduce orphans to SpongeBob
, February 22, 2005
Documentaries, like spinach, are supposed to be good for you and healthy for the body politic. The most striking thing about Gunner Palace,... More>>
Full Mental Jacket: Traumatized Vet Seeks Better Tomorrow Full Mental Jacket: Traumatized Vet Seeks Better Tomorrow
, February 22, 2005
Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of time-travel movies—one in which the protagonist's attempts to meddle with chronological cause and... More>>
How the West Was Spun How the West Was Spun
Wise old coots, opinionated colts, and the American frontier on display at westerns series
, February 22, 2005
Two rode together: Ford vs. Hawks In the matter of John Ford's westerns vs. Howard Hawks's westerns, consider Ford's cavalry trilogy exhibit A.... More>>
Italian History Gets Family-Album Treatment at Epic Length Italian History Gets Family-Album Treatment at Epic Length
, February 22, 2005
The annotated family album as social history, or vice versa, The Best of Youth is another thick spine on the top shelf of Italian cine-novels.... More>>
Hearing Voices Hearing Voices
Argentine director Lucrecia Martel explores carnality and sacred solitude in The Holy Girl
, February 22, 2005
In Argentina, a country racked by economic collapse, it has become a radical act to stop and listen to the sounds of life roiling beneath... More>>
Double Dutch Double Dutch
Medium-cool Leonard adaptation takes cues from Get Shorty, but only The Rock has a hit
, February 22, 2005
At least the MGM marketers waited for Dutch Leonard to write a Get Shorty sequel before they green-lit a filmed one—but the wait may have... More>>
Traveling Film Festival Brings Third-World Movies to U.S. Traveling Film Festival Brings Third-World Movies to U.S.
, February 22, 2005
Redressing the geographic imbalance endemic to American cinemas (and American consciousness), the Global Film Initiative caravan rolls into town... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
A selective preview compiled and written by David Blaylock, Akiva Gottlieb, Ben Kenigsberg, Joshua Land, and Peter L'Official Don't... More>>
A Brief History of Wizened Sidekicks
, February 22, 2005
Every western worth its salt needs its salty old dog: the resident codger, the coot, the geezer, Pops. The Grizzled Old-Timer may sometimes... More>>
From the Grave: Tony the Wonder Horse
, February 22, 2005
You are probably wondering why I was never stuffed like Trigger even though I was in 181 of Tom Mix's films and he kissed me on the nose and I... More>>
The Year the Western Went New Wave
, February 22, 2005
And then the western grew sick in the heart and mind, sick with ruined mythopoeia and squandered righteousness and violent lies, and died,... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
Mike Leigh spins silk out of shoestrings and Terence Davies can't even get a foot in the financiers' door, but somehow the U.K. film industry can... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
"Every American is eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day," says the eponymous hero of Danielle Franco and Chris Kenneally's lighthearted... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
With Scream, Wes Craven and Kevin Will-iamson pioneered a novel formula for rejuvenating the slasher flick: Rather than populate their cut-'em-up... More>>
Israeli Espionage Thriller Builds Tension, Yields Confusion Israeli Espionage Thriller Builds Tension, Yields Confusion
, February 22, 2005
Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox, who directed Yossi & Jagger, a surprise hit about two male lovers in the Israeli army, again scales the heights of... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
Emile has the year's best opening credits so far: As Ian McKellen walks with senile befuddlement, a Reader's Digest version of the film plays... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
In Man of the House, Tommy Lee Jones plays a veteran Texas Ranger—his Wranglers tight, his Stetson tall—charged with protecting an... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
Not exactly the most earth-shattering entry from the Argentinean new wave, Intimate Stories nevertheless portrays the intersecting lives of its... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
Haunted by history and caught in a state of maddened rue, the Korean new wave is still gaining steam as a zeitgeist, and Park Chan-wook appears... More>>
Film
, February 22, 2005
Part of the "Cool Japan: Otaku Strikes!" series, this program takes cues from all things otaku, Japan's dorky subculture of poorly socialized pop... More>>
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