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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  

Film: Waiting on a Breakthrough

Nathan Fillion shines in actress/writer/director Adrienne Shelly's swansong, 'Waitress'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Actor Nathan Fillion looks a lot like Han Solo, but, oddly enough, looks nothing like Harrison Ford. That's probably because the role he's most famous for -- Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Joss Wh  

Film: Out from the Shadows

Charles Burnett's underground classic, 'Killer of Sheep,' finally gets a proper release

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
For being one of the most important American independent movies ever made, Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep isn't known much. In fact, strangely, it hasn't even been released theatrically un  

Film: The Evolution of Underneath

The 'Best of Underneath' festival continues to thrive

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Forget Spider-Man 3. The Best of Underneath Cincinnati Film and Video Festival returns on Saturday. A longtime nurturer of (mostly) area-produced independent short films and videos, Underneath's  

Film: Zombies and Viruses

'28 Weeks Later' ably picks up where its predecessor left off

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland apparently has issues with the individual finding a place of security in a nightmarish world. From his novels The Beach, The Tesseract (both of which have b  

Film: Girls Will Be Boys

Despite censorship, an Iranian film shows female discrimination

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
In Offside, Iranian teenage girls disguised as boys beg, bribe and sneak their way into a soccer stadium so they can watch their beloved home team battle Bahrain for the championship. They're dis  

Film: In a Rut

Zach Braff's latest, 'The Ex,' wallows in mediocrity

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Zach Braff needs a new shtick. His goofball, everyman charms worked well in the endearing yet derivative Garden State as well as his recurring character on TV's Scrubs. But The Last Kiss, a slig  

Film: Third Time a Charm?

'Spider-Man 3' hopes to match the critical and commercial success of its predecessors

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Before X-Men debuted in 2000, the only Marvel Comics character to have successfully launched onto the big screen was an obscure vampire hunter named Blade (1998). DC Comics had, with their Supe