Russian Dolls (Les Poupees russes)

Russian Dolls is Cedric Klapisch’s sequel to his joyful 2002 European melting pot romp, L’Auberge Espagnol. Five years later, Xavier (Romain Duris, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is a freelance writer forced to take on odd jobs like  ...

13 (Tzameti)

First time writer-director Gela Babluani certainly does one thing right with his feature, 13, if he ever wants to make another film, and that is get noticed. As first films go, it’s not a terribly well-written film like Whit  ...

Battle in Heaven

Cotton and Lycra Cami with contrasting black trim and black straps on either a pink or heather gray body As Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura was in 1960, Carlos Reygadas’ Battle in Heaven was the enfant terrible at the 2005  ...

King Kong

Few movies really cry out to be remade. If they were done well enough the first time, then why bother? If they weren’t, they usually don’t provide the inspiration for a do over. After all, few turn out as  ...

Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s triptych of love through the ages, Three Times, falls prey to the unevenness of all omnibus films, but its first story, “A Time for Love,” is his strongest work since his peak in the 1980s (The Time  ...

Manderlay

Lars Von Trier could almost get a trademark on provocation by now. He heatedly divides many film critics over his works as to whether they are substantive social critiques or hermetically-sealed worlds of contrived manipulation. Either way, his handling  ...

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi)

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi) (2005) In accordance with the acclaim of recent South Korean cinema, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is just one of three films from that country featured at this year’s New York  ...

L’Enfant (The Child)

Taking the measure of human relationships: an interview with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne An article from Cineaste Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration While  ...

The Devil’s Rejects

Putting atrocities on film and shocking an audience is not particularly difficult. Human history is sufficiently replete with horrors like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, much less Hitler and Pol Pot, that fiction writers don’t have to dream up.  ...

Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok)

Great openings more often than not, presage great movies. Think of Apocalypse Now’s hallucinatory reverie, Manhattan’s authorial difficulties, or Touch of Evil’s three-minute tracking shot. It’s also the case with Memories of Murder, the South Korean police procedural by  ...