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.
Posted Oct 10, 2007
A scathing documentary baring a nation into deep denial about lingering buried injustices and inequities which rose to the surface exposed to the light of day, in the wake of the Katrina floods.
Posted Oct 9, 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.
Posted Oct 7, 2007
Moving as flawlessly and gracefully across the movie screen as the snow on its mute, chilly Scottish landscape, the film inspires amazement and awe as the work of novice director, Alan Rickman.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
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.
Posted Oct 5, 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.
Posted Sep 30, 2007
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.
Posted Sep 29, 2007
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.
Posted Sep 28, 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.
Posted Sep 27, 2007
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.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
In a film that just happens to be about the topic of fabric, Silk like a mannequin draped in an elegant costume, is all shimmering surface and hollow core.
Posted Sep 12, 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
Posted Sep 12, 2007
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.
Posted Sep 11, 2007
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.
Posted Sep 10, 2007
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.
Posted Sep 3, 2007
An equal opportunity take-no-prisoners, smooth satirical sendup of the state of race relations in the country right now.
Posted Sep 1, 2007
A euphoric celebration of the rough road to womanhood and at the same time a biting critique of machista culture, Antonia is a brave, inspired antidote to current misogynistic Brazilian film fare.
Posted Aug 25, 2007
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.
Posted Aug 24, 2007
KAMP KATRINA: A slice of life doc about the collective survival process that arose following Hurricane Katrina, and shaped as a kind of spontaneous reality show about rebuilding a community.
Posted Aug 19, 2007
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.
Posted Aug 11, 2007
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.
Posted Aug 4, 2007
Dumont's gift for dramatic expression of physical space and sensuously conceived landscape is undeniable. If only he had attached a coherent story to his vividly evoked sense of surroundings.
Posted Aug 4, 2007
Too minimalist for its own good when it comes to story details and even essential basic factual information, In Between Days can best be described as a skillfully lensed missed opportunity.
Posted Aug 2, 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.
Posted Aug 1, 2007
The tender emotion, delicacy of feeling and above all brilliant inspired flashes of brash female wit, render the truth or exaggeration of the tale simply secondary.
Posted Jul 28, 2007
There was the seed of a far more fascinating story buried somewhere within, but it seems to have gotten lost amid all the boobs and bullets.
Posted Jul 23, 2007
A Cuban comedy classic spinning a playfully couched tale of misfortune, exploitation and guerrilla uprising that might be termed revolutionary lite.
Posted Jul 21, 2007
There's a passion and a heart to these proceedings, however momentarily clumsy or awkward, that make it difficult ultimately, to resist its peculiar charms.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
Manda Bala effectively captures the enormous class divide in Third World Brazil, and the unarticulated simmering class tensions that the oblivious upper classes seem to take pains in denying.
Posted Jul 17, 2007
The murky melodrama's vicarious perversions may set a dubious new low standard in cinema - gross-out tragedy.
Posted Jul 17, 2007
No matter what's real or rehearsed, Great Wall Of Sound couldn't come any closer to the truth.
Posted Jul 15, 2007
A tautly crafted but deeply misogynistic and anti-workingclass French psychological thriller.
Posted Jul 7, 2007
Novel Romance stands out for its memorable defiant, take-no-male-prisoners fiery female rant that peppers the script, at least initially.
Posted Jul 5, 2007
Considering the entire uneventful and unpleasant proceedings, 'cash back' may have been the worst highly suggestive choice of title possible for the audience to contemplate.
Posted Jul 3, 2007
As usual, it's always up to the small budget indies to act as a corrective to Hollywood misperceptions and misconceptions, in this case the longstanding stereotypical depiction of elders.
Posted Jul 1, 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.
Posted Jun 27, 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.
Posted Jun 25, 2007