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Film: The Big Green One

The original, uncut Japanese version of Godzilla finally hits U.S. shores

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The ballyhoo surrounding Rialto's release of the 1954 film that started the entire kaiju (or giant monster) film genre has been nearly as loud as Godzilla's unmistakable roar. And why not? It'  

Film: Desperate Measures

The Dardenne brothers' L'Enfant is a gripping story of desperation

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Young, unprepared mothers and the men who disrespect them, child neglect, teenage street criminals ... the subject matter of L'Enfant (The Child) couldn't seem more grittily, glumly American.   

Film: New X-Factor

Brett Ratner takes over the X-Men franchise with entertaining results

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Bryan Singer was an X-factor when he took the helm of the first X-Men film. He was a smart indie director who knew his way around a twisting plot and carefully choreographed action sequences. But   

Film: Art School Rejects

Director Terry Zwigoff and screenwriter Daniel Clowes discuss their latest collaboration

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
As in a dream, Jesus brings me a side of scrambled eggs. He wears a big smile and a shiny nametag, every hair in place. Brings me coffee, too. All around us are ancient hardwood, marble and finer  

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