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Black August (2007)
"A searing and earnest drama delving into the tragic, short life of the late George Jackson, sixties US political prisoner, LA Black Panther spiritual and intellectual guiding force, and fierce leader within the Black prison movement."
10 Items or Less (2006)
"A Hollywood hotshot played by Morgan Freeman, befriends a supermarket cashier just so he can get familiar enough with acting like somebody poor, to get into character for his next movie, and the effort fails miserably."
"This slice of quirky life story about a classy, unattainable suit in a store window, is one classy movie as well, ennobling its host of eccentric and tragic, yet determined and struggling, vividly realized characters."
Desert Bayou (2007)
Golda's Balcony (2007)
"This shamelessly uncritical view of Golda, her world perspective, and the period of Middle Eastern history over which she presided as a major player, confuses the protagonist's point of view with the reality. Grandmother or godfather?"
Out of the Blue (Aramoana) (2007)
"A disturbing, mesmerizing thriller, recounting the real life plight of a remote coastal New Zealand village in the grip of a nearly invisible, deadly force, eccentric and angry recluse turned serial killer, David Gray."
The Winter Guest (1997)
"The bottom line is acting out sexual urges and fantasies normally acceptable only in male characters, as the actress philosophizes with an assortment of cocks, determined to 'rape myself,' in a clinical orgy with a roomful of aspiring young gynecologists."
Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2007)
"A lone voice caught in solo flight, the results range from hypnotic and eloquent to infuriatingly arrogant and self-indulgent. But somewhere in between are glimpses of a transient soul passing through a painful planet, seeking an elusive Nirvana."
"Much more than just your basic sadistic horror thriller, The Girl Next Door redefines the notion of guilty pleasure as raw and potent allegory, and corrective to the US culture of conformist collective complicity."
Cowboy del Amor (2006)
"One would anticipate the crafting of a sinister satire here, but the film is dead serious and overidentified with Cowboy Cupid's boastful, smirking posturing. A camera in the hand of a director should be more than just a piece of surveillance equipment."
Giuliani Time (2006)
"Keating makes the case that a Giuliani presidency would be an exceedingly bad idea, juxtaposing the politician's public persona and veneer of fake charm, with his vicious dark side that periodically peers through."
Why We Fight (2006)
"While this misleading doc lauds neo-conquistador Eisenhower for coining and anticipating the military industrial complex, let's not forget how he propagated something else - the CIA extra-legal tactic of target assassinations."
"The director happens to know the often maligned subject of mental illness well from his own childhood as the son of a psychotic mother, and he embraces it with genuine feeling, emotional spontaneity and absence of consciously formulated dramatic pretense."
Strange Culture (2007)
"A timely wakeup call - Kurtz's own '5/11' as he terms his personal nightmare - to remind us just how dangerous and threatening the terrorism of the US government is right now, towards its own people."
Shadow Company (2007)
"This documentary touching on both the historical evolution and contemporary phenomenon of mercenaries feels uncomfortably like a promotional campaign for private security firms, as they're more euphemistically termed."
"Masterfully focuses a keen eye on the misogynistic convergence of entrenched private emotional exploitation of women, and their objectification in public entertainment. Bravo, Claude, a rare man in profound touch with the darker impulses of his species."
DOA: Dead or Alive (2007)
"A metaphorical training bra for ogling boys - along with second childhood Dirty Old Aged men - DOA gives new meaning to females hooking up and hanging out, when it comes to airborne upper body intimate wear and its gravity defying plastic contents alike"
The Lives of Others (2006)
"The Lives Of Others' obedient, obsessed spy in an exceedingly odd sense may have much more of a handle on the lives of others than, say, the filmmaker, who himself was around six years old at that time period of the former GDR."
"A luminous, epic dreamscape, reimagining a decaying lost paradise from whose destructive core a buoyant redemptive unshackled political consciousness and redefined, aroused sisterhood rise from the ashes of repressive patriarchy."
Monde Vivant (2003)
Fierce People (2005)
"The inspired dark humor here is that the tongue in cheek anthropological study of a strange and intimidating leisure class tribe, is exactly what this encounter with these pampered alien creatures inhabiting a gilded jungle turns out to be."
"Bothersome Man is a stark yet strangely lyrical, multi-layered dirge for the absurdity of human fate in the face of figuratively deadening social conformity, and on the other hand, literal mortality."
Homie Spumoni (2006)
Antonia (Antônia - O Filme) (2007)
Self Medicated (2006)
"Lapica has based the story on his own personal struggle to survive a troubled Vegas adolescence intact, and the skilled assurance and confidence of his first film imparts a seriousness and depth way beyond his years."
Katrina Experience (2006)
"Central to an expression of new female South African pride, is the lovely Pauline Malefane as Carmen, whose astonishing vocal power embodies both feminine grace and charm, along with bold, militant proletarian fire."
"There couldn't be a better example of the healing power of art right now than Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, six musicians who fled the horrific civil war, and spent years languishing in refugee camps where they all met and came together to make music."
In Between Days (2007)
Rescue Dawn (2007)
"Twisting truths to bestow sympathy and stature on dubious characters and crimes against humanity, Herzog spins historical fiction yet again in the service of imperialism. Tell me Werner, who funded this film, and expose its premeditated fabrications."
Becoming Jane (2007)
The Camden 28 (2007)
"In revisiting the oppressive measures employed by the FBI during that era, the viewer is treated to a welcome message about the right, if not the duty, to challenge authority, especially in the face of corruption, intransigence and utter arrogance."
Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967)
Dans Paris (2007)
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)
Great World of Sound (2007)
Farewell to Raskolnikov's (2005)
Sweet Land (2006)
No. 2 (Naming Number Two) (2008)
In Search of Mozart (2007)
"A concurrent glimpse of the transformation of the artist in the days of early capitalism, into a free agent on an uncertain quest for commissions, as music was inevitably morphing into a commodity like everything else."
My Best Friend (2007)
"Ultimately, Leconte as a storyteller seems as lost and perplexed in his search for the existence and essence of true friendship in a formidably overwhelming commercially permeated and dominated world, as his unfortunate protagonist Francois."