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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  

Film: The Point of Torture Porn

Eli Roth's 'Hostel: Part II' raises questions about a genre

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Almost five years ago, a screener tape of Gasper Noe's Irreversible landed in my year-end review pile. The film was set to play at The Esquire at some undefined point, a decision I found highly   

Film: Wedding Crasher

Susanne Bier's 'After the Wedding' tweaks the Dogme formula

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Susanne Bier, director of After the Wedding, has been one of the luminaries of Denmark's Dogme movement -- films grounded in real-life concerns featuring naturalistic acting and as little produc  

Film: To Keep or Not to Keep?

'Knocked Up' and 'Waitress' tackle unwanted pregnancies by ... dismissing abortion?

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Remember when abortion used to be a safe, legal and reasonably frequent alternative to unwanted pregnancy? It still is, actually. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit institution de  

Film: Boys Will Be Boys

Judd Apatow strikes again with hilarious 'Knocked Up,' while Kevin Costner kills in 'Mr. Brooks'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2007
After knocking around the business, Judd Apatow seems to be making an attempt to corner the market on fairly smart mainstream comedy. This young television veteran got his start (and a string of