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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  

Film: Sleep to Dream

Michel Gondry's imaginative The Science of Sleep casts a unique spell

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I still remember learning about the science of dreams in my high school Advanced Placement Biology course. My instructor offered an explanation of the near slumbering mind as a canvas on which our  

Film: Serious Films for a Serious Time

Toronto International Film Festival was awash in political statements

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 20, 2006
TORONTO -- From fictional dramas like Babel and The Wind That Shakes the Barley to documentaries like The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, the 2006 Toronto International   

Film: Comparing Borats to Lennons

Trying to take in all the Toronto Film Festival's offerings

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 13, 2006
TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival is a whirlwind of film screenings, interviews, more screenings and coffee. Lots of coffee. The experience can be overwhelming, especially for   

Film: Warning Shot

Why We Fight arrives on DVD at a time when its contents have never been more vital

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight is a fascinating look at today's America. Recently released on DVD after a brief, criminally overlooked theatrical run, the incisive, dot-connecting documentary in  

Film: Hollywood Whodunit

Hollywoodland is a compelling look at the life and mysterious death of George Reeves

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Ben Affleck takes a significant stride toward correcting his frat-boy actor image with an engrossing portrayal of George Reeves, the actor popular for playing the Man of Steel on television's Adv  

Film: Tower of a Man

A new documentary celebrates the career of poet/novelist/singer Leonard Cohen

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 30, 2006
When Paste magazine did its recent list of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters, Leonard Cohen finished sixth. He was ahead of such far more established and famous chart-toppers as Brian Wilson, P  

Film: Man of Mystery

Neil Burger's sumptuous The Illusionist casts a mesmerizing spell

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The Illusionist sets an eerie, mood-altering tone right out of the gate. A man, head bowed, sits in a wooden chair on an empty theater stage as a rapt audience awaits his next move. A voice cuts t  

Film: Urban Ritual

Quinceanera is an intriguing look at a Los Angeles neighborhood's Mexican-American community

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Quinceañera uses naturalistic acting, realistic characters and actual urban settings to present a schematically developed story that reveals itself through too much talk and not enough palpa