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    The Inglourious Year in Film

    published December 23, 2009

    1/ The Hurt Locker The decade's strongest Iraq movie is also the year's finest action flick, not to mention director... More >>

  • Best Films of the Decade

    published December 23, 2009

    Looking back on a decade dominated by the movie franchise — Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Spider-Man to... More >>

  • Avatar: All that glitters isn't gold

    published December 16, 2009

    The money is on the screen in Avatar, James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and, like the Hope... More >>

  • Richard Linklater's Orson Welles puts on quite a show

    published December 9, 2009

    The most significant American artist before Andy Warhol to take "the media" as his medium, Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously... More >>

  • Me and Orson Welles

    published December 9, 2009

    Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously restored director's cuts of his movies but as a character in other people’s novels, plays, and... More >>

  • Bright Star

    published December 9, 2009

    Set in the bucolic suburbs of early-19th-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion’s Bright Star recounts the... More >>

  • The Road takes the path of least resistance

    published November 25, 2009

    The Road, Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize–winning, Oprah-endorsed postapocalyptic survivalist prose poem — in which a... More >>

  • New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's Bad Lieutenant

    published November 18, 2009

    The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara, who,... More >>

  • Got Your Goat: Clooney's latest lacks humor

    published November 4, 2009

    Historical cataclysm produces conspiratorial thinking: Germany's loss in World War I, the JFK assassination, and 9/11 are all naturally... More >>

  • Moon

    published November 4, 2009

    Moon is a modest science fiction film with major aspirations. The tale of a lonely spaceman might have made an excellent Twilight Zone episode,... More >>

  • Flick in a Box

    published November 4, 2009

    The secret is out. Warner Bros. waited to unwrap The Box until two days before its opening because, compared to its madcap predecessors... More >>

  • The Beaches of Agnes

    published October 28, 2009

    The great idiosyncratic original of the French nouvelle vague generation, Agnès Varda began her career as a photographer and, in her use of... More >>

  • The Yes Men Fix the World

    published October 28, 2009

    The anti-globalist performance guys who call themselves the Yes Men are masters of forging corporate rhetoric and media protocols. Their forte is... More >>

  • The Yes Men Fix the World is a cheerful quest for social justice

    published October 28, 2009

    The antiglobalist performance guys who call themselves the Yes Men are masters of forging corporate rhetoric and media protocols. The most... More >>

  • Bronson

    published October 28, 2009

    The inmate who renamed himself after a Hollywood action star has been incarcerated for all but a few months of the past 34 years—30 of them... More >>

  • Lars von Trier's Antichrist puts characters, and audience, through the wringer

    published October 21, 2009

    Lars von Trier's doggedly outrageous, fearsomely ambitious two-hander is so desperate to make you feel something — if only a terrible... More >>

  • Jonze's Wild Things more like Mild Things

    published October 14, 2009

    Directed by Spike Jonze from a 400-word children's picture book first published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are may be the toughest... More >>

  • Keats and Brawne on Your Side

    published October 14, 2009

    Set in the bucolic suburbs of early-19th-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion’s Bright Star... More >>

  • Humpday

    published September 23, 2009

    Humpday opens with a pair of breeders in bed. A youngish married couple, Ben (mumblecordeon Mark Duplass) and Anna (Alycia Delmore), confess that... More >>

  • More harmonious than tumultuous, Bright Star is an ode to John Keats' great love affair

    published September 16, 2009

    Set in the bucolic suburbs of early-19th-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion's Bright Star recounts... More >>

  • Tony Manero

    published September 9, 2009

    Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s alarming Tony Manero—set in the dark days of the Pinochet regime and named not for its... More >>

  • Beeswax

    published September 9, 2009

    While no one’s idea of an action film, Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax feels less charmingly aimless than its radically slight... More >>

  • $9.99

    published September 9, 2009

    Tatia Rosenthal’s stop-motion animation $9.99 adds a measure of stolid creepiness to co-writer Etgar Keret’s brand of dark whimsy. Like... More >>

  • Unmistaken Child

    published September 9, 2009

    Israeli documentarian Nati Baratz’s Unmistaken Child is a drama of faith, about a Tibetan monk’s search for the reincarnation of... More >>

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex

    published September 2, 2009

    Founded by self-described urban guerrillas Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Ulrike Meinhof, the Red Army Faction were the Weather Underground,... More >>

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