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Triple X Triple X
Omni-bust: Wong's early climax can't make up for a spent Soderbergh and a flaccid Antonioni
, March 29, 2005
Among the assortment of extratextual things going on deep in the muddle of Eros, there's the indulgence of the omnibus film, an idiot quasi-genre... More>>
Two Film Series Spotlight Indian Cinema's Dual Traditions Two Film Series Spotlight Indian Cinema's Dual Traditions
, March 29, 2005
With some high-profile releases in the past few years, increased press coverage, and tourist-friendly phenomena like Bombay Dreams, the Bollywood... More>>
Personal Velocity Personal Velocity
Kicks and giggles: Hong Kong king of comedy’s kung fu send-up delivers the action goods
, March 29, 2005
Those who monitor popular cinema don't have a super-abundance of positive developments to report these days. The once great highway of mass... More>>
A Squalid Swedish Porno Drama Punishes Its Audience A Squalid Swedish Porno Drama Punishes Its Audience
, March 29, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle is not the week's lone self-reflexive genre bender. Operating in an even more popular mode than martial arts, although to... More>>
Film
, March 29, 2005
The most heartrending as well as the pithiest of Scandinavian bummers, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" is the tale of a child... More>>
Film Film
, March 29, 2005
IN SATMAR CUSTODY Written and directed by Nitzan Gilady April 6 through 12, Two Boots Pioneer These days, on the sidewalks of leafy enclaves in... More>>
Film Film
, March 29, 2005
Light Motifs: Hockney hosts an opera-scored tour of his art "When I go to the opera I want to have something to look at," painter David Hockney... More>>
A Talking Picture A Talking Picture
The Me generation: Agnès Jaoui puts a personal touch on the bourgeois ensemble comedy
, March 22, 2005
Making middle-class character ensembles safe for moviegoers, Agnès Jaoui has mastered the manufacture of interpersonal naturalism. Look at... More>>
Cult Artist, Sparring Teens, and Lonely Hit Man Wrap Up ND/NF
, March 22, 2005
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON March 30 and April 1 The umpteenth documentary probe of an infirm cult artist is uniquely harrowing for the degree... More>>
Division Streets Division Streets
Up close and political: Israeli foundation's series shows complexity on both sides of the fence
, March 22, 2005
Imagine if, each year, Connecticut were the subject of dozens of documentaries—close looks at border disputes with Rhode Island, essays on... More>>
Stockholm Syndrome: Sweden's Big-City Dreams
, March 22, 2005
Madcap romps and the tedium of Swedish hamlets abound in Walter Reade's annual svenska film roundup. "The whole train's going straight to hell,"... More>>
Breezy Living: Sturges's Premature Maturity Breezy Living: Sturges's Premature Maturity
, March 22, 2005
By an oceanic margin the most distinguished screenwriting voice to emerge from the Golden Age fun factory, Preston Sturges is to be revered for... More>>
Dark Night Returns Dark Night Returns
Black and white and red all over
, March 22, 2005
The sun never shines in Sin City—but then Sin City doesn't really need light. Although populated by a gaggle of Hollywood meat puppets,... More>>
Hungarian-Trained Director Probes Allegorical Underworld Hungarian-Trained Director Probes Allegorical Underworld
, March 22, 2005
The most successful Magyar movie of the 21st century, Nimr Antal's Kontroll is an energetic piece of pulp fiction that, still working with... More>>
Film Film
, March 22, 2005
A neo-Fassbinderian taxonomist of freak-show love, Italian director Matteo Garrone—whose previous film, The Embalmer, was surely the best... More>>
Timid Script Stifles Bernie Mac in Race-Reversed Remake Timid Script Stifles Bernie Mac in Race-Reversed Remake
, March 22, 2005
Guess Who Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan Columbia, in release Professionally caustic and often brilliant, comedian Bernie Mac still ain't got... More>>
Film
, March 22, 2005
Screening nightly during the first week of the Pioneer's "Homeland Insecurity" series, Michale Boganim's Odessa . . . Odessa! is a modernist... More>>
Punch-Drunk Love Punch-Drunk Love
Filmmaker-sommelier Jonathan Nossiter uncorks a vintage wine-industry exposé
, March 15, 2005
In a perfect world, Jonathan Nossiter's documentary Mondovino would impel as many tourists to Burgundy as those following Miles and Jack's sodden... More>>
Through the Grapevine
, March 15, 2005
New York wine importer Neal Rosenthal, one of the most eloquent and passionate "terroirists" in Jonathan Nossiter's Mondovino, describes the wine... More>>
Die Hard With a Vengeance Die Hard With a Vengeance
Best served cold, Park Chanwook's brutal revenge feast comes with a side of live octopus
, March 15, 2005
More than any single Korean film as yet released stateside, Park Chanwook's Oldboy crystallizes the reigning characteristic of its national new... More>>
In This World In This World
Rappers in Cuba, pilgrims in Mecca, killer fish in Tanzania, James Carville in Bolivia
, March 15, 2005
THE HERO March 23 and 24 Like too many African films, and paradoxically so, given the continent's sociopolitical tragedies and unresolved... More>>
Film
, March 15, 2005
A prizewinner at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, released here in 1957 and thereafter forgotten, White Reindeer is the most exotic item in "Fright... More>>
Message in a Bottle Message in a Bottle
Rustic eccentrics wax philosophical and 'terroirists' denounce globalizers in wine doc
, March 15, 2005
Wine is more than once extolled as the essence of civilization in Jonathan Nossiter's DV documentary Mondovino. The major point of this vineyard... More>>
False Note: Day-Lewis Smells Like a Rose, While Ballad Reeks False Note: Day-Lewis Smells Like a Rose, While Ballad Reeks
, March 15, 2005
What does it mean to give a wholly convincing performance from an untenable script? Does the feat confirm the supremacy of the living word over... More>>
Film Film
, March 15, 2005
Will the circle be unbroken? Let's hope not. This poorly conceived sequel to Gore Verbinski's The Ring ditches that film's scariest... More>>
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