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Culture Clash Yuks in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator The Dictator
, May 16, 2012
In his third collaboration with director Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the young, dumb dictator of fictional... More>>
Battleship: Because Every Generation Needs an Armageddon Battleship
, May 16, 2012
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that’s so utterly shameless that it achieves a certain grandeur. Peter Berg’s Battleship,... More>>
Family Ties that Break and Bind in Elena and The Color Wheel Elena
, May 16, 2012
Andrey Zvyagintsev's Elena is a tale of two apartments. The film is bookended by shots that look in, covetously, on a spacious chrome, glass, and... More>>
Parent Trap: The Narrow Worldview of What to Expect When You're Expecting What to Expect When You're Expecting
, May 16, 2012
Even though it doesn't have a story, characters, or setting, Heidi Murkoff's mega-bestselling, 28-year-old pregnancy manual, What to Expect When... More>>
Morgan Spurlock Scratches the Surface of Your Stupid Beard in Mansome Mansome
, May 16, 2012
'I think that men are having an identity crisis, but they don't really know it." So says "biological anthropologist" Helen Fisher, speaking in... More>>
Internal Affairs: On the Job with French Child Protection Cops in Polisse Polisse
, May 16, 2012
An episodic ensemble piece based on cases handled by Paris's Child Protection Unit, Polisse is a mutant beast: Imagine an entire season of Law &... More>>
Behold the Pot of Gold that is Beyond the Black Rainbow Beyond the Black Rainbow
Hits of the '70s, '80s, and today
, May 16, 2012
Achieving something far weirder and more resonant than the genre pastiche it initially seems to reach for, Beyond the Black Rainbow satisfies on... More>>
Hysteria Hysteria
, May 16, 2012
The origin story of a beloved bedroom gadget, Hysteria, set in London in the 1880s, proceeds as a tedious, clumsy diddle, constantly reminding... More>>
The Samaritan The Samaritan
, May 16, 2012
'Nothing changes unless you make it change," intones recently paroled grifter Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) in The Samaritan, a repeated mantra not... More>>
Indie Game: The Movie Indie Game: The Movie
, May 16, 2012
Following the pallid, sleep-deprived programmers who create entertainment on Microsoft's Xbox gaming platform, Indie Game: The Movie is an... More>>
Bill W. Bill W.
, May 16, 2012
The idea that addiction (drugs, alcoholism) is a disease is still scoffed at in some quarters, but what traction the once-radical notion has is... More>>
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
, May 16, 2012
In an old news clip that is played in the documentary Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, a newscaster says, "You can tell a lot about a people... More>>
Virginia Virginia
, May 16, 2012
Dustin Lance Black, scribe of J. Edgar and Milk, gets behind the camera for Virginia, a bonkers tragicomedy that blandly mocks the red-state... More>>
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
, May 16, 2012
Although originally released in Japan eight years ago, the New York debut of Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog is well-timed: It arrives less than a... More>>
Mahler on the Couch Mahler on the Couch
, May 16, 2012
During the late summer of 1910, a distraught Gustav Mahler journeyed to Holland to spend a single afternoon with a vacationing Sigmund Freud, and... More>>
Tales From Dell City, Texas Tales From Dell City, Texas
, May 16, 2012
The subtitle of Tales From Dell City, Texas reads "(pop. 569 and dropping)," but Josh Carter's multifaceted doc isn't strictly a lament for a... More>>
American Animal American Animal
, May 16, 2012
Bizarre, off-putting, and finally demanding of rubberneck respect, this fish-tank indie never leaves a rather lovely duplex apartment, occupied... More>>
Lovely Molly Lovely Molly
, May 16, 2012
The "name" connected to Lovely Molly is that of director Eduardo Sánchez, one of the perpetrators of 1999's Blair Witch Project hoax, a... More>>
Never Stand Still Never Stand Still
, May 16, 2012
In one of the clips of him featured in Never Stand Still, a rough history of northern Massachusetts's Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the late... More>>
Alex Ross Perry's Wheelhouse The Color Wheel
From the racks of Kim's Video, a 16mm devotee emerges
, May 09, 2012
Alex Ross Perry doesn't lack ambition. The Brooklyn-based director's first film, 2009's Impolex, riffed on Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's... More>>
Kicking and Screaming Kicking and Screaming
A week of testosterone-fueled action from After Dark
, May 09, 2012
Guaranteed to make most men feel woefully unprepared for a fistfight to the death, these five action flicks from After Dark Films—each of... More>>
Renior's Grand Illusion Just Got Grander Renior's Grand Illusion Just Got Grander
, May 09, 2012
Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion opened in an anxious France in June of 1937, as wars were going badly for the Spanish and Chinese Republics,... More>>
Under African Skies Under African Skies
, May 09, 2012
Considering that many modern-day music documentaries present an unerringly glowing portrait of the artist, it’s a pleasant surprise that... More>>
Vampires, All of Them: On Dark Shadows and God Bless America Dark Shadows
, May 09, 2012
A significant portion of Tim Burton's output over the past decade has been concerned with slipping the "Burton treatment" to susceptible texts:... More>>
The Downside to Reading in Bonsai Bonsái
, May 09, 2012
The bookish young lovers at the heart of the Chilean film Bonsái have cultivated an almost militant seriousness when it comes to... More>>
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