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Film: Love Across Centuries

Visionary director Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain is too dizzy

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Metaphysical space-age imaginings counter the death of a loved one in writer/director Darren Aronofsky's visually stunning yet superficial fantasy The Fountain. Tommy (Hugh Jackman) is a scienti  

Film: Visceral Visions

Babel is director Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest raw-nerved exploration

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Alejandro González Iñárritu's movies are like emotional grenades, explosive visions that leave audiences raw-nerved and spent. The Mexican director's 2000 debut, Amores Perros (L  

Film: He's Baaack

Daniel Craig injects life into the James Bond series

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
All fears surrounding the future of cinema's longest running franchise are put to rest with Daniel Craig (Layer Cake) more than capably filling 007's shoes in a Bond film that shatters formula c  

Film: Strange Choices

Life and art collide in Stranger than Fiction

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
During an interview for his latest film, Stranger than Fiction, a professorial Dustin Hoffman shares an intriguing anecdote about a scenario that fueled many a late-night debate among his unemplo  

Film: Menace to Society

Christian Bale's commanding presence propels Harsh Times

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Harsh Times is a modern and raw reflection of the disastrous effects of war on the soldiers that survive them and the potential danger they pose. Jim Davis (Christian Bale) is a tweaked-out disch  

Film: No Holds Barred

Satirical Borat delivers uproarious, politically incorrect laughs

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Virtually everyone who has seen early screenings of the comedy Borat has found it uproariously funny. But they're often a select audience already familiar with both the character Borat and its c  

Film: Still Mad as Hell

Network turns 30 but remains timely and prophetic

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Consider the following: "I want angry shows! I want anti-establishment! I want counterculture!" "We're not a responsible network; we're a whorehouse network." "You're talking about putti  

Film: Word Play

Steve Anderson's documentary traces the evolution of the word 'fuck'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Fuck, a new film by Steve Anderson, is the latest documentary to humorously celebrate, defend and maybe even cash in on outrageousness in American popular culture by treating it as history rather  

Film: Songs of the Road

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest is a parable of reconciliation

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Although several of his films have been suppressed in his homeland and for years he was more acclaimed overseas, Zhang Yimou has never shown any interest in artistic defection. All his films are o  

Film: Daydream Nation

Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is another languid trip into the female psyche

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Sofia Coppola is a mistress of listlessness. She loves to present her young protagonists in mid-daydream, as if there could be nothing greater than witnessing a girl in thought. Her first film,   

Film: Double Vision

Oscar season finds a number of actors working double duty

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I begin with the observation that the fall box-office season opened with a pair of Ashton Kutcher projects occupying the top two slots. For connoisseurs of his  

Film: No Ordinary Camp

The documentary Jesus Camp conjures troubling questions

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Jesus Camp, a documentary about children at an Evangelical Christian summer camp with a decidedly conservative political agenda, has an unusual back-story. The filmmakers, Heidi Ewing and Rachel  

Film: Toothless

Barry Levinson's political satire, Man of the Year, lacks bite

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Writer/director Barry Levinson (Rain Man) squanders an attempt to stir debate over the Republican voter fraud that marred the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections and that threatens to cloud the u  

Film: Rats in a Cage

Martin Scorsese's latest crime drama, The Departed, is a stunner

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 4, 2006
After directing two massive historical epics (Gangs of New York and The Aviator) Martin Scorsese approaches screenwriter William Monahan's polished adaptation of the Hong Kong police thriller In  

Film: The Survivor

Matt Dillon's resurgence continues with a strong performance in Factotum

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Matt Dillon gives out a low, vibrating rumble of a chuckle. "I know a little bit about drinking," he says, when asked about the preparation for his role as an alcoholic ne'er-do-well with a li