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, December 21, 2004
A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG Written and directed by Shainee Gabel Lions Gate, opens December 29 "Everyone knows that books are better than... More>>
Film
, December 21, 2004
DARKNESS Directed by Jaume Balagueró Dimension, in release Forgetting he was nearly killed there by a cult 40 years earlier, expat Mark... More>>
Broken Wing Broken Wing
Phoenix risible: Another needless remake barely takes off
, December 14, 2004
Remaking a movie that anybody with cable can watch twice a week seems a little foolhardy, particularly when the update is as perfunctory as John... More>>
Soft Skin: Freudian Lust and Costumed Silliness in Demy's May Day Musical
, December 14, 2004
With only a rough third of his singsong filmography familiar to American movieheads, French new wave fantasist Jacques Demy seems long overdue... More>>
The Fable Guy The Fable Guy
Sprite of the hunter: Jim Carrey journeys through a postmodern 'tween-gothic neverland
, December 14, 2004
A wry Charles Addams channeling arisen to challenge the childrens'-section dominance of J.K. Rowling, the Lemony Snicket narratives are sourball... More>>
Cheadle survives a timid account of the Rwandan genocide Cheadle survives a timid account of the Rwandan genocide
, December 14, 2004
Credit where credit's due: Terry George's atrocity-docudrama Hotel Rwanda addresses that nation's 1994 firestorm of civilian massacre without... More>>
Touch Of Evil Touch Of Evil
All the really young girls: Temptations abound as a convicted pedophile tries to be normal
, December 14, 2004
No topic can summon a torch-bearing mob quite so swiftly as pedophilia, but Nicole Kassell's ambitious debut feature absorbs a subject that... More>>
The Imagined Universe of an Outsider Artist Par Excellence The Imagined Universe of an Outsider Artist Par Excellence
, December 14, 2004
What will it be?—" So runs the last, lonely entry in Henry Darger's diary, penned on New Year's Day 1972. He would die the next year at 81,... More>>
The Phantom Menace The Phantom Menace
The saddest musical in the world: A Lloyd Webber revival that proves the show musn't go on
, December 14, 2004
Charles Garnier's Paris Opéra stands as a monument to Second Empire excess: cherubs, caryatids, mosaics, 10 kinds of marble, six types of... More>>
The Parent Trap 2: Cultures Clash as Focker Wedding Nears The Parent Trap 2: Cultures Clash as Focker Wedding Nears
, December 14, 2004
Meet the Fockers grants perennial punching bag Ben Stiller something of a holiday reprieve, redirecting its efforts toward obvious culture-clash... More>>
Film
, December 14, 2004
In looking after children, do parents also look after themselves? This question lies at the heart of The Keys to the House, Italian director... More>>
Film
, December 14, 2004
This brief, chilling portrait of North Korean public life (shot in 1988 by a Polish crew) makes a fascinating companion piece to Dogville, thanks... More>>
Film
, December 14, 2004
Hey, hey, hey—you knew the review would start this way! Fat Albert funnels the titular full-figure '70s cartoon Samaritan (Kenan Thompson)... More>>
The Life Aeronautic The Life Aeronautic
Sky captain and the world of yesterday: Scorsese's epic OCD portrait stalls in midflight
, December 07, 2004
There's no overestimating the contributions Martin Scorsese has made to American cinephilia. More than just a moviemaker, he has been a restless,... More>>
As a Grieving Mother, Weaver Chases Pot and an Oscar Nod As a Grieving Mother, Weaver Chases Pot and an Oscar Nod
, December 07, 2004
Last year, award nominators declared Diane Keaton's ditzy playwright in Something's Gotta Give a juicy role for a woman of a certain age. Now... More>>
Aging Bull Aging Bull
Ducking clichés, Clint Eastwood's underdog boxing flick rallies for a poignant final round
, December 07, 2004
Whatever French film critics may say, Clint Eastwood is no pure-hearted artiste—his favored working regimen consists of a thick, undressed... More>>
Spain's High-Flying, Deep-Sea-Diving Quadriplegic Poet-Hero Spain's High-Flying, Deep-Sea-Diving Quadriplegic Poet-Hero
, December 07, 2004
Based on the chastened life and hastened death of Spanish euthanasia activist Ramón Sampedro, the painterly biopic The Sea Inside finds... More>>
Los Angelenos Play Themselves Los Angelenos Play Themselves
Sour intercultural comedy pits a desperate Bel Air housewife against her hot Mexican maid
, December 07, 2004
Despite the cross-cultural harmony promised by its title, Spanglish never budges from its side of the border—or from its side of a Bel Air... More>>
Hack the Knife Hack the Knife
Spacey's creepy take on Bobby Darin's life
, December 07, 2004
A bizarrely misshapen shrine erected in memory of semi-forgotten crooner Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea may be the worst biopic of the season. But... More>>
Film Film
, December 07, 2004
Tom Kalin's 1992 low-rent, smooth-as-silk re-upholstering of the infamous flapper-age Leopold and Loeb murder case is aptly titled: It's as much... More>>
Film
, December 07, 2004
A dedicated voyeur at the human zoo, Dog Days auteur Ulrich Seidl was first a documentarian, and here's his 1995 keynote film, a disquieting... More>>
See The Sea
, December 07, 2004
A Jacques Cousteau quote, handwritten in a library book (Diving for Sunken Treasure), leads Max Fischer to Miss Cross in Wes Anderson's Rushmore.... More>>
Film
, December 07, 2004
The DVD-ization of Carl Theodor Dreyer continues apace with the release of this forgotten 1924 German Expressionist treasure, as antiquated by... More>>
Film
, December 07, 2004
Flip through the back-page ads of this paper and you will find that the business of sex takes myriad forms. Such is the premise behind Whore, a... More>>
Film
, December 07, 2004
Elf's Santa smelled "like beef and cheese" and Bad Santa's buttfucked. Every holiday film season sees the Santa suit thrown on some fumbler, and... More>>
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