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A Primer Primer
What the bleep we don't know about the year's headiest puzzle movie
, October 05, 2004
The rare movie that can claim a kinship with Mandelbrot and Heisenberg, Shane Carruth's Primer won Sundance's Grand Jury prize as well as its... More>>
Varsity Blues: Gridiron Drama Comes Up a Few Yards Short Varsity Blues: Gridiron Drama Comes Up a Few Yards Short
, October 05, 2004
Vince Lombardi must be turning in his grave. Although Friday Night Lights takes a surprisingly unsentimental look at the religion of high school... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
After meeting Adolf Hitler in 1938, Neville Chamberlain announced, "Peace in our time"—a phrase that's become a code word for delusion.... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
In 1997, Miramax scored a minor box office coup with Masayuki Suo's Shall We Dance?, a comedy about a Japanese salaryman who takes up ballroom... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
Dubiously aspiring to be a Mormon variation on Saving Private Ryan, this dull, static war movie follows five Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
Essential post-war American cinema, Hope-Crosby-style mirror image of Fail-Safe, Rabelaisian Cold War slapstick—Stanley Kubrick's first... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
The 10th screen iteration of Les Liaisons Dangereuses moves the action to the lacquered mansions and flowering pleasure grounds of Korea's... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
Strained and somnolent, this sci-fi melodrama posits a near future where prenatal implants record everything someone sees. After death, these... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
In this troika of shorts, shot over six years and assembled into a low-thread-count omnibus, electrical engineer-indie-horror moonlighter Douglas... More>>
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, October 05, 2004
Do you ever long to recapture that childhood feeling of being trapped in a car with your family three hours after the air conditioner's conked... More>>
Labors of Love Labors of Love
They want to defy the logic of all sex laws: Auteurs tackle abortion and female circumcision
, September 28, 2004
The New York Film Festival used to be defined by its poster; this year, it's the poster-rific films. The two punchiest movies in a generally... More>>
Boy, Interrupted: A Troubled Artist's Cinematic Shock Therapy Boy, Interrupted: A Troubled Artist's Cinematic Shock Therapy
, September 28, 2004
A tale of overwhelming sadness and fierce histrionics hewed from a trove of Super-8 home movies, photo booth portraits, and answering machine... More>>
36-Hour Party People 36-Hour Party People
Thinking outside the box: First-time filmmaker reinvents sci-fi, tampers with space-time
, September 28, 2004
A repeat-viewing brain twister to file along-side millennial puzzle films like Mulholland Drive and Memento, Shane Carruth's Primer unites... More>>
Intensive Care Intensive Care
Mike Leigh revisits Britain's era of back-alley abortions
, September 28, 2004
LONDON—Matter-of-fact and heartbreaking, Vera Drake provides a stoic account of good intentions gone awry through the ordeal of its title... More>>
Family Viewing: Recycling Home Movies Into Wrenching Autobiography
, September 28, 2004
Audiences sampling the emotion-drenched autobiography Tarnation will spend an hour and a half with one tragic family's tale of mental illness and... More>>
Sympathy for the Rebel
Adaptable actor obscures an object of desire, clarifies a cultural icon
, September 28, 2004
TORONTO—Given his sympathetic, finely nuanced portrayal of the young Che Guevara in Walter Salles's The Motorcycle Diaries (in release) and... More>>
Girl Power Challenges Gender-Bending Restoration Actors Girl Power Challenges Gender-Bending Restoration Actors
, September 28, 2004
The screen adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play Compleat Female Stage Beauty takes many a historical liberty in yoking together the real-life... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
It was inevitable that Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate would ring the death knell, in 1980, for what has since been called the American new... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
In Macunaíma, cinema novo pioneer Joaquim Pedro de Andrade adapted a masterpiece of Brazilian modernism to reflect the simultaneous... More>>
Silent Discontent: A Portrait of the Jihadist as a Young Man Silent Discontent: A Portrait of the Jihadist as a Young Man
, September 28, 2004
Measuring the human impact of Pakistan's late-'70s turn toward Islamization, Silent Waters charts the disintegrating bond between a widowed... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
A sort of Idoru meets Spice World, Takashi Miike's 1998 J-pop jaunt congregates girl group Speed and boyband Da Pump in an effervescent riff on... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
The God-squad answer to Todd Graff's Camp, this after-church special finds chaste cover girl Hilary Duff playing a red-state songbird who, when... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
Not as snort-worthy as Backdraft, Ladder 49 is a serviceable testament to the firemen who would bravely risk their lives to protect the safety of... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
Dario Argento, the Visconti of violence, is back with an ingenious but relatively tame thriller. Irish cop John (Liam Cunningham) teams up with... More>>
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, September 28, 2004
A To Be and to Have with politicking replacing nose picking, Arna's Children documents the theater productions at a Jenin school where kids liken... More>>
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