Kitch, clichés, and neurosis — a fatal combination
Robert Cary is not up to even latter-day Woody standards.
Argentine director Alejandro Chomski wastes little time setting up this generic exercise.
Gritty, macho, and lacking in grace
James Gray’s film is in dire need of plausibility.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is leaden
“History,” Winston Churchill told us, “is written by the victors.”
Homosexuality in the Bible
Daniel Karslake’s earnest documentary offers a string of familiar but poignant true-life stories of young gays and lesbians being alienated from mom and dad.
Vaseline and sock monkeys
Each year these commercials show an engagement with global culture and commerce.
A smirky and sore temptation
It’s never a good idea to judge a movie by the book it was adapted from.
One of the year's best movies
In Andrew Dominik’s revisionist Western, Jesse James is not a character.
A documentary of differences
Amid it all, the kids are kids: they dance and play and laugh, while not far from their mini-village lie acres and acres of graves.
Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
Lee approaches Lust with Caution
“Yeah, it’s very hard,” says Ang Lee — with no apparent double entendre in mind — about shooting the sex scenes in his NC-17-rated Lust, Caution .
Ang Lee goes NC-17
During one of the sex scenes that have earned Ang Lee’s adaptation of Eileen Chang’s short story its notoriety, I had to ask myself: how did that foot get there?
Dragging out funny
The only honor the remake is likely to vie for is “most athletic sex scene” at the MTV Movie Awards. That, or “most audible queef.”
Plays like a Wikipedia page
All mountains, monks, and a soundtrack of wailing women, Neten Chokling’s film opens with the announcement of a birth.
Raves from Mr. Skin
Feast of Love is a title that promises either extra helpings of the mysteries of the human heart or a smorgasbord of multiple positions.
A tale of a megalomaniac as told by a narcissist
As I see it, Penn and Chris are both self-indulgent bores.
A surreal oddity that jells
And so as dad persists in scuba-diving in shit, Miranda surrenders her childhood for her father’s delusional shenanigans.
The big ideas get out, despite clumsy dialogue
Modern American psychotronica needs Larry Fessenden.
Aching with ambiguity
It doesn’t shy from the facts or the complexities but might still attract viewers with its genre dynamics and appealing performances.
Exploring saintlike passion
This documentary by Jim Brown offers an inspiring portrait of America’s most enduring folk artist.
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