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Next to Godliness Next to Godliness
The second coming of Bergmania: Six takes on a Swedish master's spiritual investigations
, May 18, 2004
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY June 2 The first crepuscular salvo of Bergman's "God and Man" trilogy (all three are available in a DVD set from... More>>
60 Going on 69 60 Going on 69
Mum's the bird: An elderly widow chooses life—and sex with her daughter's hunky lover
, May 18, 2004
A dry-eyed account of an English grandmother's affair with a strapping carpenter half her age (who also happens to be her daughter's married... More>>
Bringing up Babies: Hudson Enters the Adult World
, May 18, 2004
The Helen in question (Kate Hudson) is a sunny up-and-coming rep at a top modeling agency with a cute walk-up apartment and ready access to... More>>
Searching the Workplace and the Past for Inspiration Searching the Workplace and the Past for Inspiration
, May 18, 2004
"The Italians are the new French," a film publicist recently told me. Was she referring to Italian cinema's current spirit of independence, with... More>>
Film
, May 18, 2004
This look at the lives of homeless young heroin addicts living in the nooks and crannies of Union Square does much to dispel the notion of drug... More>>
Film Film
, May 18, 2004
An unclassifiable film-school exercise—one part documentary, one part psychodrama, and one part mock manifesto—The Five Obstructions... More>>
Film Film
, May 18, 2004
ADORED: DIARY OF A MALE PORN STAR Written and directed by Marco Filiberti Wolfe, opens May 28, Cinema Village A bubbleheaded gimcrack with loads... More>>
The Scenic Route The Scenic Route
Seasonal bliss: A subtle Chinese chamber drama opens its doors to the beauty of nature
, May 11, 2004
Like the morning vapors rising from a river, a mist of unfulfilled longings veils the turbulence of Springtime in a Small Town, the exquisitely... More>>
Greenbacks Greenbacks
Fluorescent foam-rubber gargantua gets another consumerist howl
, May 11, 2004
For most intents and purposes, sequels should be considered a genre all their own. They are not, generally, "about" anything but their precursory... More>>
Star Trek Star Trek
Storm of a century: Ken Jacobs's outsize anthem of discontent
, May 11, 2004
To paraphrase the opening of his six-and-a-half-hour magnum opus, Star Spangled to Death, Ken Jacobs has got a lot of explaining to do. Why here?... More>>
Seeing Double Seeing Double
A Room with a different view: Digging through the trenches of the image war at Al Jazeera
, May 11, 2004
Every conflict is a contest of competing narratives—which is why the international Arab news channel Al Jazeera is an American bête... More>>
Facing Death: Cambodian Terror Survivors Meet Captors Facing Death: Cambodian Terror Survivors Meet Captors
, May 11, 2004
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine revisits the most extreme Communist regime to ever decimate a society—nearly a quarter of the Cambodian... More>>
All That Heaven Allows All That Heaven Allows
Superior Education, feel-good agitprop, a hell-raising Moore dot the Cannes firmament
, May 11, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE—If Cannes is cineaste heaven, as jury president Quentin Tarantino enthusiastically maintained in the 57th film festival's... More>>
After the Rehearsals: Bergman's 1982 Career Summation After the Rehearsals: Bergman's 1982 Career Summation
, May 11, 2004
Of the Art Film-era über-auteurs, Fellini, Antonioni, Godard, Truffaut, Kurosawa, and Buñuel remain potent currency in one form or... More>>
Film
, May 11, 2004
And that's not all: The grandmotherly concert pianist (Alicia de Larrocha, anyone?) is shacking up with a student half her age. Coming out was... More>>
Film Film
, May 11, 2004
Twist Written and directed by Jacob Tierney Strand, opens May 21, Quad Not the first gay version of the Dickens classic (and I'm not counting... More>>
Film Film
, May 11, 2004
Finished—or perhaps abandoned—after nearly half a century of work, Ken Jacobs's monumental, monstrous Star Spangled to Death receives... More>>
Film Film
, May 11, 2004
A cutesy tale of endless childhood love, this French romantic fantasy begins with eight-year-olds Julien and Sophie learning to cope with catty... More>>
Whack Drac Whack Drac
Dead and hating it: Atrocious accents and bad hair days in a Mummy-less monster mash
, May 04, 2004
Though Hugh Jackman is indeed somewhat lupine in aspect, this should no longer dictate his career decisions. One wolfen character—in his... More>>
They Build Horses, Don't They? They Build Horses, Don't They?
Could be verse: Brad Pitt's beefcake Achilles is a heel in a streamlined, digitized Iliad
, May 04, 2004
How did we get here? An Oscar for Gladiator, a few Brad ab crunches, and suddenly it's 1957 again, when the classics (or, at least, early-civ... More>>
Secondhand Smoke: Spilling the Beans in 11 Chatty Skits Secondhand Smoke: Spilling the Beans in 11 Chatty Skits
, May 04, 2004
Historically, you could do worse than think of Jim Jarmusch as the Dylan among America's current generation of spitballing-structuralist indie... More>>
Troy Story
, May 04, 2004
After novelist David Benioff saw Saving Private Ryan, years before he began screenwriting, he and his friends started talking about the best war... More>>
Split Decision Split Decision
A muddled doc examines the fight for school desegregation
, May 04, 2004
With All Deliberate Speed, a documentary by Peter Gilbert (who produced Hoop Dreams), aims to tell a story that has been lost in the many events... More>>
Tracing the Roots of Violence and the Rise of Sharonism
, May 04, 2004
Making documentaries about the Middle East, where political realities shift instantaneously, can be a tricky business. But Israeli director Ilan... More>>
First Person Plurality First Person Plurality
Some don't like it hot: Narcissism and celebrity at a doc fest
, May 04, 2004
TORONTO—Albeit relatively real, documentary cinema can't entirely resist the same forces of unnatural selection that determine whether Brad... More>>
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