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  • Hit List

    published December 26, 2007

    It's that time of year again. Our six critics don't always (or often) agree, but we've combined their top 10 lists (allowing for ties) to... More >>

  • Mr. Schrader Goes to Washington

    published December 12, 2007

    Paul Schrader's cinema is largely defined by the pathology of his male protagonists, and with The Walker, he's added a striking new... More >>

  • Those Were the Days

    published December 12, 2007

    Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed return to the fray, is a curious project — well-crafted, personal, and... More >>

  • Like a Complete Unknown

    published November 21, 2007

    I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film. I'm Not There is the movie of the year — but to whom does Todd... More >>

  • Brian De Palma's Redacted Rated R for Righteous Rage

    published November 14, 2007

    Acid flashback or déjà vu? Who, having lived through the late '60s, would have anticipated re-experiencing the spectacle of an... More >>

  • Richard Kelly Follows Donnie Darko with Terrorizing Southland Tales

    published November 14, 2007

    A doom-ridden pulp cabalist with a dark sense of purpose as well as humor, Richard Kelly shoots the moon with Southland Tales, his rich,... More >>

  • American Gangster Treats '70s Smack Game Like It's NASDAQ

    published October 31, 2007

    American Gangster is a movie with obvious gravitas and a familiar argument: Organized crime is outsider capitalism. As archetypal as its... More >>

  • Wristcutters: A Love Story Follows Zombie Hipsters to the Afterlife

    published October 31, 2007

    Wristcutters: A Love Story, a well-wrought indie written and directed by Goran Dukic, has to be the kewpie doll of current zombie... More >>

  • Jimmy Carter Man from Plains Just Plain Boring

    published October 31, 2007

    Jonathan Demme, who directed Tom Hanks to an Oscar as the AIDS-afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia, may be the most well-meaning filmmaker... More >>

  • Dear Coward Robert Ford: Please come Back and Kill Brad Pitt

    published October 3, 2007

    Calling all pundits. It's a baffling caprice of the zeitgeist to have two studio westerns released in the same month, 30-odd years after the... More >>

  • Eastern Promises: Still Cronenberg

    published September 12, 2007

    I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original, and consistently excellent North American director... More >>

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Set Pieces

    published September 5, 2007

    Johnnie To may not be the last man standing, but he is the lone Hong Kong action director who's done his best work in the aftermath of the... More >>

  • Saying Goodbye To Two Giants of Cinema

    published August 8, 2007

    Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously... More >>

  • Man Down

    published July 11, 2007

    Nothing if not appropriate for summer blockbuster season, Werner Herzog's latest feature, based on his 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to... More >>

  • Dr. Feelgood

    published June 27, 2007

    "We're Americans. We go into other countries when we need to. It's tricky, but it works." So declares Michael Moore in the midst of his new... More >>

  • Mighty Heart, Mightier Spotlight

    published June 20, 2007

    A skilled actor vanishes into a role; a movie star appropriates it. As presence trumps character, the star personifies Brecht's alienation effect,... More >>

  • The Mystery of the Tween Demo

    published June 13, 2007

    So lame it's ... cool? Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming's attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie... More >>

  • The House Always Wins

    published June 6, 2007

    Lowest Common Denominator-ism writ large and engraved in stone like the Ten Commandments according to Cecil B. DeMille, the Hollywood blockbuster... More >>

  • America Cannes

    published May 30, 2007

    CANNES, France—The world's preeminent film festival celebrated its 60th birthday party — the opening banquet catered by the world's... More >>

  • Palm d'Hoberman

    published May 30, 2007

    Cannes, France — Sometimes the competition is actually competitive. No one disputes that the official section at the 60th Cannes Film... More >>

  • Cannes d'Awards

    published May 30, 2007

    Cannes, France — The 60th Cannes Film Festival was a generous one — and so was its jury, bestowing the Palme d'Or on the least... More >>

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Suffocation

    published May 9, 2007

    Mystery man of the long-ago Australian new wave, Ray Lawrence has evidently grown less finicky. Lawrence, now 59, made his feature debut with the... More >>

  • Appointment in Samarra

    published March 28, 2007

    The Situation, Philip Haas's deftly-paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent... More >>

  • Wild at Heart

    published February 7, 2007

    No director works closer to his unconscious than David Lynch, and, stimulated by the use of amateur digital video technology, his latest feature... More >>

  • Heavy Weather

    published January 24, 2007

    A terrific movie in the Antonioni tradition, Climates confirms 47-year-old Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as one of the world's most... More >>

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