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The Unborn

The Unborn

In a world bereft of rationality, such as that of popular Hollywood, Odette Yustman could play the slightly-younger sister (or, heck, even twin) of somebody like Jessica Alba, and it's fitting that their careers seem...

Movie Review posted on 9th January 2009

Silent Light

Silent Light

In September 2007, New York art rock outfit the Dirty Projectors released Rise Above, a conceptual cover record consisting of 90 percent of the songs on Damaged, the legendary album from punk godfathers Black Flag,...

Movie Review posted on 7th January 2009

Cargo 200

Cargo 200

The lone indie release to butt heads this weekend with Edward Zwick's shallowly-scripted Defiance -- a revival of Nicholas Ray's lost technicolor opus Bigger Than Life not withstanding -- Cargo 200, the latest from Russian...

Movie Review posted on 1st January 2009

Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

Despite its blaring phantasmagoria and hallucinatory nostalgia, the central image of Ari Folman's utterly spellbinding Waltz with Bashir is one of brilliant, serene calm. Bathed in street-lamp-yellow glow, three rail-thin soldiers emerge from a starless-black...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2008

The Class

The Class

Based on the French best-seller Entre le Murs, which literally translates into "Between the Walls," Laurent Cantet's The Class casts the author of that book, François Bégaudeau, in the role of himself as a real-life...

Movie Review posted on 22nd December 2008

The Wrestler

The Wrestler

For those who have been following Darren Aronofsky's career since he broke out in 2000 with Requiem for a Dream, his latest work, The Wrestler, might very well come as a bit of a shock....

Movie Review posted on 17th December 2008

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

A prime specimen of American independent cinema unencumbered by overbearing social commentary, Kelly Reichardt's serene Wendy and Lucy finds more startling emotional honesty in the relationship between a young woman, her lost dog, and a...

Movie Review posted on 10th December 2008

Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

A half-dozen months after its 40th anniversary and just over a year after it's star's for-real-this-time retirement from acting, Stuart Rosenberg's Cool Hand Luke still stands as the quintessential cool movie, despite its reality. That...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2008

La Deuxième Souffle

La Deuxième Souffle

Le Deuxième Souffle was, when it was released in Europe in 1966, the last film to be shot by Jean-Pierre Melville in black-and-white. The French master's first color film was Le Samourai in 1967 and...

Movie Review posted on 19th November 2008

A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale

French director Arnaud Desplechin returns to the U.S. three years after his last domestically distributed picture, Kings & Queen, bearing a gift of another sort in A Christmas Tale. Seeing release approximately a month before...

Movie Review posted on 14th November 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire, which is based on the novel Q&A by Indian diplomat/novelist Vikas Swarup, could very well be the closest thing genre-hopping director Danny Boyle ever makes to a crowd-pleaser. It won the coveted Audience...

Movie Review posted on 12th November 2008

Role Models

Role Models

Role Models, David Wain's third feature as a director and co-writer, may be the first of the erstwhile The State member's films to actually feel fully-formed. Wain's first two films, Wet Hot American Summer and...

Movie Review posted on 7th November 2008

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is the latest film by Kevin Smith and, for better or for worse, it's the same movie the 38-year-old New Jersey native has been making for the last 14...

Movie Review posted on 31st October 2008

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

A heavily-favored selection at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In announces the most promising talents to emerge from Sweden since Lukas Moodysson debuted Show Me Love almost a decade...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2008

I've Loved You So Long

I've Loved You So Long

Novelist-turned-filmmaker Philippe Claudel's debut film, I've Loved You So Long, is a character study in the very strictest of terms. That is to say that almost everything in the film, from composition to narrative arc...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2008

Changeling

Changeling

Fit snug into the mother superior of self-reflexive roles, Angelina Jolie once again finds herself the eye of the storm in Clint Eastwood's epic melodrama Changeling. Armed with her thick, crimson lips, period duds, and...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2008

Woman on the Beach

Woman on the Beach

Certainly the most Gallic of current Asian filmmakers in his treatment of male/female interactions and dynamics, South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo comes one step closer to recognition with Woman on the Beach, his second feature...

Movie Review posted on 17th October 2008

Happy-Go-Lucky

Happy-Go-Lucky

Centered on a plucky, chirping elementary school teacher in North London, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky may, at first, look like a great diversion from the Salford-born director's working-class, kitchen-sink-realism directing style. All the dark tones, greys,...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2008

Ashes Of Time Redux

Ashes Of Time Redux

Six months after he went all gooey over America in My Blueberry Nights, Wong Kar-Wai returns packing a re-tooled cut of his indecipherable 1994 martial-arts whatsit Ashes of Time, now provocatively titled Ashes of Time...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2008

Blindness

Blindness

Fernando Meirelles' Blindness was adapted from the novel written by Portuguese Nobel-laureate Jose Saramago. The novel follows a singular woman who somehow goes uninfected when a sudden, freakish plague of "white blindness" strikes the planet,...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

Ballast

Ballast

Set well below the poverty line in rural Mississippi, writer-director-editor Lance Hammer's Ballast is the first film in some time that has attempted to bring Bressonian singularity and emotional depth to the American independent picture....

Movie Review posted on 1st October 2008

Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace is the seventh film directed by playwright Neil LaBute and it is, by a wide margin, the director's weakest effort to date. A domestic thriller built on brittle tension, the film brandishes racial...

Movie Review posted on 23rd September 2008

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

If you want to make money, you go to David Koepp. Three of the 20 films he has written are on the top 25 highest-grossing American box office list and another two show up in...

Movie Review posted on 23rd September 2008

The Women (2008)

The Women (2008)

Longtime Murphy Brown scribe Diane English dips her toes into bigger waters as she attempts to remake The Women, George Cukor's 1939 comedy classic that saw housewives Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell face off against...

Movie Review posted on 12th September 2008

The Go-Getter

The Go-Getter

Unless you're a Star Wars nerd, you've probably never set eyes on Martin Hynes. Nine years ago, Hynes played a young George Lucas in George Lucas in Love, a smart comedy short that offered the...

Movie Review posted on 10th September 2008

Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

A half-dozen months after its 40th anniversary and just over a year after it's star's for-real-this-time retirement from acting, Stuart Rosenberg's Cool Hand Luke still stands as the quintessential cool movie, despite its reality. That...

Movie Review posted on 5th September 2008

Reprise

Reprise

This review is an act of treachery. Not against my government nor my profession (any of them) nor towards my family and friends, mind you. This review is an act of treachery against myself and...

Movie Review posted on 1st September 2008

Momma's Man

Momma's Man

The utterance of the name "Ken Jacobs" might not set off alarms in the casual movie fan's psyche, but to any admirer of the avant garde (or survivor of 1960s Manhattan), you might as well...

Movie Review posted on 22nd August 2008

Hamlet 2

Hamlet 2

Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, a hot potato at this year's Sundance Film Festival which was purchased by Focus Features, takes nothing seriously and that should be taken both literally and pervasively. The humor has an...

Movie Review posted on 22nd August 2008

The Rocker

The Rocker

To be frank, Peter Cattaneo's The Rocker has about as much to do with rock and roll as a baby hippopotamus has to do with the Battle of Verdun.Rainn Wilson, the talented comedian and actor...

Movie Review posted on 20th August 2008

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