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Black August (2008)
"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. "
Catching Out (2003)
"Infused with the visual splendor of Western landscapes to be found along the freight car routes carved out of untouched wilderness, and also the unrushed, lyrical reflections of the articulate adventurers entranced by these secret voyages. "
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. "
Crazy Love (2007)
"Way before the recently reunited womanizer pubophile Joey Buttafuoco and teen spouse-shooter Amy Fisher, both of whom walked out on their marriages to get it on all over again, there was Burton Pugach and Linda Riss. Don't ask. "
"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)
"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."
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? "
Far From Heaven (2003)
"Censorship dictated the Hollywood product of the time, reflecting only the most idealized notion of U.S. society, with all sorts of skeletons shoved decisively into their closets."
Four Lane Highway (2005)
"While trying to figure out whether it's a delayed development coming of age mood piece or a college romance turned offbeat road movie, Four Lane Highway offers little of dramatic substance to fill in the empty spaces along the way."
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."
Happy Endings (2005)
"There's a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new."
"Possibly the first Hollywood movie to design a fairy tale of sorts around globalization, this delectable fantasy conjures a mythic Brit multinational instead of the usual imperial realm, as a basically high caloric magical kingdom."
The Chumscrubber (2005)
"The entire strange magical realism and stinging emotional bite of Chumscrubber's burb wasteland are as captivating and disturbing as can be."
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
"Testosterone laced and overwhelmingly male in its point of view, the film is high on locker room lewd 'n crude, and excruciatingly, well, pre-climactic for those in the demographic most likely to identify with abstention as a masochistic deed."
13 Tzameti (2005)
The Winter Guest (1997)
"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."
"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."
Rock Star (2001)
"The music is more than fine, but without the visual and narrative grittiness and edge to match, the movie ends up being more about the sound than the source."
A Rumor of Angels (2000)
"When you're set on making a serious drama like A Rumor Of Angels about talking to the dead - in Morse Code no less - credibility is apt to be strained for anyone beyond the most hardcore seance fanatics."
28 Weeks Later... (2007)
"Truly disturbing hard edge heavy metal laced scenes, however simulated, of the mass slaughter by military helicopter gunships of a mix of healthy and infected fleeing humans by their own government, really confounds as to who the actual monsters may be."
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."
Death Proof (2007)
"Damaged or missing reels anticipating sexual excess disappear conveniently on cue, to keep the rating set comfortably at 'R.'"
"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)
"The embedded corporate media has worked itself up into a frenzy against the filmmaker, in a rather exhilarating David and Goliath showdown in which truth will hopefully and logically be the victor. "
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)
"Yes, this or that argument makes sense, but where do we go from here? That critical question in such wrong-headed documentaries is inevitably fraught with limitations, settling for moral abstractions instead of inspiring social change. "
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."
Scrap Heaven (2005)
"The tense camerawork capturing the anxiety-ridden mood of the austere Tokyo cityscape is tightly textured, and truly deserved a more effective narrative."
"IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS: A transformative journey of personal discovery that comes full circle, from fears for fatherless black families, to a celebration of the astonishing and courageous women presiding over them. "
Gitmo: The New Rules of War (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."
The Replacements (2000)
"What we have here is your basic feelgood comedy about scabs."
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
"Filled with vividly etched scenes of the Latina garment workers toiling away, underpaid for the overpriced Bloomingdales bound dresses they could never afford nor fit into."
"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."
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 (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."
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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. "
"A bold mix of wishful thinking fantasy and stirring truth stranger than fiction."