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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the venerable director's fourth consecutive film made outside of the U.S. (and more importantly, outside of New York City), is made up of scenes featuring well-spoken, awkwardly-placed rich people drinking...

Movie Review posted on 15th August 2008

Frozen River

Frozen River

In Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, two mothers begin smuggling illegal aliens across the Canadian border by way of the St. Lawrence River. One of them is white American, the other is Native American. The white...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2008

American Teen

American Teen

American Teen, the new documentary about teen life directed by Nanette Burstein, lends credence to the somewhat comforting yet completely ludicrous idea that teen comedies, from John Hughes through American Pie, have high school life...

Movie Review posted on 25th July 2008

Boy A

Boy A

The title of John Crowley's Boy A comes from a court case where two young defendants are referred to as Boy A and Boy B. Both murderers before their proper teen years, these alphabetically-labeled tykes...

Movie Review posted on 23rd July 2008

Mad Detective

Mad Detective

Mad Detective? You got it. Officer Bun (Ching Wan Lau) has a reputation, not unlike director Johnny To, for beguiling acts of self-torture to prove that he means business. When Ho (Andy On), his new...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2008

Lou Reed's Berlin

Lou Reed's Berlin

As the terms and bylaws that differentiate television and film continue to erode, the basic structural differences between the album and the mix tape have all but vanished with the tide. The last few years...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2008

The Wackness

The Wackness

Shrouded in the haze of a Manhattan summer circa 1994 and Giuliani's great push for a whitewashed New York, Jonathan Levine's very entertaining The Wackness takes the coming-of-age story and attempts to give it a...

Movie Review posted on 2nd July 2008

The Last Mistress

The Last Mistress

After years of lascivious experiments and audience-bludgeoning anti-romances, French provocateur Catherine Breillat pulls an unexpectedly engrossing and lurid film out of Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly's 19th-century novel Un Vieille Maitresse, the tale of a French dandy...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

My Winnipeg

My Winnipeg

My Winnipeg, the latest walk down memory lane from Canadian maestro Guy Maddin, flirts most flagrantly with commercial appeal and convention. This goes double for a filmmaker who has consistently burrowed himself into the fractured...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2008

The Mother of Tears

The Mother of Tears

The apocalypse is held over in Rome and, per usual, perennial schlockmeister Dario Argento is behind the entire thing. People are getting strangled by their own guts, women are taking butcher cleavers to their children,...

Movie Review posted on 6th June 2008

In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire

Clint Eastwood was a legend a long time before Wolfgang Petersen decided to cast him as an aging Secret Service agent trying to derail a psychopath who's trying to assassinate the President. But Petersen's movie,...

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2008

The Foot Fist Way

The Foot Fist Way

By the end of the summer, Danny R. McBride will be, if he isn't already, a bankable co-star on par with the likes of Rob Corrdry and Romany Malco. He's got some prime realty in...

Movie Review posted on 30th May 2008

Savage Grace

Savage Grace

Savage Grace, the new film from Swoon director Tom Kalin, attempts to dissect the early tremors of obsession and dependency in Antony Baekeland, the homosexual heir to a major plastics company, which overflowed when he...

Movie Review posted on 30th May 2008

The Children of Huang Shi

The Children of Huang Shi

Roger Spottiswoode's limp The Children of Huang Shi sounds, looks, and feels like a chapter torn from a dusty history textbook that was relevant somewhere in the mid-1960s. Every revelation feels like a lesson being...

Movie Review posted on 23rd May 2008

The Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven

Head-On director Fatih Akin turns his focus from the intimacy of a botched marriage of convenience between a lapsed conservative Muslim and a hard-drinking Turk in his previous film to The Edge of Heaven, a...

Movie Review posted on 21st May 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 20th May 2008

The Tracey Fragments

The Tracey Fragments

Jason Reitman's Juno did amazing business, turned Ellen Page into an overnight phenomenon and gave people (including this reviewer) an excuse to refer to their significant others as "the cheese to my macaroni." From such...

Movie Review posted on 9th May 2008

Frontier(s)

Frontier(s)

As a horror movie, Xavier Gens' gruesome Frontier(s) is all mechanism and little flavor. As a mechanism, it throttles, slashes, upchucks, and goes through the whole sloppy mess all over again with an almost perverse...

Movie Review posted on 8th May 2008

Battle For Haditha

Battle For Haditha

The new Iraq war film Battle for Haditha digs its heels into the cracked earth good and deep as if it was a communiqué from an embedded reporter in the field. It was directed by...

Movie Review posted on 7th May 2008

Standard Operating Procedure

Standard Operating Procedure

There have been two documentaries thus far that deal specifically with the actions taken by the group of military police that resulted in the infamous actions and photographs from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The...

Movie Review posted on 26th April 2008

Roman de Gare

Roman de Gare

Burdened by narrative congestion and a half-dozen false twist endings, Claude Lelouch's Roman de Gare (literally translated as Novel of Station) takes an unhampered approach to the literary thriller genre and in turn depletes its...

Movie Review posted on 25th April 2008

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

In his feature-film debut, well-regarded Chinese opera director Chen Shi-Zheng makes a strong impression with Dark Matter, the story of a Chinese cosmology genius invited to America to join the team of a legendary cosmologist...

Movie Review posted on 11th April 2008

Stalags

Stalags

Never less than enthusiastically fascinating, Israeli journalist and documentarian Ari Libsker's Stalags, about the pulp-magazines that depicted Nazi women raping American and European POWs, raises some mighty strange issues about the Holocaust and '60s pulp...

Movie Review posted on 9th April 2008

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Revolving around two members of a high school synchronized swimming team and their relationship with a petite, peculiar girl, Celine Sciamma's seductive first feature, Water Lilies, unveils its evocative fever-dream in the Parisian suburb of...

Movie Review posted on 4th April 2008

Flight of the Red Balloon

Flight of the Red Balloon

Paris (and France in general) tends to be a habitat seen in big sweeps and large outside shots, attesting to the ongoing American romanticizing of the City of Light. The Eiffel Tower looming large in...

Movie Review posted on 4th April 2008

My Brother Is an Only Child

My Brother Is an Only Child

Scripted by Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia, the duo behind 2005's commendable The Best of Youth, Italian director Daniele Luchetti's awkwardly-titled My Brother Is an Only Child starts off in a very odd place before...

Movie Review posted on 29th March 2008

Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run

Simon Pegg and Asia Argento are birds of a feather: They both have a preternatural ability to enliven even the limpest of cinematic propositions. Whereas Argento has a longer track record (xXx, Land of the...

Movie Review posted on 28th March 2008

Alexandra

Alexandra

Nothing much happens in the Russian art-drama Alexandra. A grandmother (legendary opera diva Galina Vishnevskaya) gets on a train to Chechnya to visit her grandson Denis (Vasily Shevtsov), a soldier living on a makeshift base....

Movie Review posted on 26th March 2008

Boarding Gate

Boarding Gate

Asia Argento plays a former prostitute cum corporate assassin who decides to murder her old flame in Olivier Assayas' wasteful Boarding Gate, and that's just about all I can say about the movie. Michael Madsen...

Movie Review posted on 22nd March 2008

Love Songs

Love Songs

Christopher Honore's Love Songs is an atmosphere of dalliance without any real characters to speak of. It's a light and playful story about sex and love but doesn't really say anything specific about either one....

Movie Review posted on 21st March 2008

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