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Cape and Scowl Cape and Scowl
Batman and sobbin': Orphan grief and existential questions in a grim franchise retake
, June 07, 2005
Since Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997) devolved an already campy superhero franchise into a sub-Vegas monster's... More>>
Blow Up Blow Up
David LaChapelle plays his krump card with a South Central dance doc
, June 07, 2005
Vérité means different things to different directors. Celebrity portrait-maker and video director David LaChapelle's stylized,... More>>
People Person People Person
Hyphenate hipstress Miranda July infiltrates Indiewood
, June 07, 2005
Visionary storyteller Miranda July is perhaps the worst-kept secret in American filmmaking. Though Cannes laureled her elegantly emotive feature... More>>
Love Streams Love Streams
Pawel Pawlikowski finds a place in the sun
, June 07, 2005
"I tried to keep the whole film in a strange in-between land," says Pawel Pawlikowski, the Warsaw-born, London-based director of the sinuous,... More>>
New Waverly New Waverly
IFC indahouse: A Village theater reopens, but not without controversy
, June 07, 2005
The Waverly Theater, at Sixth Avenue and West 4th Street, will forever be known as the movie house that, in 1976, kicked off the most enduring... More>>
Brighter Summer Days
, June 07, 2005
To judge by the box office stats and the grousing critics, not to mention the received wisdom that summer movies are only good for... More>>
Summertime in a Small Town: Nowhere Girls in an Idle Idyll Summertime in a Small Town: Nowhere Girls in an Idle Idyll
, June 07, 2005
Last Resort, Pawel Pawlikowski's previous film, was a pitch-perfect, post-Loachian portrait of refugee idleness in the lowlands of Kent, so... More>>
Wireless Connections Wireless Connections
Force of July: An idiosyncratic polymath turns delicate whimsy into a heartfelt story of us
, June 07, 2005
The inclusive title of polymath Miranda July's first feature film is apt for a multimedia artist who has often sought to forge virtual... More>>
Smothering Heights: Close Can't Save Clumsy Melodrama
, June 07, 2005
There's always the danger of forgetting that the rich and gorgeous have problems from which their furniture can't entirely save them. Merchant... More>>
Exploitation as Family Therapy in Meta−Road Movie Exploitation as Family Therapy in Meta−Road Movie
, June 07, 2005
Many a struggling indie filmmaker has turned to his family for help. But writer-director Andrew Wagner, embarking on his first feature after a... More>>
'The Perfect Man'
, June 07, 2005
The Perfect Man Directed by Mark Rosman Universal, opens June 17 All of Hilary Duff's previous starring vehicles have existed solely to promote... More>>
'Wheel of Time' 'Wheel of Time'
Wheeling and Healing: Herzog's Journey to Enlightenment
, June 07, 2005
Wheel of Time Written and directed by Werner Herzog June 15 through 28, Film Forum Between balloon (The White Diamond) and bear (Grizzly Man)... More>>
'The Bridge of San Luis Rey'
, June 07, 2005
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY Written and directed by Mary McGuckian Fine Line, in release Not terrible enough to warrant its dump job, The Bridge... More>>
'The Deal'
, June 07, 2005
THE DEAL Directed by Harvey Kahn Front Street, opens June 17, Loews 34th Street Opening with a quote from Napoleon, The Deal announces ambitions... More>>
'Ethan Mao'
, June 07, 2005
ETHAN MAO Written and directed by Quentin Lee June 17 through 23, ImaginAsian Ethan Mao is an exhausting exercise in genre mixing. Jun Hee Lee... More>>
'The Great Water'
, June 07, 2005
THE GREAT WATER Directed by Ivo Trajkov Picture This!, opens June 17, Quad Orphans and cinema are old friends, at least since the days of D.W.... More>>
'The Honeymooners'
, June 07, 2005
THE HONEYMOONERS Directed by John Schultz Paramount, in release Not only are baby boomers gearing up to plunder Social Security, they continue... More>>
'Joint Security Area (JSA)'
, June 07, 2005
Joint Security Area (JSA) Directed by Park Chanwook June 15 through 21, Two Boots Pioneer Both a forerunner of Korean cinema's current string... More>>
'Edvard Munch'
, June 07, 2005
Edvard Munch Written and directed by Peter Watkins Shadow, opens June 17, Cinema Village Peter Watkins may finally be emerging from behind what... More>>
King of the Castle King of the Castle
In Hayao Miyazaki's latest delivery, dreams of destruction overcome defective dubbing
, May 31, 2005
Oscar winner, New Yorker profilee, and international name-above-the-title, Hayao Miyazaki is the one-man standing answer to the American system... More>>
French Horror Pastiche Up to More Than Mimicry
, May 31, 2005
The international shortage of horror movie plots surfaces in France with Alexandre Aja's High Tension, a pastiche of '70s American slasher flicks... More>>
The Original Rebel Giant, Lost to the East of Eden The Original Rebel Giant, Lost to the East of Eden
, May 31, 2005
"This young actor, who is here doing his first big-screen stint, is a mass of histrionic gingerbread. He scuffs his feet, he whirls, he pouts, he... More>>
, May 31, 2005
New Thai cinema? So 2002. As fest globe-trotters know, the Southeast Asian hot spot of the moment is Malaysia, home to a small, close-knit group... More>>
Rights and Wronged Rights and Wronged
Global fest looks at sectarian violence, teen labor, and—for the first time—the Iraq war
, May 31, 2005
War and its aftermath are always major preoccupations of Human Rights Watch's annual global film sampler; the 16th installment of this invaluable... More>>
Latin Quarter
South American HRW docs confront the ethics of filmmaking
, May 31, 2005
A certain documentary tradition, encompassing films as disparate as Land Without Bread, The House Is Black, and ABC Africa, deals primarily with... More>>
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