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Infamous (2006)
Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?
Posted Nov 3, 2006
[Xavier Beauvois] is a clean and sure director, with a good selective eye: he knows where we ought to be looking at any moment. We can hope for more Beauvois films with worlds of their own.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
What remains most vividly after Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles, however, is not its story but its world--the immersion in that world of a foreigner, not a polo-shirted Yank but a stiff-necked Japanese. And it is all overseen by a Chinese director.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
(Director Oliver) Stone has concentrated on one of the catastrophe's stories and has fashioned it well -- with almost palpable physical detail, and with performances that never sink to exploitation.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
What (director Neil) Burger and his colleagues have done is to entrance us with a richly acted, beautifully produced story.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
Old Joy (2006)
About [Kelly Reichardt's] directing, after praising her simplicity, one has to praise her daring. To make this film took considerable conviction -- and, for an artist, conviction usually entails courage.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
This film by Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus forces us to make some decisions about him. For myself, I find him generally gross, in person and in manner.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
POV (2006)
The essence of the film is that [Kushner], with not a touch of evangelistic pomp, cannot conceive of life as anything other than a campaign to improve life.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
49 Up (2006)
The segments are so cleverly arranged -- [director Michael Apted] includes past pictorial references for each of the people we revisit -- that now there is something almost mystical involved.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
The film isn't dreadful: it is just generally disappointing.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
The Departed (2006)
Gabrielle (2006)
[Director Patrice Chereau] has drawn exceptional performances from his two principals.
Posted Jul 14, 2006
The only matter that interests is the question of Fiennes's presence in this political lesson for children.
Posted Jul 10, 2006
What is strangely transfixing about the film is our agreement, from the beginning, that the struggle is hopeless.
Posted Jul 10, 2006
United 93 (2006)
Clean (2005)
The chief pleasure in the picture is Nick Nolte's performance.
Posted May 12, 2006
Stolen (2006)
Despite the far-off locale, we soon feel surprisingly comfortable, merely because of the film's shape.
Posted May 2, 2006
Harron's work here is unclear in its theme or purpose.
Posted May 2, 2006
Iron Island (2006)
Iran's recent growlings under its new president make such a film as Iron Island all the more remarkable.
Posted Apr 21, 2006
It engages us from beginning to end without strong narrative, or narratives. It lives through the quality of Holofcener's dialogue and the performances that she has drawn from her actors.
Posted Apr 21, 2006
We hear all kinds of comments -- about personal satisfactions, dissatisfactions, rewards.
Posted Mar 20, 2006
Ang Lee continues to astonish.
Posted Jan 9, 2006
Syriana (2005)
Syriana impresses, not because it is very moving, which it isn't, or because it is crystal clear, which it also isn't, but because it is so large, so encompassing, so seemingly privy to inside stuff.
Posted Jan 3, 2006
Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.
Posted Jan 3, 2006
It seems quite possible that Me and You marks the arrival of an artist who may affect -- disturbingly yet helpfully -- films and audiences to come.
Posted Aug 10, 2005
Rosenstrasse (2004)
Rosenstrasse is again only a sad reminder of the earlier von Trotta.
Posted Aug 28, 2004
Deville is an experienced director, and he composes this picture very neatly.
Posted Aug 28, 2004
She Hate Me (2004)
Lee presumably had two ideas, one an exposé of pharmaceutical greed, the other a sex comedy: then he decided that neither one would make a film in itself and came up with the lame idea of combining them.
Posted Aug 28, 2004
Demme serves the picture completely.
Posted Aug 28, 2004
Ozpetek is an enriching director. More than a presentation of its contents, every scene seems also to be a distillation of the matters that led to it.
Posted Jul 21, 2004
Sometimes slipshod in its making and juvenile in its travesty, and of course it has no interest in overall fairness to Bush. But it vents an anger about this presidency that, as the film's ardent reception shows, seethes in very many of us.
Posted Jul 11, 2004
Troy (2004)
The latest in a very long line of films made to give us those things that other mediums could not provide.
Posted Jun 23, 2004
The film is a series of scenes, skits, episodes, that show two or sometimes three people smoking and sipping and conversing, usually in grungy places and usually improvising -- at least that's the intended impression.
Posted Jun 13, 2004
Control Room (2004)
For those who are interested in wartime truth, this film reminds us that the casualty has been somewhat reduced.
Posted Jun 13, 2004
Carandiru (2004)
Babenco has fashioned his film without polemic intent but with all the art at his command, which is considerable.
Posted May 26, 2004
Welcome to Yoji Yamada. After decades of comedies, he arrives -- in this country, at least -- with a uniquely touching samurai film.
Posted May 2, 2004
Spartan (2004)
Mamet's understanding of the essentials here and his skill in supplying them are not major achievements for him, but it would be wasteful not to recognize them.
Posted Mar 21, 2004
Combination of comedy and gravity is certainly common enough, but it requires a sure hand and perceptible intent. This screenplay has some neat touches, but it never makes up its mind.
Posted Mar 21, 2004
The two central actors, Joachim Calmeyer (Isak) and Tomas Norström (Folke), are instances of how to be interesting without being in the least charismatic.
Posted Mar 11, 2004
Osama (2004)
We are certainly entitled to marvel at its very existence, but that isn't enough. The work itself is extraordinary.
Posted Mar 10, 2004
Latter Days (2004)
Although a good deal of what happens is predictable, the writer-director C. Jay Cox makes much of it pleasant.
Posted Feb 18, 2004
The Return (2003)
A wondrous recreation of that physical adventure.
Posted Feb 18, 2004
Whatever the actors are given to do they make so delightful -- or so delightfully moving -- that Love Actually wins out over its wobbles.
Posted Dec 3, 2003
In This World leaves us with little more than 'Tsk, tsk.'
Posted Oct 15, 2003
Why was this film made after the homes had already been abolished? One reason, hardly trifling, is that it was made excellently. Thematically, however, it stings.
Posted Sep 3, 2003
Rudolph's past work has been spotty, but his stress here on familial sovereignty is moving, as is his direction of the three children.
Posted Sep 3, 2003