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Film: Divine Interventions

The New World is a love story for the ages

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Two gods make up the Jamestown settlement epic The New World, a movie that's often too beautiful for words. Colin Farrell puts his bedroom eyes and wild-man looks to the test as Captain John Smit  

Film: Dreaming of a New World

Reclusive director Terrence Malick re-emerges with his fourth film in three decades

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2006
BEVERLY HILLS -- Wes Studi, the actor who plays a 17th-century Algonquian Indian named Opechancanough in Terrence Malick's The New World, knows how he would change the film if he had control of   

Film: Less Is More

In the age of blockbusters, B-movie maven Roger Corman survives

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 11, 2006
It's not a matter of legendary producer and B-movie kingpin Roger Corman getting smaller after 50 years in show business. The Hollywood movies, many of them special effects-driven fantasies, kee  

Film: Fractured Fairy Tale

Swordfights trump love in passionless Tristan & Isolde

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Poets have been telling the story of the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde since the Middle Ages. Composer Richard Wagner put their love story to music in his influential 19th-c  

Film: Tainted Love

Brokeback Mountain speaks to a divided America

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 4, 2006
The overflowing basket of critical acclaim for director Ang Lee's epic romance Brokeback Mountain includes the Golden Lion, the Venice Film Festival's top prize, as well as best film of the yea  

Film: Where Are We?

Mid-decade musings on fear and loving in the new millennium

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 4, 2006
The new millennium began with dire prognostication, incessant paranoid rants about an apocalyptic technological crash and collapse of global markets. We were stockpiling canned food and water in our  

Film: Big Screen's Best

CityBeat film writers present their 2005 Top 10 lists

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Steve Ramos 1. CAPOTE Philip Seymour Hoffman gives the male performance of the year as author Truman Capote, laying out charm, eccentricity and heartache in equal measure in director Bennet  

Film: Does Your Mother Know?

Sarah Silverman combines an angelic face and foul mouth with success

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Meeting comic Sarah Silverman makes one an immediate target of her outrageous humor. Add an unseasonably warm September afternoon in Toronto and a rushed reporter with a habit of profuse sweating   

Film: What Matters Most

The Squid and the Whale's cultural guideposts

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2005
The Squid and the Whale is more than just a movie. It's a way of life. Or, perhaps more aptly, it serves as a guidepost to what mattered culturally in the life of a close-knit but divorcing famil  

Film: Bloody Patriotism

Steven Spielberg tells a thrilling espionage tale with Munich

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2005
The childlike thrills of his recent War of the Worlds remake are over, and director Steven Spielberg's reputation as the creator of movie roller coasters remains rock solid. If audiences crave s  

Film: Family Affair

Noah Baumbach mines his own life for the acclaimed family drama The Squid and the Whale

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2005
New York filmmaker Noah Baumbach stands out. While everyone else at the closing ceremonies for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival arrives in soiled clothes, Baumbach walks past the recently installe  

Film: Jungle Boogie

Peter Jackson's King Kong is the most extravagant B movie in history

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2005
As endangered heroine Anne Darrow, freckly beauty Naomi Watts shrieks on cue, just when the biggest and scariest jungle monsters join her onscreen. A good bone-rattling scream like the ones Watts   

Film: Black Gold, Blacker Hearts

George Clooney is the social conscience of the sweeping Syriana

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2005
For the first time in his career, leading man George Clooney has no need for his good looks. A scraggly beard covers his chiseled chin as CIA Agent Robert Barnes, one of many crisscrossing charac  

Film: Lit Flicks

Film adaptations offer lots of ideas for the reader on your gift list

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The holiday and movie-award season occupies one of the biggest and blackest quarters (as in bottom line) in the consumer year. The market celebrates the arrival of Black Friday, even though both  

Film: The Lightness of Bee-ing

Bee Season addresses spirituality in subtle ways

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Our tumultuous political climate has threatened to overtake the realm of film as each side battles for the right to claim moral high ground and hoist the banner for religious activism. However, fo