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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  

Film: Southern Blues

Craig Brewer discusses his latest impassioned, music-laden movie, 'Black Snake Moan'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Black Snake Moan is something to behold. Teetering on the edge of complete outrageousness but never less than sincere, this far-out fable centers on Rae (Christina Ricci), a white-trash skank wi  

Film: Aging Gracefully

Cincinnati filmmaker takes on aging myths in new documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Cincinnati filmmaker Melissa Godoy sets out to discover how we can "stay whole against the assault of old age" in her new documentary, Do Not Go Gently. The film tackles a subject of increasing   

Film: The Force Be With Him

Ioan Gruffudd inhabits William Wilberforce in 'Amazing Grace'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Barely two sentences into my phone interview with actor Ioan Gruffudd and his thickly sweet accent has disrupted my concentration completely. It doesn't help that just the night before he rang m  

Film: Junk Cinema

Joel Schumacher's latest disaster finds Jim Carrey at career low

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Joel Schumacher, the same director who stank up cinemas with 8MM and The Phantom of the Opera, hits a new low with debut screenwriter Fernley Phillips' hackneyed script about a could-be killer ob  

Film: Shooting Star

Factory Girl delves into the blazing, doomed life of Edie Sedgwick

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Along with his paintings, silk-screen prints and outré movies, Andy Warhol also created the modern notion of "celebrity." If you wanted it bad enough, you could have it. You didn't have   

Film: World Wide Buzz

The Internet is changing the Oscar hype game

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
One sure winner at this year's Academy Awards will be the Internet. More specifically, it will be the awards-oriented Web sites and blogs that have come together -- in a "perfect storm" converg  

Film: A Performance of Beauty

Oscar-nominated Peter O'Toole shines in 'Venus'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Maurice (Peter O'Toole) is a highly regarded, aging British actor in a familiar, Odd Couple-esque relationship with Ian (Leslie Phillips), his doddering best friend and a fellow thespian from ba