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Film: Black Gold

Are African-American actors globally viable at the box office?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
With the announcement of the 79th Annual Academy Award nominees Jan. 23, globalization seemingly emerged as the signature issue spurring voting members of the Academy. Past Oscar nominee Salma H  

Film: Nomad No More

Cincinnati World Cinema finds a home at the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Cincinnati World Cinema, despite the all-embracing title, has had no fixed home for most of its five-year existence. Floating no more, CWC is now the resident film programmer at the Cincinnati Ar  

Film: Crit Lit

Film literature hits critical mass

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Serious film culture once was a rarefied thing, the domain of university programs, international periodicals like Britain's Sight & Sound and intellectual theorists like France's Andre Bazin.   

Film: High Wattage

Naomi Watts discusses The Painted Veil and the perils of working with apes

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Naomi Watts is one of the best actresses alive. From her breakthrough performance in David Lynch's 2001 mindbender Mulholland Dr. to the behemoth that was King Kong, Watts is a consistently com  

Film: Bad Boys

'The Last King of Scotland' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' feature fascinating, often monstrous antagonists

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The portrayal of history's monstrous human beings -- and God knows there are plenty of them -- is hard for movies to do well. Make them too terrible and they become almost campy in their extremi  

Film: West Meets East

Edward Norton's deep interest in China manifests itself in 'The Painted Veil'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Leaning into the back cushion of the large couch in his hotel suite, a tired Edward Norton gives a slight and perhaps defensive laugh. He's just been called a "Sinologist." "Of sorts, yeah,  

Film: Man of the Moment

Director Alfonso Cuarón discusses his highly praised thiller, Children of Men

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Alfonso Cuarón is a filmmaker of rare versatility and vision, a man equally adept with the intimate, sexually frank material of Y tu mamá también as he his within the confines of a  

Film: Scent & Sensibilities

Perfume director Tom Tykwer discusses his pungent drama

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
How often has a film attempted to seriously stir our olfactory perceptions, to connect us to the power, the very essence of this sense? Better yet, how would a filmmaker approximate the experience  

Film: For Your Consideration

CityBeat film writers declare their favorites of 2006

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
JASON GARGANO 1. Children of Men Gloriously crafted and affectingly acted, Alfonso Cuaron's warning shot of a thriller takes on the pressing issues of the day -- immigration, the environmen  

Film: Suburban Life

Todd Field's Little Children leaves a lasting impression

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Little Children, a poignant and subtly humorous dissection of suburban American life directed by In the Bedroom's Todd Field, includes the best single scene in a movie this year. Ronald McGorvey  

Film: The Rest of the Story

Films books are the ultimate director's cut

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Vertigo Comics, a division of DC and home of Superman and Batman, arranged to produce the graphic novelization of Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, a difficult project, especially for a studio b  

Film: Dynamic Duo

Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar team up for the stellar Volver

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
At 57, Pedro Almodóvar is the only contemporary European director to have a large, devoted American audience awaiting each new film in the way that the art-house and college cinema patrons o  

Film: Men at Work

A subtle Matt Damon guides The Good Shepherd, while The History Boys opens up a successful stage play

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Good Shepherd is the best Martin Scorsese film since Goodfellas. The brooding, thoughtful script from Eric Roth (The Insider, Munich) examines the early days of the Central Intelligence Agency  

Film: Motown Redux

Entertaining Dreamgirls hits the right notes

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
We walk side by side through life, but we might never fully understand one another's worlds: those who embrace musicals and those who don't. For some, the unabashed emotionalism of swingin', si  

Film: In Dramatic Pursuit

Will Smith and son power The Pursuit of Happyness

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The new Will Smith vehicle The Pursuit of Happyness got me thinking. As an African-American film critic, I often find myself questioning the intentions of filmmakers and, more often than not, the