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Learning the Tricks of the Trade Learning the Tricks of the Trade
, January 25, 2000
Pretty Woman it's not. Stella Does Tricks turns an unsparing eye on the seamy, dangerous world of a teenage prostitute. Stella (Kelly MacDonald)... More>>
A Reborn Lama Kick-starts His Movie Career
Higher Goals
, January 25, 2000
Khyentse Norbu, director of The Cup, a sweet-natured, old-fashioned comedy about soccer-loving monks, has a pedigree his PR-hungry Western... More>>
Far and Away
, January 25, 2000
The most charming thing about Supernova—a frivolous sci-fi adventure set in the 22nd century aboard a medical emergency spacecraft—is... More>>
Nesting Instincts
, January 25, 2000
Near as any contemporary film has come to rendering the Rorschach inkblot test, Mikael Kristersson's Kestrel's Eye takes an expressionless... More>>
Side Shows Side Shows
, January 25, 2000
Citizen Kane was the movie that raised the artistic ante among American filmmakers—although, as Manny Farber noted in a piece called "The... More>>
Out of Sight Out of Sight
, January 18, 2000
Immobilized in his Greenwich Village apartment with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) amuses himself by spying... More>>
The Whitney Recaps the Avant-Garde The Whitney Recaps the Avant-Garde
, January 18, 2000
You may have seen that ad for the Whitney Museum's "American Century, Part II, 1950-2000" show, the one with the tag line "It's only an... More>>
Debating the Death of Cinema
, January 18, 2000
The "Death of Cinema" roadshow that Susan Sontag's Times Magazine essay set in motion in 1996 arrived at MOMA last week, in the form of a panel... More>>
Faulty Wirey
, January 18, 2000
Eric Schaeffer's first movie, the microbudgeted My Life's in Turnaround (1993), was a sweet 'n' low docu-spoof that deserved praise for just... More>>
Sins of the Father
, January 18, 2000
Andrzej Wajda's career has been inseparable from themes of Polish history. His new film, Pan Tadeusz, the Last Foray in Lithuania (did Mel Brooks... More>>
What Becomes a Legend Most
, January 18, 2000
The books and movies about long-gone bluesman Robert Johnson have been coming fast and furious, hellhounds on his trail, particularly since... More>>
Go Western, Young Man Go Western, Young Man
, January 18, 2000
MOMA's ambitious retro casts a wide net, encompassing 60 films ranging from Edwin S. Porter's landmark 1903 The Great Train Robbery to Jim... More>>
Times of Tumult Times of Tumult
, January 11, 2000
Somewhere in the forests of southern India, a prisoner is being tortured by the revolutionary cell he betrayed. Tied to a tree in the pouring... More>>
The Year in Underachievements
Hidekis '99
, January 11, 2000
Now in their third year, the annual Village Voice Hidekis were originally defined as toasting "non-achievement" in movies, and with their... More>>
Ron Shelton Hits Below the Belt
, January 11, 2000
Ron Shelton's new sports comedy, Play It to the Bone, suggests that the director's most successful blueprint—over-the-hill jock inspired by... More>>
New Digs for Ice Cube's not-so-Fresh Prince New Digs for Ice Cube's not-so-Fresh Prince
, January 11, 2000
It's the rare cash-in sequel that's worth the price of full admission, so it's no surprise that Next Friday (part of the minifranchise that... More>>
On the Township
, January 11, 2000
Notable if only for a lead performance delivered by John Lynch with agonized focus and intensity, Marion Hansel's The Quarry bears a striking... More>>
Watch Your Steps
, January 11, 2000
Wild Hearts in Strange Times, an hourlong telefilm featured at this year's incarnation of the world's oldest dance film and video festival,... More>>
Paradise Lost and Found Paradise Lost and Found
, January 11, 2000
In Philip Roth's Operation Shylock, an American Jew travels to Israel to promote Diasporism, a movement encouraging Jewish emigration back to the... More>>
Robert Bresson (1901-1999)
Remembering a Master of Precise Gestures and Cinematic Emotion
, January 04, 2000
A magisterial figure in world cinema, having made but 13 features over the course of four decades and influenced virtually every major European... More>>
Straight Out of the Everglades Straight Out of the Everglades
, January 04, 2000
Julian L. Goldberger's debut feature is a haunting portrait of a teenage boy busted out of reform school with nowhere to run. Buried in the... More>>
A New Director Rediscovers His Native Nowhere
The Milieu Runs the Show
, January 04, 2000
A still-warm slice of American heart-meat, Julian Goldberger's Trans does a simple thing movies no longer find easy to do: bushwhacks and bags a... More>>
Taking Cues from the Past
, January 04, 2000
A bundle of animated shorts set to famous classical music pieces, Fantasia hitched a supposedly lowborn art form to a high-hat soundtrack; Mickey... More>>
Distributing the Wealth
World’s Fare
, January 04, 2000
What do Chen Kaige, Nanni Moretti, Raul Ruiz, Alexander Sokurov, and Hou Hsiao-hsien have in common? All of these directors have been introduced... More>>
Nights in Havana
, January 04, 2000
Both the Cuban-Spanish coproductions in the Reade's "Love Letters to Cuba" program are simpatico and engaging. Fernando Perez's Life Is to... More>>
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