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Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla turns 50 this year, and there is much cause for celebration. For the first time, American moviegoers get have the privilege of seeing this essential firebreathing classic in the fully restored and original version...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

A Star Is Born (1976)

A Star Is Born (1976)

Here's another nominee in the increasingly crowded category of Most Unnecessary Remake: 1976's A Star Is Born, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson picking over the bones of not one but three previous versions, most...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Life Goes On: Season One

Life Goes On: Season One

Life Goes On was a high-minded late-'80s family show that was scheduled as early Sunday evening counterprogramming to 60 Minutes. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone kept watching 60 Minutes, and the show never found a large...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade

Like his 2002 movie Twilight Samurai, Yoji Yamada's The Hidden Blade, set in the scenic mountains of northern Japan, is far more interested in samurai psychodrama than swordplay. The film features only one swordfight, and...

Movie Review posted on 14th January 2007

Class Of 1984

Class Of 1984

Although Class of 1984 is dated -- literally -- it remains one of the most fun and most gleefully trashy high-school-is-hell flicks of all time. Foul language, gratuitous violence, and tight leather pants abound, and...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

High Anxiety

High Anxiety

One of the reasons we film critics have a soft spot for Mel Brooks's High Anxiety is that its endless parade of campy Hitchcock gags makes us feel smart. "Oh, that's from Vertigo. Hey, that's...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Fandom

Fandom

The fact that Fandom has a cast list reveals right away that this documentary is actually a mockumentary, but it may be worth a rental if only to see how long it'll take your friends...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Wasabi Tuna

Wasabi Tuna

Wasabi Tuna is the kind of farce that won't settle for just one Anna Nicole Smith drag queen impersonator. It delivers four of them (including the inevitable Alexis Arquette), and naturally one of them is...

Movie Review posted on 30th December 2006

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

One of the sweetest stories of intergenerational friendship you'll ever see, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont will jerk a few tears and leave you feeling warm all over as it tells the tale of the...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2006

C.R.A.Z.Y.

C.R.A.Z.Y.

You wouldn't think that the family struggles of a middle-class Quebecois family in the '70s could ever be depicted as epic, but C.R.A.Z.Y. feels like an absolutely huge film. It's so full of larger-than-life characters,...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2006

Venus

Venus

Not since Harold and Maude has there been an intergenerational love connection as intense as this. In Venus, rapidly deteriorating 75-year-old Maurice (Peter O'Toole) is infatuated by the tough-talking 19-year-old country girl Jessie (Jodie Whittaker),...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

Poster Boy

Poster Boy

Poster Boy is an overwrought drama far more interested in making political points than in entertaining its audience. The story of an arch-conservative Senator whose reelection campaign is threatened by the potential outing of his...

Movie Review posted on 3rd December 2006

Time to Leave

Time to Leave

Leave it to fascinating French writer/director François Ozon to take one of the most tired movie cliches of all time -- "I'm sorry, but you only have a few months to live." -- and turn...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2006

Saint of 9/11

Saint of 9/11

Of all the images of September 11, 2001 that are seared into our memories, none is more moving than the photograph of Fire Department Chaplain Father Mychal Judge, dead in a chair, being carried out...

Movie Review posted on 30th November 2006

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez is a small-scale and elegantly understated look at one troubled urban teen's dilemmas and the equally tough challenges faced by the woman charged to help him. Spanning just two typical days in the...

Movie Review posted on 28th November 2006

Mrs. Harris

Mrs. Harris

Mrs. Harris is a made-for-HBO drama that stumbles in its attempt to cover the 15 years of events that led up to the headline-grabbing murder of noted diet doctor Herman Tarnower by his high-society girlfriend...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

The Fall of Fujimori

The Fall of Fujimori

If you're feeling dismayed about the state of American politics, here's a thought to cheer you up: at least you don't live in Peru. That such a small county has suffered through such huge political...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Late Spring

Late Spring

Legendary director Yasujiro Ozu is a filmcritic.com all-star. Do a search, and you'll find nothing but four and five-star reviews. That's quite a feat for a man remembered for crafting small-scale domestic dramas featuring understated...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Días De Santiago

Días De Santiago

What's the point of trying be good in a world that treats you so bad? For Santiago (Pietro Sibille), a 23-year-old veteran of the Peruvian military, life is pretty much a disaster. Returning to his...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

R-Point

R-Point

A Vietnam War ghost story? Why not? We're all haunted by that epic disaster, so why not channel our trauma through a grisly campfire tale? In this case, it's a tale told from the perspective...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

A Year Without Love

A Year Without Love

A Year Without Love is not for the squeamish or the conservative. A story about an Argentine writer's attempt to transcend the tragedy of his HIV diagnosis, it goes places that few mainstream films usually...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

When Ruoma Was Seventeen

When Ruoma Was Seventeen

When Ruoma Was Seventeen is a beautiful and bittersweet film, a coming-of-age tale that simultaneously gives us a small peek into the rapidly escalating clash between the Old China and New China as the huge...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Don't you just love a good film noir? Turn down the lights, pop the popcorn, and sit back. Those suits. Those hats. Those dames. Those schemes. Those big black cars. Those fatal gunshots that leave...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Hard Pill

Hard Pill

What if a gay guy could take a pill that would make him straight? Would he do it? What kinds of consequences would there be? While a setup like this is easy to imagine, it's...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Garçon Stupide

Garçon Stupide

You'd think that working in a Swiss chocolate factory would be a sort of fantasy job, but that's the first of many illusions that Garçon Stupide shatters. Just out of his teens and a creature...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

The Long, Long Trailer

The Long, Long Trailer

I am one of millions who worships at the altar of Lucille Ball, and I also happen to be one of thousands who also worships at the altar of Desi Arnaz, the real brains behind...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Sybil

Sybil

Thirty years have passed since the premiere of the groundbreaking television movie Sybil, and the release of full 192-minute version on DVD, along with a collection of interesting extras, is an excellent way to celebrate...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

With Chicken Tikka Masala, 18-year-old screenwriter Roopesh Parekh has penned a lively but vacuous mashup of My Beautiful Laundrette and The Wedding Banquet. It's a fun and sprawling farce that glosses over the heavy issues...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Le Grand Voyage

Le Grand Voyage

Imagine driving a rattletrap station wagon from France all the way to Saudi Arabia. Now that's what we'd call a grand voyage, and that's what Le Grand Voyage delivers, an extreme road trip unlike any...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

New Police Story

New Police Story

How many movies have been made about "the tormented Hong Kong cop?" Fifty? A hundred? It's amazing that such a large group of emotional basket cases can solve a single crime. And yet they do,...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

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