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, February 11, 2003
Pantaleón y Las Visitadoras Directed by Francisco Lombardi (Venevision, opens February 14, at Village East) Seemingly intended to... More>>
Our Old Friend
From Rent Boys to Weathergirls
, February 04, 2003
Lately upgraded from grungy indie stalwart to Oscar-baiting Hollywoodian, Gus Van Sant promises a return to austerity with his upcoming,... More>>
The Color of Paradise
Turn Back the Clock
, February 04, 2003
Vincente Minnelli's bright vision illuminates every frame of his elegant and civilized musicals. But his career was by no means restricted to the... More>>
Spook Easy Spook Easy
The Langley Burbs and the Latin Diaspora
, February 04, 2003
A rather insular spook procedural that hardly ever leaves the Langley suburbs, The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled... More>>
The Bachelorettes
World Enough and Time
, February 04, 2003
Any chick flick worth its serviceability rating needs a strong sense of urgency. The central hookup has to glimmer on the horizon, spark up a... More>>
Unnatural Selection Unnatural Selection
Evaluating a Movie Lover's Chances of Survival at a Topsy-Turvy Sundance
, February 04, 2003
PARK CITY, UTAH—For the movie lover—as opposed to the buyer, the seller, the sponsor, the flack, the star, or the... More>>
The Big Chill The Big Chill
Brats and Boomers Dominate Sundance Docs
, February 04, 2003
PARK CITY, UTAH—Albeit a reliable essential to veteran substance-seekers at Sundance, the fest's documentary lineup is never totally immune... More>>
, February 04, 2003
Zus & Zo Directed by Paula van der Oest (Lifesize, opens February 7, at the Quad) Holland's entry for this year's foreign film Oscar is a... More>>
Homeward Bound Homeward Bound
Futile Dispatches and Illusory Havens
, January 28, 2003
The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut invented the term "Imaginary Jew" to characterize those who, like himself, were born after World War... More>>
Being There Being There
Bartas's Lithuanian Pain and Gilliam's Rain in Spain
, January 28, 2003
A voice from the frontier of both post-post-industrial civilization and art-film reductionism, Lithuanian filmmaker Sarunas Bartas may be the... More>>
Mother Load
Evolution Girl Style
, January 28, 2003
The endless round of hectic obligations that often accompanies middle-class urban life serves at least one essential function—leaving little... More>>
Excavating the Invisible Excavating the Invisible
Recollection as Reclamation
, January 28, 2003
One of the first and most lasting impressions of Stanley Nelson's documentaries is that the pageantry, faces, and forms in his stills,... More>>
Sell it on the Mountain Sell it on the Mountain
Risky Business at Sundance 2003
, January 28, 2003
Park City, Utah—Dealmaking at the Sundance Film Festival is an annual pastime in Park City, right up there with skiing, star-gazing, and... More>>
, January 28, 2003
Darkness Falls Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Columbia, in release This is undoubtedly the first horror film to portray the Tooth Fairy (yeah,... More>>
The No Men The No Men
French Tough Guys and Russian Expressionists
, January 21, 2003
Being an immigrant import, the gangster is hardly an all-American phenomenon—except as defined by movies. He evolved from the silent... More>>
Gone to Seed
The Devil's Playground
, January 21, 2003
I. (ROSE)MARY Citing "the perverted use which the film makes of fundamental Christian beliefs and its mockery of religious persons and... More>>
Secrets and Lies Secrets and Lies
The Cleric and the Clerk Who Turned a Blind Eye
, January 21, 2003
How does one fashion art from atrocity's lovely bones? As the worst episode of the 20th century is endlessly represented, two willfully elusive,... More>>
Stateless Cinema
Palestinian Film and Oscar Eligibility
, January 21, 2003
Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention opened last Friday in Manhattan in a single theater (the Angelika), a limited engagement that will determine... More>>
Après, le Déluge Après, le Déluge
DVD Commentary, You Stole My Gal
, January 21, 2003
2002: the year of the expanded edition. While mass culture machines churned out spin-offs, replicants, and sure-shot franchise components, the... More>>
The Rebirth of Cinema
Susan Sontag's Notes on Japanese Film
, January 21, 2003
The first film series programmed by Susan Sontag in New York opens at the Japan Society January 24. Novelist, essayist, film director, and movie... More>>
Working Girl
Listening to Hitler's Secretary
, January 21, 2003
After 55 years of near total silence, Traudl Junge agreed to tell artist and first-time filmmaker André Heller the story of her life as... More>>
, January 21, 2003
National Security Directed by Dennis Dugan (Columbia, in release) A droll twist on the buddy-cop genre, National Security pairs two police... More>>
God on Our Side God on Our Side
, January 14, 2003
Divine Intervention, the provocative second feature by the talented Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, might equally have been called Human... More>>
Boys From Brazil Boys From Brazil
The Young and the Damned
, January 14, 2003
Sensationally sensationalistic, Fernando Meirelles's City of God spews like a magma jet. Mapping out the titular Rio housing project as it... More>>
Bride's Head Revisited Bride's Head Revisited
There's Something About Marry
, January 14, 2003
Another in a line of Dogme half-wits whose madness is posited as a state of tortured grace, the young wife in Kira's Reason is a woman well past... More>>
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