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Cruel intentions: Loser teens burst alpha girls' Plastic bubble Cruel intentions: Loser teens burst alpha girls' Plastic bubble
, April 20, 2004
Daughter of zoologists, bemusedly angelic Cady (Lindsay Lohan) goes from home tutoring in "the African bush" to high school in suburban Chicago,... More>>
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, April 20, 2004
The Clay Bird Directed by Tareque Masud Milestone April 30 through May 13 Anthology Much of documentarian Tareque Masud's impressive first... More>>
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, April 20, 2004
BOBBY JONES—STROKE OF GENIUS Written and directed by Rowdy Herrington Film Foundry, opens April 30 Sports biopics and dewy-eyed nostalgia... More>>
Not As Punishing As Dolph: Gothy Antihero Seeks Revenge Not As Punishing As Dolph: Gothy Antihero Seeks Revenge
, April 13, 2004
An amateur light opera of payback based loosely on a Marvel Comics icon, The Punisher earns faint praise where it can find it: As Frank Castle,... More>>
The Play's The Thing The Play's The Thing
Turning literature into confession, a so-called documentary goes backstage with Shepard
, April 13, 2004
The backstage drama is one of the oldest clichés in show business, but veteran trickster Michael Almereyda—he of the video-on-video... More>>
Demme's Stirring Tribute To a Late Haitian Free-Speech Hero Demme's Stirring Tribute To a Late Haitian Free-Speech Hero
, April 13, 2004
There are few current screen presences as engaging as the late Haitian activist and free-speech hero Jean Dominique. The subject of Jonathan... More>>
Codes Unknown Codes Unknown
In a revisionist samurai epic, tough financial realities trump the warrior myth of honor
, April 13, 2004
Destined to be overlooked and underappreciated, Yoji Yamada's The Twilight Samurai is a mature, revisionist, Budd Boetticher samurai epic. The... More>>
Rediscovered '60s Death-Row Doc Walks the Thin Blue Line Rediscovered '60s Death-Row Doc Walks the Thin Blue Line
, April 13, 2004
You may not be able to accurately tag William Friedkin's The People vs. Paul Crump (1962) a forgotten film—in most senses, it has never been... More>>
Mandela Anniversary Fest Takes on Apartheid, AIDS, and Afro-Cuban Jazz Mandela Anniversary Fest Takes on Apartheid, AIDS, and Afro-Cuban Jazz
, April 13, 2004
"I have two grandfathers," proclaims a Cuban poet in Casa de la Música, "one white and one black." Casa director Jonathan de Vries and... More>>
After The Rehearsal After The Rehearsal
Flirting with Disaster: Discussing Days of Heaven and Dylan classics with Sam Shepard
, April 13, 2004
When Sam Shepard invited me to make a record of his most recent play, The Late Henry Moss, I agreed without thinking through how complicated it... More>>
No Props: Movie-Mad Cautionary Tale Proves Mild at Heart No Props: Movie-Mad Cautionary Tale Proves Mild at Heart
, April 13, 2004
Like so many movie protagonists before him, the hero of Rhinoceros Eyes has a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality—no... More>>
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, April 13, 2004
A genre insurrectionary in journeyman garb, the Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku (1930-2003) only began to receive international recognition late... More>>
Film
, April 13, 2004
13 GOING ON 30 Directed by Gary Winick Columbia, opens April 23 Omigod, this movie's like the girl version of Big, with Jennifer Garner instead... More>>
Film Film
, April 13, 2004
A good programmer is a kind of matchmaker; the idea is to get the films talking to each other. Anchored by two found-footage classics, Bruce... More>>
Existential Heroism and Mild Revisionism in a 9-11 Alamo
, April 06, 2004
Each epoch gets its Alamo. In the beginning was the white supremacist Martyrs of the Alamo (1915), supervised by D.W. Griffith. Four decades... More>>
How Did Davy Die?
, April 06, 2004
The trickiest thing about any Alamo movie is sending Davy Crockett into eternity. The new Alamo is the first to provide Crockett with an actual... More>>
The Stranger The Stranger
Somewhere down the crazy river: A naked nihilist confronts being and nothingness
, April 06, 2004
Something lupine and predatory skulks at the edges of Ewan McGregor's screen persona, adding feral bite to his scrappy dissenters in... More>>
Testimonials Given, Streets Fucked In, Jams Kicked Out Testimonials Given, Streets Fucked In, Jams Kicked Out
, April 06, 2004
Poor MC5. Right from the start, the garage rockers' moniker commemorated a Motor City on the wane—a nod to the shop-rat life these downriver... More>>
Film Film
, April 06, 2004
Salvatore Giuliano Criterion Finally available for the everyday cineaste, Francesco Rosi's seminal career-starter ignited an entire epoch of... More>>
Ashes and Diamonds Ashes and Diamonds
The cost of freedom: New Polish filmmakers flounder for ideas and scrounge for cash
, April 06, 2004
In retrospect, cinema under Euro-Communism turned out to have a significant upside—artists were restricted and potentially censured, but... More>>
Stormy weather: Cloudy skies, murky plot, lots of waiting Stormy weather: Cloudy skies, murky plot, lots of waiting
, April 06, 2004
Getting off to a good start, A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End begins in the most medias of res: mid... More>>
A Bollywood Survey Mixes English Lit With High Camp A Bollywood Survey Mixes English Lit With High Camp
, April 06, 2004
In Bollywood touchstone Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The Braveheart Will Take the Bride), hellcat Kajol throws hissy fits as Simran, the South... More>>
Vengeance Is Hers Vengeance Is Hers
Ethereal yin to Vol. 1's visceral yang, Tarantino's epic ends in a breeze of sweet reason
, April 06, 2004
And so the adventure continues. . . . The second installment of Quentin Tarantino's bifurcated pulp epic builds to a satisfying closer as the... More>>
Nia Vardalos drags Some Like It Hot into the recycling bin Nia Vardalos drags Some Like It Hot into the recycling bin
, April 06, 2004
The phrase "written by Nia Vardalos" should send any self-respecting moviegoer screaming into the night, pursued by the comedienne's... More>>
Film
, April 06, 2004
THE WHOLE TEN YARDS Directed by Howard Deutch Warner Bros., in release An anemic attempt at Coen-style bodies-and-bowling deadpan, The Whole... More>>
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