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Risk Management Risk Management
Gambling Pros and Mutant Superheroes Spread the Odds
, April 29, 2003
A bone-dry comedy, Richard Kwietniowski's Owning Mahowny is based on the true story of the unprepossessing Canadian bank drone Brian Molony, who,... More>>
Speaking in Tongues Speaking in Tongues
Don't Have a Cow
, April 29, 2003
Is alphabet destiny? "I am as American as April in Arizona," Nabokov once declared, those three peaks telegraphing love of country. In Jeff... More>>
Final Destination
The God of Small Things
, April 29, 2003
Like Satyajit Ray did with Bengal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan draws upon the history and aesthetics of his native region, Kerala. But where Ray's films... More>>
Buzz Babies Buzz Babies
An Open Page
, April 29, 2003
Of all the mind-control tactics used by high school teachers to mitigate the chaos of assembled hormone machines on every kind of jag, one of the... More>>
No Exit No Exit
Hell Is Other People
, April 29, 2003
Newly arrived at the beachfront resort that will serve as Skinner box for this by now familiar experiment in randy, humiliation-prone... More>>
Into The Outlands Into The Outlands
Central Asia's Lost Worlds
, April 29, 2003
For even the rangiest moviegoers, the notion that the newly emerged, ex-Soviet states nestled between China, Russia and the Caspian Sea—the... More>>
Far And Away
Great Bals of Fire
, April 29, 2003
Never mind Cannes in May: The Walter Reade's Central Asia show, a fresh detonation of Pacific Rim pop at Anthology courtesy Subway Cinema, and... More>>
Film
, April 29, 2003
Reno: Rebel Without a Pause Directed by Nancy Savoca Seventh Art, opens May 2, at Cinema Village A digital-video record of Reno's incisive 9-11... More>>
Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
Undivine Interventions From Cambodia to Chechnya
, April 22, 2003
Matt Dillon's obligatory shot at life-rafting his career with a sullen, self-directed quasi-indie, City of Ghosts radiates an old-fashioned... More>>
Foreign Correspondence Foreign Correspondence
Truths and Reconciliations
, April 22, 2003
From Long Night's Journey Into Day to Children Underground to Daughter From Danang, the nonfiction cinema supported by the Sundance Institute... More>>
Caught In The Act
So You Wanna Be a Wanksta
, April 22, 2003
Somewhere in the premise of John Whitesell's Malibu's Most Wanted—rich, pampered white kid adopts black ghetto persona as a way of coping... More>>
Last Resort
Teen and Not Heard
, April 22, 2003
With a sun-spotted approach evoking equal parts Dogme 95 and Go Ask Alice 73, first-time director Jordan Melamed's languishing 2001... More>>
Yesterday Once More Yesterday Once More
Queasy Riders Remember Old Glories
, April 22, 2003
People I Know, which might more accurately be titled The Al Pacino Show, features the irrepressible veteran star as an irrepressible veteran New... More>>
Film Film
, April 22, 2003
Holes Directed by Andrew Davis (Disney, in release) As they say in Twelfth Night, What's your metaphor? Andrew Davis's quirky Holes (adapted by... More>>
Rage Discrimination Rage Discrimination
Schools of Hard Knocks
, April 15, 2003
Few impulses in movie reviewing are stronger than the desire to pat the back of a worthy project. No surprise then that Jennifer Dworkin's... More>>
Making Luck
An Asian American Indie Becomes a Community Cause
, April 15, 2003
A surprise Sundance hit last year and the first acquisition for MTV Films, Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow is a stylish rumination on teen... More>>
Moods For Moderns
Creepy Cisterns and HDTV Virgins
, April 15, 2003
Front-loaded with sunny crowd pleasers, this year's "New Greek Cinema Festival" feels like an implicit rebuke to gloom-meister Theo Angelopoulos,... More>>
Taking Wing Taking Wing
Heights of Achievement
, April 15, 2003
Once upon a time, in a decidedly pre-Dogmatic age, Lars von Trier was an electrifying image-smith, and so it is that the 1987 version of Medea he... More>>
Pow and Zen Pow and Zen
Voguing Punks and Felonious Monks
, April 15, 2003
Sporting a title that could use a few more runs through BabelFish, Katsuhito Ishii's manga-maniacal Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl hits the... More>>
My Mother, Myself My Mother, Myself
Remembrance of Things Past
, April 15, 2003
"It was surprising to me that people saw this as a completely verité experience," says first-time filmmaker Jennifer Dworkin, recounting... More>>
Film
, April 15, 2003
House of 1,000 Corpses Written and directed by Rob Zombie (Lions Gate, in release) Four smart-mouthed college kids stop for gas, visit a creepy... More>>
The Finnish Line The Finnish Line
Dry, With a Twist
, April 08, 2003
The consummate people's drunkard-poet and architect of cosmic blue-collar doldrums, Aki Kaurismäki is also the most sanguine demigod in... More>>
Somewhere in Africa
The Sheltering Sky
, April 08, 2003
With attempts at cross-cultural understanding in short supply, Anthology's weeklong selection of films from cinematically underrepresented... More>>
Beyond The Valley Beyond The Valley
Neutral Territory, Global Voices
, April 08, 2003
Something of an international-cinema manticore—French head, German body, Euro-hobo tail—Swiss film culture has never projected a... More>>
Tell It Slant Tell It Slant
Speaking Spoof to Power
, April 08, 2003
With the exception of his blistering Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (at Film Forum through April 9), Elio Petri's work is barely... More>>
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