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Condensing years of filming down to 87 minutes makes every cut register with a pang of mortality: The temporal ellipses swipe away precious weeks and months in a flicker.
Posted Oct 10, 2006
In short, it would have been great if it had stopped, oh, 12 minutes in.
Posted Oct 10, 2006
One-Third (2006)
The sexual horror makes it difficult to watch at times, but a voyeuristic slant on The Divine Comedy sort of needs to be.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
Shortbus (2006)
As with Brokeback Mountain, though, it's not the sexual content that seems revolutionary; it's the mainstream friendliness.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
49 Up (2006)
For under-30 viewers who still think they're immortal, the latest installment could very well be the grimmest and most haunting of horror films.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
No mere Western-guilt-inducing harangue, this highly informative documentary by British brothers Marc and Nick Francis is a model of patient storytelling.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
POV (2006)
As with Henry Darger, coherence is beside the point; one just waits for the next baffling image.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
The Departed (2006)
Neither a debacle nor a bore, The Departed works but only up to a point, and never emotionally.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
An adequate thriller redeemed by Forest Whitaker's sensational turn as Idi Amin.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
Suburbia continues to serve as the dartboard of choice for filmmakers bent on demonstrating their urbane superiority to the dull denizens of tract housing.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The Queen (2006)
Whether or not Tony Blair actually saved the British monarchy, Frears has made it seem so and even worth doing.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Blessed enough to have drawn Gautier and Downey away from better-paying gigs, the kid hasn't likely failed to recognize his saints.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The movie wouldn't work without someone as nondescript as Heder, because you can buy him as a do-nothing, go-nowhere man; he's perfectly, wonderfully forgettable, appropriate for a movie like this.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Be With Me (2006)
Sometimes clumsy and dry, always sympathetic, and wryly interested in the impact food has on social intercourse, Be With Me is eventually affecting once its elliptical shape becomes clear.
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Broken Sky (2006)
Home (2005)
For such a poorly made autobiopic to earn a theatrical release, Nwamu must have some friends in high places.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Penn goes for larger-than-life, wrapping his pinched frown around an unintelligible Louisiana drawl and swinging his arms like an autistic evangelist.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Old Joy (2006)
Open-ended as it may appear, it has a crushing finality. For all the wool-gathering and guitar-noodling, this road movie is at least as tender as it is ironic.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Renaissance (2006)
It's film noir, with too much noir for its own good.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Rachman's montage is a frenzied, propulsive pull from here and there -- including not just an astonishing array of milky VHS concert footage (Black Flag in 1981!), but both Ronald Reagan inaugurations, the second of which seems to foretell the end.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
The film is alarming, endearing, and utterly unflappable.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Pushing the dull Cacho as a chick magnet capable of opening any pair of legs suggests that Cuarón's respect for women has gained serious ground since he was 29.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Flyboys (2006)
Among these combatants, you won't find much All Quiet on the Western Front-style despair, and the paths of glory are unsullied by doubt or disillusionment.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature The Science of Sleep is a wondrous concoction.
Posted Sep 19, 2006
There are moments when The Black Dahlia projects a spectral world, but its ghosts in broad daylight are elusive at best.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
Confetti (2006)
The movie manages to slag off beautifully on the honchos of reality television without patronizing either the form or the fame-and-fortune-hungry multitudes who queue up for their 15 minutes.
Posted Sep 14, 2006
Keeping Mum (2006)
Obvious, simplistic, and never funny, Niall Johnson's movie may be useful only as real estate porn -- Cornwall and the Isle of Man never looked so super cute.
Posted Sep 13, 2006
Patricia Foulkrod's film backs itself into a Support Our Troops corner, elegizing the soldiers. Iraqis do not figure in, except as bad memories.
Posted Sep 13, 2006
The film is most compelling for its suggestion of how politics and showbiz are at once incestuously entwined and, perhaps, irreconcilably different.
Posted Sep 13, 2006
With its outlandish stories, obsession with masculine ego, and focus on an absurd, forgotten subculture, A Cantor's Tale is the stuff Ben Stiller movies are made of ...
Posted Sep 8, 2006
... strangely flat.
Posted Sep 8, 2006
Tragedy, when it comes, does not involve us -- we're kept at arm's length through to the final retribution.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
Perhaps you are wondering why a little-known band called Rocco DeLuca and the Burden merits a glossy feature-length documentary of its whirlwind European tour. After watching Manu Boyer's film, you may still wonder.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
The movie rarely if ever crosses the border between familiarity and surprise.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
As a rhythmic cry for understanding, Man Push Cart has the simplicity of an Islamic hamd call to prayer.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
Filmmaker Glenn Holsten sells it to the cheap seats anyway, fleshing out Judge's alcoholic struggles and his redoubtable activist work with mega-dramatic gimmickry and sentimental hosannas.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
Red Doors (2005)
This David Leaf-John Scheinfeld production is not only poignant but even topical.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
Like its protagonist, Hollywoodland has an easy, sleazy appeal -- a languid descent into the mystery's murky depths.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
This wasn't a horror film the first time around, and LaBute makes sorry feints at effective creepiness.
Posted Sep 1, 2006
Renoir sought out balance and humanistic sympathy, reshaping the narrative so the thief (Jean Gabin) and the Baron (Louis Jouvet) bond over their mutual rebellion against the social system.
Posted Aug 30, 2006
An adorable, preposterous mutant film from the heyday of international do-your-own-thing moviemania.
Posted Aug 29, 2006