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Cheap, Raw Kitschfests of Yesteryear Spearhead Halloween Retro Cheap, Raw Kitschfests of Yesteryear Spearhead Halloween Retro
, October 19, 2004
Scary? The season's preeminent all-hallow'd series returns with another cache of obscure, semi-forgotten, and all-too-familiar genre... More>>
A Paella Western Revives Gunfight at the Outré Corral
, October 19, 2004
First they lost their empire. Then Spain saw a second golden age slip away when production shut down on the Andalusian desert that served as... More>>
Blood Work
, October 19, 2004
Shot for a rumored $350,000 in Ohio (with a few cutaway exteriors in California), The Manson Family achieves the lush, sanguinary atmosphere of... More>>
It's a Shame About Ray It's a Shame About Ray
Re-creating 70 years of a beloved pop icon's life, Taylor Hackford's gotta have a montage
, October 19, 2004
For 20 years or more America's most beloved blues wailer as well as its most thoroughly forgiven celebrity junkie, Ray Charles is a Hollywood... More>>
Freeze Frame: Stabs of Beauty in a Chilly Romantic Dystopia Freeze Frame: Stabs of Beauty in a Chilly Romantic Dystopia
, October 19, 2004
With It's All About Love, director Thomas Vinterberg takes the notion of love in a cold climate to apocalyptic extremes. Unlike most romantic... More>>
Sean of the Dead
About a boy: Upper East Side widow finds love with underaged object of obscure desire
, October 19, 2004
A solemn, thrillingly ridiculous exercise in circular logic, Jonathan Glazer's Birth begins with a death—and a birth. (Or is it a rebirth?)... More>>
Brain Dead: With Race Closing, Conservatives Go After F9/11 Brain Dead: With Race Closing, Conservatives Go After F9/11
, October 19, 2004
In effect a feature-length Bush campaign commercial co-produced by the Christian-libertarian director of The Hanoi Hilton, this desperate... More>>
Remembering a White Casualty of the Civil Rights Struggle Remembering a White Casualty of the Civil Rights Struggle
, October 19, 2004
This doc recounting the tragic story of Viola Liuzzo, the only white woman killed during the civil rights struggle, doubles as a narrative of the... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
A Reagan postmortem for those unsated by cable news's eulogizing lovefest in June, In the Face of Evil is so haphazardly put together the viewer... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
A candy-colored update of a Dutch TV series from the '60s, Yes Nurse! No Nurse! has an occasional from-Mars appeal, as the mildly cracked... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
With a title that's perhaps too literal, this modest Canadian debut feature examines the love triangle that forms among a silent-film professor,... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
The slasher subgenre was cloned into oblivion years ago, but rogue bone-pickers continue to churn out one-shot resurrections intent on tweaking... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
Running the gamut from stark social realism to character-driven comedy to purgative religious allegory, Maryo J. de los Reyes's Magnifico recalls... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
Swedish absurdist Roy Andersson's mortifying sensibility, found in almost crystalline form in Songs From the Second Floor (2000), can leave a... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
Like the current, seemingly never ending presidential campaign season, James Wan's Saw starts off incomprehensibly, turns nasty in a hurry, and... More>>
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, October 19, 2004
As partisan in its right-leaning way as Fahrenheit 9/11 and a good deal less forthright about it, Voices of Iraq comprises footage shot by Iraqis... More>>
Silent Majority Report Silent Majority Report
In a return engagement, Vietnam doc shows old war stories never die, they just MoveOn
, October 12, 2004
Not only the definitive American documentary about the war in Vietnam but a landmark political action, Peter Davis's Hearts and Minds (1974) was... More>>
Giddy Delirium and Spellbinding Mundanity in French Mini-Retro
, October 12, 2004
"Film is such a wonderful art," chirps Marilyne (Hélène Fillières) in Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu's A Real Man, one of... More>>
Known Pleasures: Another Sampling of Post-Boom HK Cinema
, October 12, 2004
New York programmers and movieheads can't seem to get their fill of the Hong Kong quintessence; up to five retros in the last 18 months have... More>>
Unstrung Heroes Unstrung Heroes
Jingo march of a marionette: Neutered of satiric drive, farce leaves puppet regime standing
, October 12, 2004
A would-be equal-opportunity offender, Team America: World Police sets out to skewer both hemispheres of the American brain—and mainly... More>>
Days of Wine and Neuroses: Bachelor Buddies Hit the Road Days of Wine and Neuroses: Bachelor Buddies Hit the Road
, October 12, 2004
Alternately irritable and irritating, the paunchy, balding Paul Giamatti is so spirited in his distress and so recognizably human in his... More>>
Play It to the Bone Play It to the Bone
Shadow of the thin man: Bale's method madness and goth-grunge ambience yield net loss
, October 12, 2004
Not least among its questionable achievements, Brad Anderson's The Machinist plays like a remarkably thorough David Fincher clip reel. Set in a... More>>
Re-Creating Nihilist Hippie-Punk Saga With Wicked '70s Vibe Re-Creating Nihilist Hippie-Punk Saga With Wicked '70s Vibe
, October 12, 2004
Toiling for years on the psychotronic fringes of festival culture, indie gore-meister Jim Van Bebber has never had one of his films... More>>
More, Now, Again: J-Horror Remake Keeps J, Forgets Horror
, October 12, 2004
Just as Gore Verbinski's The Ring did two years back, The Grudge seeks to cash in on a profitable J-horror franchise—this time sticking with... More>>
Film Film
, October 12, 2004
This documentation of the Scorsese-catalyzed 2003 Tribute to the Blues concert at Radio City offers a bumper crop of tasty bits. Performances... More>>
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