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A treat for fans of western movies and anyone interested in myths of the Old West.
Posted May 30, 2006
Engrossing mix of horror, fantasy and stark drama.
Posted May 30, 2006
For the first three quarters of the movie, La Californie is a wonderfully old-fashioned French soap opera bordering on camp. Then the filmmaker spoils the fun by turning his movie into a serious crime story.
Posted May 26, 2006
The World Cup-winning god of French soccer, Zinedine Zidane, is brought crashing to the ground in Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon's ill-conceived documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.
Posted May 26, 2006
The film relies heavily on dramatic music for its thrills and some of the effects are a bit cheesy, but it appears to be so well meant that these flaws are easily forgiven.
Posted May 26, 2006
Najac purports to be a call to arms against globalization. In fact it is a celebration rather than a manifesto, a wry shrug at the contradictions involved in living off the land in the digital age, and all the more enjoyable for that.
Posted May 26, 2006
Bamako (2006)
Writer-director Abderrahmane Sissako is to be admired for not giving up on a film that features many African voices that do cry out to be heard.
Posted May 26, 2006
Avida (2006)
Much brainier than a John Waters opus, Avida eructs with deadpan hilarity through a series of nonsequential comic set pieces.
Posted May 26, 2006
The film fails singularly to provide any character worth caring about.
Posted May 26, 2006
Days of Gory makes no departures from previous war films, but the tensions between the French commanders and the indigenous troops -- and the conflicts among themselves over how best to respond to provocations -- gives the film its dramatic punch.
Posted May 26, 2006
Scene after scene of verbose fiddle-faddle: Characters orate at each other, while sitting in cars, sitting at dining tables, sitting in living rooms, sitting at office desks. The film might be better titled The Big Sit.
Posted May 26, 2006
The Break-Up (2006)
After a promisingly quirky start, Break-Up suffers a major breakdown from which it never recovers.
Posted May 26, 2006
A misguided blasphemy of "Bicycle Thief," downloaded through film-noir affectations, this Competition Entrant is morally specious and narratively nonsensical.
Posted May 25, 2006
Predictable and narratively uninspired, this Un Certain Regard entrant is unlikely to generate interest beyond its homeland.
Posted May 25, 2006
Mirage (2006)
Ristovski's debut feature is unremittingly grim and powerful.
Posted May 25, 2006
The movie slices through the cobwebs of history to seek the heart of the young Austrian princess whom 18th century political diplomacy thrust into a maelstrom of court intrigue and poisoned personal relationships without even asking if she minded.
Posted May 25, 2006
If you're going to spend 89 minutes with a wild animal, something about that character should engage or intrigue you. Nothing here does.
Posted May 25, 2006
Babel (2006)
This is not a fear-mongering movie, but it is unpredictable and shocking, with compassion hanging on for dear life.
Posted May 24, 2006
Flandres (2007)
Pretentious to the core and lacking any context or credible characterizations, Flanders juxtaposes bucolic scenes of life in a farm community, featuring a clutch of dim-witted rustics, with scenes of utter barbarity in an unspecified war.
Posted May 24, 2006
Il Caimano (2006)
A warm family drama pops through the seams of a film within-a-film about Silvio Berlusconi.
Posted May 22, 2006
These Girls (2006)
A rousing documentary on the street children of Cairo, These Girls is an agonizing and uplifting depiction of street survival at its most daunting.
Posted May 22, 2006
Kaurismaki's Finnish minimalism fails to enliven this down- and off-beat tale.
Posted May 22, 2006
A missed-love story with people you don't care about.
Posted May 22, 2006
Shortbus (2006)
The graphic sex is certainly inventive and enthusiastic but fails to shed much light on character.
Posted May 22, 2006
Brett Ratner has taken the reins, and though the picture is not without its wow-inducing, SFX-driven moments, that potent X-factor is considerably diminished in Singer's absence.
Posted May 22, 2006
Student friendships, success and failure make for absorbing entertainment.
Posted May 20, 2006
[The] overriding deceptions and flaws give ample cause for an early annulment with discerning viewers.
Posted May 20, 2006
Red Road (2007)
A tense and provocative thriller revolving around a past tragedy.
Posted May 20, 2006
Charlie Says (2006)
Complex and rewarding.
Posted May 20, 2006
Ten Canoes (2007)
An enchanting fable rich in authenticity and shot through with unexpected humor.
Posted May 20, 2006
Bug (2006)
It is smartly and convincingly fleshed out, at least enough to fit inside and burst the seams of generic dimension.
Posted May 20, 2006
The director has elicited excellent performances from his trio of young performers, who deliver unfailingly realistic portrayals even while their characters often defy credibility.
Posted May 20, 2006
[Eleven Men Out] thoughtful and funny characters, something that should give this droll drama appeal beyond a niche gay audience.
Posted May 20, 2006
Taxidermia (2006)
Tthose who reveled in such cinematic synapses as the eyeball being slit in Un Chien Andalou will gravitate toward this outrageous, and frequently hilarious, piece de film.
Posted May 20, 2006
Hormann provides a light enough touch to make the proceedings palatable, if not quite enjoyable.
Posted May 20, 2006
Volver (2006)
Richly entertaining fantasy from a cinematic master.
Posted May 19, 2006
An affectionate, comprehensive overview of Hollywood's blockbusters and bombs.
Posted May 19, 2006
Fast Food Nation is punchless.
Posted May 19, 2006
What is supposed to be a heartwarming comedy more closely emerges as derivative Capra-corn of the most obvious kind.
Posted May 18, 2006
Dragging along in a tedious rhythm of long-take, big-talk, Hamaca Paraguaya is a cinematic bust.
Posted May 18, 2006
Atmospheric but pedestrian.
Posted May 18, 2006
[A] pleasing jumble of stories about love in Paris.
Posted May 18, 2006
Princess (2006)
Morgenthaler views this business not only as a monstrously abusive exploitation of people and their bodies, but the height of anti-eroticism and anti-art that demands a complete emotional disconnect between viewer and performer.
Posted May 18, 2006
Lou has created a remarkable portrait of a headstrong woman and a generation of Chinese that still finds itself at a crossroads in that country's history.
Posted May 18, 2006
Bled is a finely observed slice of life shot in a low-key semi-documentary style. The latest in a run of French-made movies dealing with Franco-Algerian cross-currents, it speaks volumes about the conditions of life in today's Algeria.
Posted May 18, 2006
A jumble of historical myth, religious symbology and international thriller-action makes for an unwieldy, bloated melodrama.
Posted May 17, 2006
Stalag 17 (1953)
The good greatly outweighs the bad, particularly in the profile of Holden's character, a pragmatic, self-centered cynic whose heroism, when it is finally called upon, appears to come from deep within the barriers he has placed inside of himself.
Posted May 13, 2006
For anyone who saw Election, Johnnie To's masterful, modern reworking of the Hong Kong Triad drama and its mythology, Election 2 isn't so much a sequel as a logical extension of the story.
Posted May 13, 2006
Brasilia 18% ultimately succeeds as a good story well told.
Posted May 12, 2006
Plain and simple but never simple-minded.
Posted May 12, 2006