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The Interrupters

Steve James' doc tackles Chicago's gang problem

0 Comments · Thursday, November 3, 2011
Filmmaker Steve James is apparently incapable of making an uninteresting documentary, even when his subject matter might presumably be thoroughly played out. James, who has already garnered enough film-festival awards to merit multiple mantelpieces, tackles Chicago's soaring crime rate, and in particular the work of CeaseFire, a community-based interventional program founded by epidemiologist Gary Slutkin.   

Life During Wartime

Criterion Collection, 2010, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Life During Wartime is something of a direct sequel to Solondz's 1998 film, Happiness, with one catch: All the characters are played by different actors. If you haven't watched Happiness in 12 years, it's not such a shock. Otherwise, the effect is disconcerting, like tuning in to your favorite soap only to find everyone has a new face.  

A Town Called Panic (Review)

Belgian animated film is a goofy, whimsical ride

0 Comments · Friday, May 7, 2010
This whimsical, thoroughly Belgian import imagines a primary-colored world in which the tiny toy cowboy, Indian and horse figures we all had as children (well, those of us who grew up in a pre-Transformers world) come alive and find themselves in all manner of goofy yet compelling adventures. The subtitled French-language film has won a cult following already, not least because its creators have been steadily churning out variations on this same claymation horse/cowboy/Indian theme for almost a decade now with occasional help from Britain's great Aardman Animations. Grade: B-.  

Film: Short-lived Phenomenon

Once in a Lifetime traces the rise and fall of a soccer team

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Fronted in the mid-'70s by ultra-charismatic Brazilian superstar Pelé, the New York Cosmos were the heroic ideal for Yanqui kids like myself, who were only just then learning the joys of a s  

Film: Colonial Collapse

Richard E. Grant's directorial debut chronicles a crumbling empire via a fractured family

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 21, 2006
The death throes of an empire are never pretty to watch, but they're an absolute unicorn leaping over a rainbow compared with the twitch of the marital death nerve in Richard E. Grant's semiauto  

Film: The Big Green One

The original, uncut Japanese version of Godzilla finally hits U.S. shores

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The ballyhoo surrounding Rialto's release of the 1954 film that started the entire kaiju (or giant monster) film genre has been nearly as loud as Godzilla's unmistakable roar. And why not? It'