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Film: Reviews: Stardust and Rush Hour 3

Matthew Vaughn beats Brett Ratner in this week's battle of action directors

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Matthew Vaughn initially made a name for himself as a producer with Guy Ritchie (from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels through Swept Away) before taking a seat in the director's chair for th  

Film: Pomp and Controversy

A new biography tackles the visionary career of filmmaker Ken Russell

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The author's notes on Joseph Lanza state that he "specializes in speculative nonfiction." This might be euphemistic, one supposes, of a historian who doesn't bother to sort colorful gossip fr  

Film: Review: The Simpsons Movie

TV show makes a seamless transition to the big screen

0 Comments · Saturday, August 4, 2007
At one point, animated paterfamilias Homer Simpson asks if audiences are going to pay to see a movie with characters and stories they could just as easily see on commercially saturated television.  

Film: She's Bart Simpson, Who the Hell Are You?

Nancy Cartwright promises 'The Simpsons Movie' isn't the beginning of the end

0 Comments · Monday, July 30, 2007
The voice on the other end of the phone cackles. It might be the most famous laugh in all of television -- if not pop culture -- history. Young. Mischievous. Utterly Bart. "This is awesome," he  

Film: Workin' on the Weekend

Here's how Pizza Infinity made a movie in 48 hours

1 Comment · Saturday, July 28, 2007
Editor's Note: CityBeat asked local filmmaker Kendall Bruns to keep a diary during this year's 48 Hour Film Festival. This is his report. This was Pizza Infinity's third year participating i  

Film: Review: Rescue Dawn

Director Werner Herzog mines a familiar story for his powerful P.O.W. film

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Dieter Dengler wanted to fly -- nothing more, nothing less. The dream first materialized when he was a young child living through World War II air raids on his small Bavarian village. During one  

Film: Review: Hairspray

Move-turned-Broadway show-turned movie again is a summer pleasure

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Good spirits, great songs and casting smarts -- mixing relaxed Hollywood veterans who love the material with young newcomers full of energy -- make Hairspray a summer movie pleasure. After watchi  

Film: Review: You Kill Me

Director John Dahl returns to his neo-noir roots

0 Comments · Friday, July 13, 2007
Since director John Dahl's early successes in neo-noir -- Kill Me Again, Red Rock West and the brilliant The Last Seduction -- it feels as if he disappeared off the radar, especially in the wake   

Film: Oscars in July

Would a mid-year Oscar playoff help us survive the summer movie blues?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Hollywood has figured out two ways to get people excited about movies. In winter, from the holiday season until February, it promotes good movies -- often quirky, challenging indies or releases   

Film: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Fascinating 'Crazy Love' tracks our changing tabloid media landscape

0 Comments · Monday, July 9, 2007
In concerts, singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley used to self-depricatingly announce that he was going to play "another twisted love song" in a set that included titles like "Last Goodbye" and "L  

Film: Ready to Dance

British actor Hugh Dancy is poised to make a U.S. breakthrough

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Hugh Dancy is not a household name in America. But that's likely to change: The 32-year-old British-born actor has three movies coming out this year. Then there's his burgeoning, tabloid-hounded  

Film: The Provocateur

Lightning-rod filmmaker Michael Moore's 'Sicko' looks at our broken health care industry

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Michael Moore's knack for framing political and social issues in a surprisingly entertaining documentary format is a journalistic phenomenon that picks up where '60s- and '70s-era activist fi  

Film: Review: La Vie en Rose

Marion Cotillard's strong performance as Edith Piaf carries the film

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Music biopics invariably come in for condescension in some critical quarters -- celluloid "greatest hits" albums, they often are called. I disagree. There are few movie thrills as satisfying as   

Film: The Heart of the Matter

Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is back with his most high profile film to date, 'A Mighty Heart'

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Michael Winterbottom has directed one movie a year for more than a decade, but there are few people on this side of the pond who could name them. It's not that he's a bad director. In fact, he  

Film: Beautiful Music

John Carney's organic 'Once' is propelled by sweet sounds

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Music, as much as love, makes the world go around. Once, a new film from Ireland, shows just how important music is to the lives, dreams and ambitions of Dubliners. But because the Pop music of Ir