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Film Film
, January 20, 2004
When Madstone Theaters backed out of plans to premiere this gay Mormon romance in Salt Lake City (concurrent with openings in L.A. and New York),... More>>
Triple Thread Triple Thread
Suite smell of success: a dramatic cycle so well assembled you can put it together yourself
, January 20, 2004
Shot all at once, interwoven like a Persian gabbeh, and released here in an unprecedented three-week sequence, the triple feature that comprises... More>>
Restaurant Celebrities Overshadow Brooklyn Restaurant Restaurant Celebrities Overshadow Brooklyn Restaurant
, January 20, 2004
Eat This New York is a film about a pair of likable bumblers from St. Paul who, early in 2001, set out to open a hipster restaurant in... More>>
The Princeton Review The Princeton Review
Real teen movies have bell curves
, January 20, 2004
In the underachieving teen-heist flick The Perfect Score, six high school seniors, who span the GPA and class-rank spectrum, try to spirit the... More>>
Risky Business Risky Business
Young executives keep cinephilia alive in the indie film industry's post-bust recovery
, January 13, 2004
Market watchers called 2003 a rebound year. But tell that to the ailing film industry, which faced its first downturn since 1991, with... More>>
Legally Conned: Soap Opera Star Impersonates Matinee Idol Legally Conned: Soap Opera Star Impersonates Matinee Idol
, January 13, 2004
First glimpsed giving an unbearably smarmy performance, Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel), it's clear from the outset, might as well be called Cad... More>>
Film Film
, January 13, 2004
A rriving on the heels of the "year of the documentary" and the Queer Eye-inspired valence of "the makeover" as gateway to self-actualization,... More>>
Honey, I Punk'd the Shrinks Honey, I Punk'd the Shrinks
Secret lives of therapists: Meta-documentary ponders the art and craft of psychoanalysis
, January 13, 2004
Empathy, Amie Siegel's seriously playful essay on the art and craft of psychoanalysis, opens with a close-up of a commanding, if unoccupied,... More>>
A Sultry Silent-Screen Star Is Finally Ready For Her Close-Up
, January 13, 2004
You needn't be a shrink to understand the appeal of the beautiful Chinese American actress and sometime siren Anna May Wong (1905-61). The real... More>>
Film Film
, January 13, 2004
Fate has decreed Anna May Wong the subject of two new books, each filled with fascinating material and both convincingly characterizing the... More>>
Winged Migration Winged Migration
New time-travel technology perfected: Ashton Kutcher discovers the magic of reading
, January 13, 2004
The logistics of time travel remains one of science fiction's great challenges. The thrill of tampering with the past or peering into the future... More>>
Film
, January 13, 2004
First-time director Joseph Kahn, known for his flashy music videos (he won a Moonman for Eminem's "Without Me"), gets an opportunity to bring his... More>>
Mission Impossible Mission Impossible
A white-knuckle ride toward a taut, gripping cliff-hanger in a tense psychological thriller!!!
, January 13, 2004
In 1985, British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates scaled the 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, becoming the first men to... More>>
Thinking Outside The Cage: Sound With and Against Image Thinking Outside The Cage: Sound With and Against Image
, January 13, 2004
One would naturally look to film to enshrine a world-class 20th-century thinker as influential as composer John Cage. Yet many attempts to have... More>>
Now I Wanna Be Your Dog Now I Wanna Be Your Dog
Parents won't feel Von Trapped in snarky toon
, January 13, 2004
Fueled by knowing in-jokes, sitcom-familiar voice talent, and illustrator Gary Baseman's endearingly retro, cutesy-gross milieu, Teacher's Pet... More>>
The Invisible Man The Invisible Man
A Tehran pizza delivery boy gives an indelible performance in a humanist anti-blockbuster
, January 06, 2004
Bleary and hungover from the endless blather of the annual Top 10 ritual, I find it bracing to review a movie that might well end up among the 10... More>>
Ford-Inspired Anime Recasts John Wayne as Turbaned Trannie Ford-Inspired Anime Recasts John Wayne as Turbaned Trannie
, January 06, 2004
Awelcome exercise in anime weirdness, Satoshi Kon's boldly morose Tokyo Godfathers has a yakuza-fest title, but in fact transposes John Ford's... More>>
The Searchers The Searchers
Ethiopian Jews, Holocaust survivors, Lacanian psychobabblers, and a downtown bra shop
, January 06, 2004
Journeys undertaken for the purpose of survival, spiritual enlightenment, or a better bra fit form the core of this year's New York Jewish Film... More>>
Anita Mui, 1963-2003
, January 06, 2004
The divas are dead. Two of Hong Kong's most theatrical, most popular, most outrageously sexual stars won't be around to ring in the Chinese New... More>>
8 Simple Rules for Babysitting the President's Daughter 8 Simple Rules for Babysitting the President's Daughter
, January 06, 2004
X-tina's been stripped of all good-girl pretense, and Britney's now the queen of the shotgun annulment. Hilary, Ashley, and Mary-Kate are still... More>>
Native Son Native Son
The slaughter rule: Imperialist lynch mob plays follow-the-leader in Australian outback.
, January 06, 2004
It's been a quarter-century or so since Australian movies began, with The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, to seriously contemplate the scorched earth... More>>
Courtship as Obstacle Course: Ben Stiller Flirts With Disaster Again Courtship as Obstacle Course: Ben Stiller Flirts With Disaster Again
, January 06, 2004
The Ben Stiller romantic comedy is by now a genre unto itself—one premised on pain, humiliation, and the star's endearing masochism.... More>>
Tracking Shot Tracking Shot
, January 06, 2004
Memories of Duke director Gary Keys's doc is an odd blend of passionate performance footage and maddeningly shallow analysis of Cuba's music and... More>>
Battle Cries Battle Cries
Fifty years on, a guerrilla leader revisits the fight of his life
, January 06, 2004
It's been almost 50 years since Saadi Yacef, revolutionary hero of the Algerian war of independence, leapt across the terraces of the casbah in... More>>
Tracking Shot
, January 06, 2004
Homies can make good hubbies, goes the moral of this January dump job, a tired send-up of hip-hop-isms that also aspires to be a Waiting to... More>>
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