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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  

Film: What's in a Name?

Strong performances power Mira Nair's intergenerational family drama, 'The Namesake'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2007
What's in a Name? Mira Nair, the Indian-born American director of the gloriously sensual Monsoon Wedding, is certainly the right choice to adapt to the screen The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri's   

Film: Head Games

'The Lookout' tweaks familiar crime-drama formulas

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Seven years ago, Christopher Nolan introduced audiences to a very special amnesiac named Leonard (Guy Pearce) in Memento. Leonard lacked the capacity to create lasting short-term memories -- a deb  

Film: More Than Meets the Eye

'Pride' more than just sports movie formula, while 'The Host' transcends its B-movie origins

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We've been told how hard it is for the pimps out there, but a good street hustle can pave the way for a golden future. Everyone acknowledges that Morgan Freeman's got game now, but back in 1987  

Film: Playful Pastiche

Steven Soderbergh's 'The Good German' mixes old-school techniques with new-school candor

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
After about 20 minutes of watching The Good German, I was all set to drop a stinky load of outrage on this waste of celluloid. Then something happened. Maybe it was a brain aneurism. Before I kn  

Film: Rock Does Rohmer

Chris Rock's 'I Think I Love My Wife' inspired by French film

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Chris Rock's sophomore directorial effort, I Think I Love My Wife, is also his first independent film (well, if Fox Searchlight counts), and so he's justifiably concerned about how his fans will  

Film: Pieces of a War

'Iraq in Fragments' looks at Iraq from three different perspectives

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
When James Longley's documentary Iraq in Fragments premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the biting, cautionary, tragic double meaning of the title wasn't so readily apparent as it is no  

Film: Graphic Greek Myth

Director Zack Snyder and actor Gerard Butler bring Frank Miller's '300' to the screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
"It's mythology out of history," director Zack Snyder says of his blood-soaked, steroid-driven adaptation of Frank Miller's award-winning graphic novel 300. Set in 480 B.C., it recounts the r  

Film: Dylan Revisited

D.A. Pennebaker looks back for the deluxe edition of 'Don't Look Back'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
For D.A. Pennebaker, the time has come to look back. For the new digitally remastered "deluxe edition" DVD of his classic documentary Don't Look Back, which followed Bob Dylan during a 1965 sol