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Village Voice

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Title/Year
Author
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Unconscious (2006)
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Room 314 (2006)
A pageant of white heterosexual encounters of the inconsequential kind.
Posted Jan 31, 2007
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If the film shows that few men are as unreasonable as Ralph Nader, it also shows that few have so succeeded in shaping their world: His legacy of progressive legislation will affect generations to come.
Posted Jan 30, 2007
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A Woody Allen devotee, writer-director Maria Maggenti hawks an insular view of New York City where poverty doesn't exist to illuminate the grotesque solipsism of her characters.
Posted Jan 30, 2007
5
Fired! (2006)
While 'maybe it's for the best' proved happily prophetic for her actor pals, those words of comfort sound more like a clueless bromide when you consider the 30,000 people laid off in Lansing after the film wrapped.
Posted Jan 30, 2007
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A vital look at Cuba's tenaciously grassroots hip-hop scene.
Posted Jan 30, 2007
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In the Pit (2007)
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Philip Haas's deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation.
Posted Jan 30, 2007
9
... make for gripping and confrontational viewing.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
10
Shockproof (1949)
A cheap 79-minute time-waster that's all business ...
Posted Jan 25, 2007
11
... toothless caprice ...
Posted Jan 25, 2007
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Becket (1964)
In 1964, the film's innuendo might have seemed daring; today it's close to ridiculous.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
14
Smokin' Aces (2007)
Self-important but not untalented, Smokin' Aces is tonally consistent from beginning to end, and, for all its bloody mayhem, kinetic nihilism, and jive minstrelsy, has a surprisingly light touch.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
15
... nothing but hot air.
Posted Jan 24, 2007
16
China Blue (2005)
... China Blue feels stage-managed at times, but the conditions of this 750-person factory are heartbreaking ...
Posted Jan 24, 2007
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Eraserhead (1977)
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Garrel is not just an artless aesthete, he is unexpectedly and intensely romantic -- imagining and realizing a character who can die for love.
Posted Jan 16, 2007
20
Mafioso (1964)
Alberto Lattuada's tricky-to-parse Mafioso dates from 1962 but, with its abrupt tonal shifts and disturbing existential premise, this nearly forgotten dark comedy could be the most modern (or at least modernist) movie in town.
Posted Jan 16, 2007
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In perpetual, almost pathological motion, Smith fills her Lower East Side home with sketches, sculptures, and people in preparation for an ambitious installation in Venice.
Posted Jan 10, 2007
22
Agnes Martin, who passed away in 2004, fills Lance's frame with confidence.
Posted Jan 10, 2007
23
Our eager-beaver heroine suffers the kids' sarcasm, fails to earn their respect by bringing in a Tupac tape, then wins them over in a crucial scene that, fact-based or not, rings as false as anything in Dangerous Minds.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
24
The performances in the film are so remarkable it's easy to ignore the implausibilities that surface. But even as its self-aware approximation of the doc format startles, Ever Since the World Ended lacks vigor.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
25
Predictable and overly busy, this sci-fi adventure should nonetheless appeal to game-savvy tots, especially those familiar with the source material.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
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As the voyeur manages to enter the Amy Show, Nicholas uses this ontological shift as the basis for a 'real' movie of his own, effectively liquidating the original premise.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
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Alpha Dog (2007)
If nothing else, Alpha Dog's worth a look for the performance of Justin Timberlake, the moral center of a movie sorely in need of some conscience.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
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Verdict on Auschwitz similarly juxtaposes archival footage and postwar material (both 1963 and 1993) to produce shocking eruptions of past atrocities in the context of an orderly everyday Europe.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
31
The documentary never finds the appropriate rhythm to match the severity of its subject matter.
Posted Jan 9, 2007
32
Black Christmas lacks the timing and visual wit to make its splattery EC Comics gags either genuinely scary or funny.
Posted Jan 3, 2007
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Three (2007)
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Chabrol creates an unexpectedly humane portrait of bubble worlds in collision.
Posted Jan 3, 2007
35
Alpha Dog (2007)
Director Nick Cassavetes has a blast with scenes of testosterone-fueled aggression (until it's time to repent), working the subwoofer in a way that'll surely boost DVD sales among boys with bedroom posters of Tony Montana.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
36
The movie's uneasy blend of symbolism and naturalism might have worked better onstage.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
37
Family Law (2006)
[Director Daniel] Burman's beguiling tribute to his Jewish father -- or, for all I know, the one he wishes he had -- is warm and deep enough to give humanism a good name.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
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Dreamgirls (2006)
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The chief problem with The Dead Girl, as with most current multipart films, is that the truncated stories don't give actors much room to develop a part. They're on-screen for such a short time that they act furiously from the get-go.
Posted Dec 28, 2006
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Miss Potter (2007)
Blackness may have lurked within the Potter heart, but you'd never know it from Miss Potter, which shifts the burden of ill humor onto the authoress's petit-bourgeois mother.
Posted Dec 28, 2006
42
Literally and figuratively marvelous, a rich, daring mix of fantasy and politics.
Posted Dec 28, 2006
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Everyone's a predator in this tale.
Posted Dec 26, 2006
45
The Painted Veil lifts Maugham's story clear of its prissy, attenuated spirituality, and into genuine passion.
Posted Dec 21, 2006
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The first half-hour's too slow; the last half-hour's too manic, as if to compensate. But at least it entertains.
Posted Dec 19, 2006
48
Chernick's documentary (and her subject) eloquently trace Barney's inspiration and intention in a way that naturalizes rather than neuters them.
Posted Dec 19, 2006
49
Even by the low standards of the young-jocks-as-good-clean-soldiers movie, there's little at stake here, unless you count the kids' hunger to win one for the Gipper.
Posted Dec 19, 2006
50
Approaching 85, cine-essayist Chris Marker remains as lively, engaged, and provocative as ever -- and no less fond of indirection.
Posted Dec 19, 2006