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Power Plays
, May 21, 2002
Three films made in Africa complement the 25th-anniversary celebration of DanceAfrica at BAM. Sia, the Dream of the Python and Nelio's Story... More>>
Le Chic by Geek Le Chic by Geek
, May 21, 2002
If Sofia Coppola's ethereal The Virgin Suicides lifted the weight of a burdensome family name off the first-time director, big brother Roman's CQ... More>>
Malcolm in the Muddle
, May 21, 2002
Malcolm McDowell's commanding presence as a sadistic ruffian in A Clockwork Orange and the teen rebel of If . . . established him as a major... More>>
Waiting Games
Requiem for a Dream
, May 21, 2002
The streets of Lima, Peru, are lined with tall buildings. Among the crowds who pass through their doors, how many know that the stones for their... More>>
Political Party Political Party
Waiting for the Big Ones
, May 21, 2002
CANNES, FRANCE—Hollywood ending? Not quite yet. "Thank God the French exist," Woody Allen's character exults when the movie he directed... More>>
Blind Faith Blind Faith
, May 14, 2002
Writer-director Henry Bean opens The Believer with a classy Latin quote: "I hate and I love and who can tell me why?" As its title suggests, The... More>>
Double Solitaire Double Solitaire
, May 14, 2002
Nick Hornby is a better novelist than he is a music critic, which admittedly isn't saying much, but his books do hold some artifactual interest... More>>
Between the Acts
HK's Fest Forges a Post-Colonial Path
, May 14, 2002
Hong Kong—Five years after the handover to China, the future of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is clouded by a mixture of... More>>
Reproductive Rites Reproductive Rites
, May 14, 2002
To answer the most pressing question first: Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), now a teenager on his way to becoming Darth Vader, does not do... More>>
Going to Extremes
, May 14, 2002
Overproduced and excessive, bedizened with Gaelic and Masonic symbolism, and conceptually ornate to the point of prog-rock pretension, Cremaster... More>>
In Loco Parentis In Loco Parentis
Dover Kosashvili's Pressing Engagements
, May 14, 2002
Dover Kosashvili denies that his debut feature is an indictment of the strict family traditions he grew up with as a Georgian immigrant living in... More>>
, May 14, 2002
World-traveling art-bohemia chronicler Peter Sempel calls Nina Hagen = Punk + Glory (at Anthology Film Archives through May 21) a... More>>
Viva Revolution Viva Revolution
, May 07, 2002
So lovely but so reactionary: What could be said of the boldly resourceful heroine of Eric Rohmer's The Lady and the Duke could describe the... More>>
Moulin Raj
, May 07, 2002
With audiences prepped by musical references in Ghost World, Monsoon Wedding, and Moulin Rouge—not to mention the occasional Apu-related... More>>
Beard Like Us
The Corrections
, May 07, 2002
The credits that open Janice Beard (Empire, opens May 10 at the Angelika) raise hopes that the great proofreading movie has finally arrived.... More>>
Under the Stars Under the Stars
, May 07, 2002
The inaugural Tribeca Film Festival offers a sneak preview of the box office hopefuls Hollywood will be rolling out over the coming weeks,... More>>
Beyond Belief Beyond Belief
Ryan Gosling's Leaps of Faith
, May 07, 2002
Ryan Gosling, who gives an astonishing performance as a Jewish neo-Nazi in Henry Bean's lurid pulp shocker The Believer (opening May 17),... More>>
Always in the Dark
They Lost It at the Movies
, May 07, 2002
Jack Angstreich has a problem. He's attended some 7000 film programs in the second half of his 32 years, but lately it's been hard to keep up. "I... More>>
The Gang Show
I'll Rumble 4 Ya
, May 07, 2002
Felled in 1951 by the Shot Heard Round the World, rocked hither and thither by World Series agony and ecstasy (damn Yankees!), and left for dead... More>>
Lyne Disease
Constance Craving
, May 07, 2002
In Adrian Lyne's newest Alliance for Marriage promo, the perfect couple's perfect child portrays a flopsy bunny in his school play, but this... More>>
Phantom Ladies
, April 30, 2002
A vintage year for film noir, 1944 saw the release of Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window, Otto Preminger's... More>>
Swim Back to Me Swim Back to Me
, April 30, 2002
For a culture in which the vision and craft of septuagenarians have never been less newsworthy, Shohei Imamura's buoyant, embraceable new... More>>
Mutant Strains
, April 30, 2002
A doggedly uninvolving slice of "stop and smell the roses" baloney that would do scare-mongering mommy warrior Sylvia Ann Hewlett proud, Stephen... More>>
The Upward Spiral
Are You Ready for This Jelly?
, April 30, 2002
Equal parts head-spinning comedy and sprawling ick-fest, Higuchinsky's Uzumaki (at the Pioneer) puts most American would-be chillers to shame.... More>>
Almost Heroes Almost Heroes
, April 30, 2002
Poor, misunderstood Spider-Man, the most alienated teenage superhero of the 1960s, gets careful treatment in the summer's first aspiring... More>>
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