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Film: Badly Drawn Boy

Max Minghella fails to compel in Art School Confidential

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
At this point in the brief career of Max Minghella, son of director Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), I am reminded of former magazine cover girl and faux actress Kelly   

Film: Gorgeous People in Danger

As mindless distraction goes, Poseidon is pretty unbeatable

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
"There's nothing fair about who lives and who dies," says manly Kurt Russell to manly Josh Lucas in Poseidon, trying to buck up the younger guy who I am shocked -- shocked! -- to report starts   

Film: Return of a Pinup Queen

Gretchen Mol takes the spotlight -- again -- via the The Notorious Bettie Page

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Gretchen Mol, who stars in The Notorious Bettie Page, couldn't be more accommodating in her interview. She is cheerful and fully engaged with the questions, at times self-deprecating, at others   

Film: Big Mamas, Sexless Queens & Kinky Boots

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the latest black man to wear a dress on the big screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
In 1979, Prince proudly proclaimed, "I Wanna Be Your Lover," tossing salacious lines like, "I wanna be your brother/I wanna be your mother and your sister too" into the mix. These teasing refr  

Film: All of Us United

Director Paul Greengrass' compelling United 93 revisits 9/11

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Like many people around the country, I watched the signature events of 9/11 unfold in a surreal time frame on Good Morning, America. The confusion of images unspooling, the speculation about why   

Film: Big-Sky Redux

Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders reunite for the peculiar but rewarding Don't Come Knocking

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Cameras are rolling on the set of Phantom of the West, a mawkish western shooting in the Moab desert, but leading man Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) is nowhere to be found. A washed-up alcoholic lose  

Film: L.A. Women

Friends with Money looks at the way (some) women live today

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
With Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing and now Friends With Money, writer/director Nicole Holofcener has emerged as a sharp-witted observer of the lives of dissatisfied American women. Wor  

Film: Water-Logged

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School is a soggy retread

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School opens with that ukelele version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that's been making the rounds of allergy commercials lately. From that mome  

Film: Courageous Resistance

Sophie Scholl tells the shattering story of a principled woman in Nazi Germany

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Sophie Scholl -- The Final Days is the latest of a small but significant group of German films about domestic resistance to the Nazis. Michael Verhoeven's The White Rose, a 1982 film about a stu  

Film: Serious Satire

Thank You for Smoking provides Aaron Eckhart the breakout role he deserves

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
The best independent film comedies of late have been subtle movies about relationships, more filled with naturalistically rendered life lessons than with the big laughs that come from exaggeratio  

Film: Lucky Leading Boys

Hartnett and Brown find themselves in good company

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
How lucky can one Hollywood boy toy be? For instance, take Josh Hartnett, the latest dark-haired model to step off the dream factory line for his close-up. He got his auspicious heartthrob-in-tra  

Film: Men of the City

Veteran directors Spike Lee and Sidney Lumet return with a pair of powerful NYC-set dramas

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Spike Lee and Sidney Lumet, two of New York's finest, offer up new projects on cops, robbers and mobsters that epitomize our conception of the underbelly of the City. In Hermit in Paris: Autobi  

Film: Red Dust Glory

Tsotsi ushers in a new era for South African cinema

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Pirated DVDs of Tsotsi are selling at a brisk pace on the streets of Johannesburg despite the fact that it's a rough edit missing the Kwaito music soundtrack. The price is right -- slightly more   

Film: Rite of Passage

Bryce Dallas Howard fulfills a dream working with director Lars von Trier on Manderlay

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
It's a common experience -- maybe even a rite of passage -- for young actresses. How will your parents react to watching your first nude scene on the big screen? But a couple of elements made i  

Film: New-Hollywood Yoda

Robert Towne, writer/director of the new Ask the Dust, discusses his storied career

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
When director/screenwriter Robert Towne talks about the old days of the New Hollywood, each anecdote carries the weight of revelation. That's because New Hollywood -- the period coinciding with t