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Grace Is Gone

Grace Is Gone

There are bad choices made by characters in films that infuriate the audience, as nobody can understand why the people on screen would have any reason to do what they are doing. There are also...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2007

Hearts of Darkness

Hearts of Darkness

For a portrait of cinematic obsession and unbridled megalomania rarely seen outside of a Werner Herzog home movie, one would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying piece of work than Hearts of Darkness,...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2007

Margot at the Wedding

Margot at the Wedding

Eventually it may be that Noah Baumbach could turn into this country's answer to France's Eric Rohmer, turning out a steady diet of small, circumspect dramas about the lives and neurotic times of New York-era...

Movie Review posted on 16th November 2007

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

The flames from the bonfires around which the participants in Julien Temple's loving filmic portrait Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten helps bring something more to their faces and words than the cold glare of...

Movie Review posted on 2nd November 2007

Darfur Now

Darfur Now

Unlike when the genocide began over a decade ago in Rwanda -- when the Western world couldn't be bothered to lift its head from its own navel and figure out what to do -- the...

Movie Review posted on 2nd November 2007

American Gangster

American Gangster

There's something dead in Denzel Washington's eyes nearly all of the way through Ridley Scott's American Gangster, which takes what should have been a mesmerizing slice of urban historical grit and grinds it into roughly...

Movie Review posted on 2nd November 2007

My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That

There's little better that a film can have going for it than a cute child, and four-year-old Marla Olmstead -- the putative star of Amir Bar-Lev's studious documentary My Kid Could Paint That -- has...

Movie Review posted on 26th October 2007

Entourage: Season Three, Part Two

Entourage: Season Three, Part Two

It's next to impossible to discuss the HBO series Entourage without comparing it to the network's other series. You can call it a careerist fantasy that shows what the perfect life would be if one...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2007

The Orphanage

The Orphanage

In a towering and creaking old beast of a building somewhere in a gorgeous coastal part of Spain, an attractive couple on the younger slope of middle age pass the days in enjoyable semi-solitude with...

Movie Review posted on 30th September 2007

Trade

Trade

Good intentions may have killed more films than miscasting. The newest case in point is Trade, a human trafficking story that comes to screens with no end of good reasons for its existence. As specialists...

Movie Review posted on 21st September 2007

The Last Winter

The Last Winter

"This is the last winter. Total collapse. Hope dies." So writes an environmental researcher in a previously untouched part of Alaskan wilderness now being opened up for oil exploration in Larry Fessenden's The Last Winter....

Movie Review posted on 20th September 2007

In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah

Although Paul Haggis' gut-punch of a story, In the Valley of Elah, is the first truly great narrative film about the Iraq War, it only spends a total of maybe five minutes there. The rest...

Movie Review posted on 14th September 2007

Face/off

Face/off

It's hard to remember the whooshing sighs of disappointment from his fans that greeted John Woo in 1996 when, after so many half-steps and mis-starts, he made his big Hollywood debut with the stolen-nuke thriller...

Movie Review posted on 11th September 2007

Romance & Cigarettes

Romance & Cigarettes

John Turturro's dream project Romance & Cigarettes is a gutter-style jukebox musical with chutzpah to spare and which doesn't know when to quit. It's all here: Singing garbagemen! Catfight in a SoHo lingerie store! Hot-to-trot...

Movie Review posted on 7th September 2007

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

As the affably larcenous and willing-to-please foil to Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin has it easier than just about anybody on the show, usually having to do little more than spread his...

Movie Review posted on 5th September 2007

The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour

Since the inevitable comparisons have already been made between last year's Al Gore lecture on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, and The 11th Hour, Leonardo DiCaprio's dissertation on looming environmental catastrophe, let's go ahead and...

Movie Review posted on 19th August 2007

Manda Bala

Manda Bala

The most searing, retina-burning images in Jason Kohn's rangy, seat-of-the-pants documentary, Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), are in fact frogs. At a vast frog farm in central Brazil, thousands upon thousands of the slippery and...

Movie Review posted on 17th August 2007

The Simpsons: Season Ten

The Simpsons: Season Ten

By the end of the 1990s The Simpsons, the former enfant terrible of Rupert Murdoch's once upstart Fox Network, was well into its mature middle period of cultural acceptance. Earlier seasons (the first full episode...

Movie Review posted on 7th August 2007

James Ellroy: American Dog

James Ellroy: American Dog

Stalking around 21st century Los Angeles for the documentary American Dog in his driver's cap and Hawaiian shirt, crime novelist and professional obsessive James Ellroy looks at first like some retiree trying to find the...

Movie Review posted on 6th August 2007

Heavy Petting

Heavy Petting

When it was first released in 1989, the sex documentary Heavy Petting made good use of the counterculture's obsession at the time with naïve postwar cultural kitsch, mining the extensive back catalog of sex education...

Movie Review posted on 6th August 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum

There are actually three screenwriters credited for The Bourne Ultimatum, though it's hard to imagine what exactly they all did to earn their paycheck. "You don't remember anything, do you?" "It's Bourne." "It ends here."...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2007

No End in Sight

No End in Sight

Due most probably to the immediacy of the graphic image, documentaries on the Iraq War have focused on the experience of soldiers and Iraqis on the ground. Films like Iraq in Fragments and The War...

Movie Review posted on 31st July 2007

The Devil Came on Horseback

The Devil Came on Horseback

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, one very sharp idea was both thought and spoken by many who had truly comprehended the horror of the systematic attempted destruction of an entire people: Never again. At...

Movie Review posted on 27th July 2007

The Method

The Method

The reality television metaphors come flying at you fast and thick in Spanish filmmaker Marcelo Piñeyro's The Method, which provides for a lot of easy audience identification -- hey, I've seen Survivor -- but makes...

Movie Review posted on 8th July 2007

A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart

It's a sign of filmmaking prowess, and occasionally genius, when a director can hand viewers a scenario with a foregone conclusion and make them get lost in the story anyway. In A Mighty Heart, Michael...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion

Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion

Considering that the topic of abortion has, more than probably any other single political issue, framed debate in America for the past thirty-plus years, it as a subject has been mostly steered well clear of...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2007

Beyond Hatred

Beyond Hatred

An elliptical, moving film about a cruel murder and the agonizing road a family takes to get past its effects, Beyond Hatred is a fine kind of documentary that doesn't feel for a second like...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2007

Rescue Me: Season Three

Rescue Me: Season Three

In the first couple of seasons, Denis Leary's FDNY fire opera Rescue Me flung itself through windows and played out in traffic. It busted jaws, opened old wounds just for spite and made grand sport...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

Crazy Love

Crazy Love

The eyeglasses are horrible. As is the hair. She's loud, and her painted-on eyebrows twitch while she's nattering away at the camera, stopping only to light one of the lady-long cigarettes she chain smokes. You...

Movie Review posted on 1st June 2007

Thieves Like Us

Thieves Like Us

Those watching Robert Altman's 1974 Depression-era robbers-on-the-run film Thieves Like Us and looking for a Bonnie and Clyde-style antiheroic odyssey -- charismatic young lovers, blaze of glory, the whole deal -- will come away severely...

Movie Review posted on 24th May 2007

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