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  • The I Rock War

    published December 30, 2009

    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days), the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body... More >>

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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 >>

  • Eastwood on the Pitch

    published December 23, 2009

    On a late March morning, the sun sits high in the Cape Town sky, illuminating the trapezoidal monolith of Table Mountain in the distance, while... 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 >>

  • Going Places

    published December 23, 2009

    Unlike the zigzagging protagonist of his latest film, Up in the Air, Jason Reitman tends to stay close to home. "If we were in a small... More >>

  • Nine: Fantasy meets harsh reality as Rob Marshall takes on a Fellini classic

    published December 23, 2009

    There's no city-clogging traffic jam in Nine, the musicalized version of Federico Fellini's movie-about-moviemaking ur-text 8... More >>

  • It's Complicated : Nancy Meyers keeps making the same movie

    published December 23, 2009

    Does Nancy Meyers hate women? The thought ran through my head not very long into It's Complicated, Meyers' biennial stocking-stuffer... More >>

  • Tom Ford's A Single Man: It's better to look good than to be good

    published December 9, 2009

    Too much is never enough for fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford, whose debut feature flaunts its capital-A Artiness the way some... More >>

  • Whitewash: Disney's The Princess and the Frog can't seem to escape the ghetto

    published December 9, 2009

    Six decades after unleashing persistent NAACP bugaboo Song of the South (1946), and two after firmly suppressing it, that peculiar... More >>

  • Zombieland

    published December 2, 2009

    The zombie movie—that evergreen vessel for all manner of social and political allegory—gets stripped down to its “Holy shit!... More >>

  • Red Cliff

    published November 25, 2009

    After a decade navigating Hollywood, John Woo returned to China to make his latest film, but scale back he did not. The most expensive movie ever... More >>

  • Ponyo

    published November 25, 2009

    The great ocean deep proves a natural canvas for Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away), whose latest feature... More >>

  • Mr. Fox is a fantastic fit

    published November 25, 2009

    Given his preference for static, symmetrical, scrupulously color-coordinated and art-directed compositions, it's less surprising that Wes... More >>

  • Red Cliff: John Woo's killer instincts are back in action

    published November 25, 2009

    John Woo spent a decade navigating the big-studio minefield — longer than most foreign auteurs last in Hollywood before throwing in the... More >>

  • Red Cliff

    published November 25, 2009

    After a decade navigating Hollywood, John Woo returned to China to make his latest film, but scale back he did not. The most expensive movie ever... More >>

  • The Maid

    published November 11, 2009

    For more than 20 years, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) has worked as the hired help for an upper-class Santiago family, whom she has served with the... More >>

  • District 9

    published November 11, 2009

    The aliens have been with us for 20 years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp’s fast and furiously inventive... More >>

  • The Maid cleans up

    published November 11, 2009

    Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but for the title character of the pitch-black Chilean comedy The Maid, it's closer to an infernal... More >>

  • Precious locates the heart — and hell — of its heroine's struggle

    published November 11, 2009

    In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old;... More >>

  • The Hurt Locker

    published November 11, 2009

    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days), the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It... More >>

  • An Education

    published October 14, 2009

    The title is a double entendre in An Education, the film version of British journalist Lynn Barber’s memoir about the crash course she... More >>

  • An Education and its star, Carey Mulligan, get good marks

    published October 14, 2009

    The title is a double entendre in An Education, the film version of British journalist Lynn Barber's memoir about the crash course she... More >>

  • Oblivion

    published September 30, 2009

    Born in Lima, the child of Polish Jewish refugees, Heddy Honigmann studied film in Rome, lives in Amsterdam, and has made documentaries in Paris,... More >>

  • Passing Strange: The Movie

    published September 30, 2009

    For those (like this critic) who missed singer-songwriter Stew’s Tony-winning, autobiographical rock musical during its runs at the Public... More >>

  • Masterful documentary Crude details the toxic battle between big oil and natives in Ecuador

    published September 23, 2009

    Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it's thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction,... More >>

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