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All About My Father: A Son Tries to Finish His Dad's Secret Work
, August 31, 2004
This semi-autobiographical story of an affluent São Paulo stock speculator who loses his job amid the '90s market downturn seems at first... More>>
Señor Drug Plan: Doc Sheds Light on Dealer's Robin Hood Persona
, August 31, 2004
Marrying the melodrama of Behind the Music to the down-and-dirty reportage of Frontline, Colombian documentarian Marc de Beaufort's The Private... More>>
Film Film
, August 31, 2004
American cinephiles know Alan Clarke best as the director of Elephant, the film that provided the title—not to mention the formal and... More>>
Through a Looking Glass Through a Looking Glass
An expressionist landmark lights the way for an extensive retro of a silent master's work
, August 31, 2004
Silent cinema is the art form that died too young: "Not ripe for replacement," aesthetician Rudolph Arnheim wrote in 1930, three years after The... More>>
Obscured Objects of Desire: Lovers Couple, Double, Forget
, August 31, 2004
Set most emphatically in the House of Fiction, Danish director Christoffer Boe's debut feature, Reconstruction (winner of the Camera d'Or at the... More>>
Ruff Times Ruff Times
Pet project: A photographer's privilege-blinkered observations on a world gone to the dogs
, August 31, 2004
A corny hodgepodge of gooey sentiment mixed with half-baked mush and strained pieties, fashion photographer Bruce Weber's free-form canine... More>>
Another Activist Doc Offers Familiar Arguments, Recaps News Footage
, August 31, 2004
The election-year insta-docs keep rising like sunflowers from the Bush admin cow pile; this week, we have a Media Education... More>>
Marlee's Happy Accidents and New Age Neuroses: What the Bleep Do We Care? Marlee's Happy Accidents and New Age Neuroses: What the Bleep Do We Care?
, August 31, 2004
What the Bleep Do We Know!? dramatizes the sorrows of dour photographer Amanda (Marlee Matlin), pausing every few minutes so that a chorus of... More>>
Film Film
, August 31, 2004
When Will I Be Loved is titled with an unanswerable question. Does it refer to the movie's eccentric macho-ist creator, James Toback, or its... More>>
Film
, August 31, 2004
Though these festivals of short works both include Jojo in the Stars, British animator Marc Craste's near wordless tale of love between two Mike... More>>
Decaffeinated Action Star Exacts Revenge, Ducks Cameos Decaffeinated Action Star Exacts Revenge, Ducks Cameos
, August 31, 2004
Producer Mel Gibson's holy payback for years of photojournalist harassment, this cookie-cutter Cape Fear knockoff centers on Bo Laramie (Cole... More>>
Film
, August 31, 2004
You don't need 10 bathrooms when you've only got one ass, preaches this vapid, mildly diverting Labor Day BBQ–omedy about a middle-class... More>>
Film
, August 31, 2004
Unlikely Heroes joins a recent wave of Holocaust documentaries—best exemplified by Claude Lanzmann's brilliant Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4... More>>
Film
, August 31, 2004
If all the characters in Testosterone behave cartoonishly, maybe it's because the two-dimensional protagonist, Dean (David Sutcliffe), is a... More>>
Film
, August 31, 2004
This ain't no Gilmore Girls: Enid Zentelis's debut feature, Evergreen, tracks high schooler Henri (Addie Land) and single mom Kate (Adaptation's... More>>
Lost Highway Lost Highway
Relocating Simenon's road-rage marital spat from I-95 to France's rural heart of darkness
, August 24, 2004
Red Lights, directed by Cédric Kahn from a 1953 novel by the most prolific of crime writers, Belgian-born Georges Simenon, is a... More>>
Serial Killer, Psychic Detective Connect via Sign Language Serial Killer, Psychic Detective Connect via Sign Language
, August 24, 2004
Suspect Zero opens with a flurry of fancy footwork: The camera tracks through a garbage dump to close in on a single grimy milk carton and... More>>
Film
, August 24, 2004
The great French director Louis Feuillade (1873–1925) is the founding father of pulp cinema, as well as the original cult filmmaker.... More>>
Blonde Ambition Blonde Ambition
Portrait of a lady: Reese takes on Thackeray's social-climber heroine while playing herself
, August 24, 2004
Our culture of celebrity is such that, during the opening scenes of Vanity Fair, Mira Nair's exuberant screen adaptation of William Makepeace... More>>
Snake Eyes: Pointless Anaconda Sequel in Need of Anacondas
, August 24, 2004
In this nominal sequel to 1997's Anaconda, a half-dozen scientists go up a river in Borneo to search for the "blood orchid," the floral... More>>
Luddite Lovers Only Disconnect in Coincidence-Choked Thriller
, August 24, 2004
Despite its noxious intrusions into every corner of the public realm, the cell phone in the last decade has undoubtedly provided a boon to (among... More>>
Film Film
, August 24, 2004
If Iranian cinema still leads the Arab pack in terms of visionary sophistication, then Darius Mehrjui is its beleaguered pioneer, having... More>>
Torrents of Arabia Torrents of Arabia
Islamic severity vs. belly-dancing tradition: Fest honors Egyptian auteur and successors
, August 24, 2004
In the enlightening, if mildly patronizing, tradition of alt-film programming of third-world movies that are more exotic cultural expressions... More>>
Once Upon a Time in the East: A Chinese B Western Once Upon a Time in the East: A Chinese B Western
, August 24, 2004
Sony Classics' entry in the summer action import sweepstakes, He Ping's Warriors of Heaven and Earth, is a fitfully rousing but too derivative... More>>
Saving Private Lee: A Gory, Soapy Korean War Epic
, August 24, 2004
Literalizing the phrase "band of brothers," Shiri director Kang Je-gyu's Asian box office smash Tae Guk Gi gives the Korean War the Saving... More>>
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