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Code Warriors
, February 12, 2002
It's hard enough to make a subject as unsexy as open-source software appealing to nongeeks. Harder still when the cast in J.T.S. Moore's... More>>
Bland Illusion
, February 12, 2002
Mixing two seemingly surefire genres—the P.O.W. movie and the courtroom thriller—Hart's War doesn't bother to compete with Stalag 17... More>>
Academy Fight Songs
, February 12, 2002
As mired in benign nostalgia as last year's homage/parody hybrids Wet Hot American Summer and Rat Race, Jay Chandrasekhar's dopey (in every... More>>
Spring Forward
, February 12, 2002
"We'll have hamburgers, but not morals or art," a man on the street laments, captured by Czech documentarian Karel Vachek's roving camera on the... More>>
Rotterdam’s Desert Storms Rotterdam’s Desert Storms
Tigers, Copulating Horses, Camel(s)
, February 12, 2002
ROTTERDAM—Surely the most unpredictable festival in the world, Rotterdam normally provides copious material for a critic, but the 31st... More>>
All Mixed Up
, February 12, 2002
There's a moment in Scratch, Doug Pray's new documentary, when you begin to feel the film accelerating from workman-like music journalism to... More>>
Conspicuous Consumption
, February 12, 2002
A gem of a Fredric Brown story runs, in its entirety: "The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door. . . . "... More>>
Let the Buyer Beware Let the Buyer Beware
, February 05, 2002
Genre films rarely sidestep rank cynicism and flimsy irony these days, but Jez Butterworth's romantic comedy-cum-caper flick Birthday Girl... More>>
Lady of the Lake
, February 05, 2002
Alzheimer's isn't the sexiest subject in the world, so you can almost forgive Richard Eyre for trying to sauce up Iris (now in general release)... More>>
Saltwater Taffy
, February 05, 2002
With the deaths of family members at its core—not to mention its Maine setting and Nova Scotia locations—A Rumor of Angels would appear... More>>
Unholy Wars Unholy Wars
, February 05, 2002
The obvious media hero of the Afghan war only got his 15 minutes on American TV in death. On September 9, suicide bombers disguised as a TV crew... More>>
Blood Simple Blood Simple
, February 05, 2002
It was Orson Welles, Andrew Sarris once noted, who "infected the American cinema with the virus of artistic ambition." It was also Welles whose... More>>
The Kids Are Alright
, February 05, 2002
"Come back a film star!" a ticket agent in Salaam Bombay! says to an urchin about to board a train for India's cinematic capital. Krishna (Shafiq... More>>
Gimme Shelter Gimme Shelter
Sundance's Real Deals
, February 05, 2002
Not least because reality checks are in such scant supply elsewhere, the documentary lineup at Sundance has long been a safe haven. Here the... More>>
Low-Budget Movies
Park City Real-Life Consumer Guide
, February 05, 2002
A full-on Sundance bender is murder on the eyes. After a week of playing in the sun and snow all day and watching movies all night (sometimes... More>>
Filmmaker, Heal Thyself Filmmaker, Heal Thyself
, January 29, 2002
Can movies be overtly therapeutic? Could they minister to our needs? Perform social work? How about filmmakers? Each in its own way, Frederick... More>>
Between Heaven and Earth Between Heaven and Earth
, January 29, 2002
Perhaps the most rarefied of working filmmakers, Alexander Sokurov may also possess contemporary cinema's most original vision. Feel free to... More>>
Behind Enemy Lines
, January 29, 2002
Andrzej Munk was among the most gifted avatars of the Polish new wave, which emerged from the ashes of a country laboring under Stalinist... More>>
Like a Surgeon
, January 29, 2002
Loners contains exactly three decent jokes, all stuffed in the last 15 minutes; whether they justify the secondhand setup depends on one's... More>>
Search and Rescue Operations
Losing the Plot at Sundance
, January 29, 2002
PARK CITY, UTAH—In Gus Van Sant's Gerry, two guys on a nature hike get lost, wander about, prattle on and on, search for something,... More>>
Harlem Renaissance
, January 29, 2002
Harlem is as mythic as Hollywood and just as rife with history, mystery, sex, violence, and portent. It is probably more synonymous with Black... More>>
Name That 'Toon Name That 'Toon
, January 22, 2002
Enraged, scurrilous, and angst-ridden, allergic to hypocrisy, morbidly spiteful, and naturally very funny, Todd Solondz is the movie equivalent... More>>
Freeze Frame
MOMA Shuts Down Film Stills Archive
, January 22, 2002
As the Museum of Modern Art breaks ground in midtown for its new $650 million expansion project, the powerful arts institution has closed its... More>>
Natural Ingredients
, January 22, 2002
What is it about food that makes films with ethnic-identity themes easier to swallow? Last year's Tortilla Soup was a fairly digestible remake of... More>>
Harlem Renaissance
, January 22, 2002
Harlem is as mythic as Hollywood and just as rife with history, mystery, sex, violence, and portent. It is probably more synonymous with Black... More>>
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