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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

An honest-to-God, brawling, hooting, big ball of popcorn spectacle of a movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End fully embraces its ludicrous sense of summer season overkill without succumbing to the bloated tedium that...

Movie Review posted on 24th May 2007

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que tu lo Sepas!

Puerto Rico is a special case in American history, neither fish nor fowl, and so off the radar of the average citizen as to almost not exist. Taken as a prize in the 1898 Spanish-American...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Duck Season

Duck Season

There's something suspiciously After School Special about the premise of Fernando Eimbcke's Duck Season. There are children of an impressionable age and scenarios that involve them meeting new people, expanding their horizons, and generally opening...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

A good measure of how interested one would be in a documentary like ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway can be taken by gauging one's reaction to the following sentence: this film captures the tense and...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Casting About

Casting About

Casting sessions and tryouts have always held an inordinate amount of interest for some people, from HBO's Unscripted to A Chorus Line they've seemingly provided a dramatic manner in which to watch hardworking thespians being...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Paris, Je T'aime

Paris, Je T'aime

One would like to think that there at least a few other cities in the world besides Paris that could have inspired a film as varied in the types of cinematic pleasure so ably delivered...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

Planet B-Boy

Planet B-Boy

Just as the film world is gearing up for yet another cinematic event wherein Jamie Kennedy tries to get laughs out of being a white guy... who likes rap! -- further cheapening the currency of...

Movie Review posted on 29th April 2007

A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams And The Warhol Factory

A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams And The Warhol Factory

Do we need another film about Andy Warhol and the factory? The answer, on seeing Esther B. Robinson's A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, is yes -- sort of. Robinson's...

Movie Review posted on 29th April 2007

Jindabyne

Jindabyne

Although the odor of buried sin and some vast, encroaching punishment hangs over most every frame of Jindabyne, this is hardly a religious film in the traditional manner. After a disturbing crime, church and an...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

I Am an American Soldier: One Year in Iraq with the 101st Airborne

I Am an American Soldier: One Year in Iraq with the 101st Airborne

Most of what one would need to know about how a storied fighting unit like the 187th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division adapts to urban insurgent warfare is contained in a few telling scenes...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

Fracture

Fracture

It is hardly a reassuring sign when one of the more interesting things in a film is not even sentient. Over the title sequence of Fracture, and in the midst of some of the duller...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2007

Red Road

Red Road

It's a sign of the times that in a film like Andrea Arnold's Red Road, the presence of omnipresent CCTV cameras which spiderweb Glasgow, are controlled from a central command called City Eye, and can...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2007

Scoop

Scoop

Maybe it was just too soon. Maybe after coming back so strongly with last year's bracing morality thriller Match Point, Woody Allen should have taken a year or so off. Caught up on his reading,...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

Curse Of The Golden Flower

Curse Of The Golden Flower

A pageantry of pageantry that would put Bertolucci or Lean to shame, Zhang Yimou's The Curse of the Golden Flower piles spectacle upon spectacle, and tragedy on top of tragedy, until the whole contraption fairly...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

Sacco and Vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti

To some extent, popular movements and agitators rely on their martyrs to keep the juices flowing. History is littered with examples of causes that languished in apathy and obscurity until blood was spilled, whether in...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

The Return (2003)

The Return (2003)

There are films that go easy on the dialogue because they just don't have a lot to say: set a camera up in front of an actress who looks good pouting in existential ennui, throw...

Movie Review posted on 13th March 2007

Black Book

Black Book

Right around the time that the star actress of the Dutch WWII film Black Book -- in which she plays a Jewish woman cozying up to the Nazis as a pretend gentile in order to...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

Beyond The Gates

Beyond The Gates

The enormity of what is depicted in Beyond the Gates is hard to even comprehend, but unlike many works of art about atrocity, the film makes a good faith effort to bring it across with...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Overwrought metaphors are never a good thing, of course, though every now and again they can have a certain impact in the right piece of art, if used properly. One thing they don't do, though,...

Movie Review posted on 1st March 2007

Performance

Performance

Definitely not a masterpiece, but very far indeed from a complete failure, Nicholas Roeg and Donald Cammell's Performance is some of the best and the worst that the cultural ferment of the late 1960s has...

Movie Review posted on 28th February 2007

Starter for Ten

Starter for Ten

Using '80s nostalgia and the ever-reliable British love of embarrassment to maximum effect, Starter for Ten is that unusual coming-of-age comedy which manages to locate the occasional bit of funny amidst all the lesson-learning and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2007

Bridge To Terabithia

Bridge To Terabithia

One wonders if the makers of Bridge to Terabithia actually have something against all the people who loved reading Katherine Paterson's award-winning book as children. The original story, which deals with loneliness, isolation, and the...

Movie Review posted on 16th February 2007

Wah-Wah

Wah-Wah

The obvious risk with autobiographical films is that audiences just might not in the end be interested in the same sort of story that the filmmaker wants to tell about himself. So it is with...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Illusionist

The Illusionist

There's something in Paul Giamatti that was just made for the 19th century. With those slightly bulbous but penetrating eyes and stolid weariness, one can imagine him looking out of an old daguerreotype with hat...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Starting in the hot mess of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, reaching back to the 1930s and then hopscotching back and forth between those dates whenever the mood strikes it, the pleasingly complex espionage...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Monster (2003)

Monster (2003)

Thank God that Monster, the fictionalized story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, wasn't made back in the 1990s, when filmmakers just couldn't fetishize mass murder enough. Wuornos's story would have been "loosely adapted" so that...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple

Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple

One can make plenty of cases for the moment when the '60s died. Some claim Altamont, while others go with the Manson murders. But even though it came well after the decade was dead and...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

American Hardcore

American Hardcore

If punk took years to get its deserved kudos from the establishment -- though now enshrined as a marketable commodity, it was long shunned by shibboleths like MTV and Rolling Stone -- there's little telling...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Break-Up (2006)

The Break-Up (2006)

In most romantic comedies, some find themselves pining for the two leads to finally put their differences aside and reunite, slow dancing while an overused R&B tune plays in the background and the comic relief...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Comedians of Comedy

The Comedians of Comedy

The idea behind the The Comedians of Comedy tour - recorded for posterity in this tedious documentary - was to take a quartet of comics and put them on the road in unusual venues that...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2007

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