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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  

Film: Deep Cover

Director Paul Verhoeven probes both sides of the Dutch resistance in World War II

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Black Book is Paul Verhoeven's first film made in his native Netherlands since 1985, and he brings to it valuable lessons he learned while working for 20 years in Hollywood (everything from Robo  

Film: A Wise Man

Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman discusses his long career

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Frederick Wiseman is one of America's greatest documentary makers. That he seems less well known than such peers as Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Barbara Kopp  

Film: Taking Liberties

British spoof team sends up blockbusters

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I skipped seeing Blades of Glory because I know all too well its comic formula of hammering away at a single joke for an hour and a half. The makers of Hot Fuzz and their previous film Shaun of th  

Film: The Seekers

Elegiac Old Joy centers on two men looking to connect

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Kelly Reichardt, who directed Old Joy, sees her film as a kind of new-age western in which men -- past their youth but not necessarily their hopes and dreams -- go into the wilderness and test ea  

Film: Rear Ended

Disburbia apes Rear Window, but Hitchcock it ain't

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Memo to the estate of Alfred Hitchcock: If the producers of Disturbia haven't already agreed to share the proceeds of their flick, then by all means approach them for royalties. Disturbia is Hitc  

Film: Genre Vultures

Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino pay homage to exploitation cinema with 'Grindhouse'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
"Ronny Howard and I were talking about this recently," Kurt Russell says while hanging out in a Beverly Hills Four Seasons suite to discuss his new movie Grindhouse. "We used to see each other  

Film: or Fiction?

Lasse Hallstrom nearly pulls off 'The Hoax'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Clifford Irving was a writer of middling interest in the early 1970s. Yet thanks to a wild stroke of inspiration he became a singular force in the literary industry. As Lasse Hallstrom's The Hoa