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  • Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges shines as a country music has-been

    published December 30, 2009

    Enticing Jeff Bridges to voice a washed-up surfer dude in the 2007 children's movie Surf's Up, the filmmakers sent the actor a video of... More >>

  • Clint Eastwood's Invictus: All's well that ends well

    published December 9, 2009

    Aside from Morgan Freeman, who makes a fabulous Nelson Mandela, there's this to savor about Invictus, a rosy tale of racial... More >>

  • William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

    published November 18, 2009

    Other than a few tasty tidbits, like the fact that he wrote Joseph McCarthy's will while still a young family attorney, there’s not much... More >>

  • Afghan Star

    published November 18, 2009

    If you think it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking’s... More >>

  • Moping at the Moon

    published November 18, 2009

    Bella: I'm coming. Edward: I don't want you to. — The Twilight Saga: New Moon Worry not for... More >>

  • The Cove

    published November 11, 2009

    The forthrightly activist but fun-loving documentary The Cove has a natural hero and reformed sinner in Ric O’Barry, a former trainer... More >>

  • A Christmas Carol : Dickens in CGI

    published November 4, 2009

    It's not hard to see how the director of Forrest Gump would be thought a good fit to adapt the dearly beloved (and much lampooned)... More >>

  • Visual Acoustics

    published November 4, 2009

    Just about everyone in Eric Bricker's festschrift seems to love Julius Shulman, including (adorably) the unstoppable old gent himself. What's not... More >>

  • The Wedding Song

    published October 14, 2009

    Like her appealing first feature, La petite Jérusalem, Karin Albou's The Wedding Song probes the threats to an intimate bond between two... More >>

  • Are the Coen brothers self-hating or just everyone hating?

    published October 7, 2009

    The Yiddish shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie — a Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not be a... More >>

  • A Serious Man

    published October 7, 2009

    The shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie—Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not be a Dybbuk—tips... More >>

  • Michael Moore sells the same old schtick in Capitalism: A Love Story

    published September 30, 2009

    The ushers at a packed screening of Michael Moore's latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, came proudly decked out in T-shirts bearing... More >>

  • Burma VJ

    published September 30, 2009

    How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific... More >>

  • Amer'cuh

    published September 30, 2009

    The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the United... More >>

  • Amreeka

    published September 16, 2009

    The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the United... More >>

  • Afghan Star

    published August 19, 2009

    If you think it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking’s... More >>

  • Great Danes

    published August 12, 2009

    Of all European nations, Denmark enjoys the nearest thing to a heroic record of resisting the Nazi occupiers -- which adds both poignancy and... More >>

  • Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

    published August 5, 2009

    Did you know that goy god Steve McQueen got an early walk-on on a Jewish television sitcom? That’s just one of the tasty tidbits in Aviva... More >>

  • The Cove expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins

    published August 5, 2009

    Late in the infectiously frisky documentary The Cove, an older man calmly gatecrashes an international conference on whaling with a... More >>

  • Dolphins: They're Just Like Us

    published July 29, 2009

    The forthrightly activist but fun-loving documentary The Cove has a natural hero and reformed sinner in Ric O’Barry, a former... More >>

  • Burma VJ

    published July 22, 2009

    How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific... More >>

  • Angelic Art

    published July 8, 2009

    Martin Provost’s lyrical but bracing portrait of the early-20th-century French painter Séraphine Louis begins and ends... More >>

  • It's hard to stay mad at surprise Oscar winner Departures

    published May 27, 2009

    The stately Japanese movie Departures comes into theaters trailing some justified ill will for having trounced the critical favorite,... More >>

  • Easy Virtue

    published May 27, 2009

    Quick! Noël Coward—sage or supercilious bitch? No matter where you stand, Stephan Elliott’s deliciously cheeky screen adaptation of... More >>

  • Moving the Dead

    published May 20, 2009

    Trailing mostly justified ill will for having trounced the critical favorite, Waltz With Bashir, for Best Foreign Film at last year’s... More >>

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