Raising Victor Vargas

Brooklyn-born, New York University graduate Peter Sollett’s debut feature, Raising Victor Vargas, is as refreshing a movie experience as they come. Though he originally developed his screenplay in Sundance workshops with the intention of shooting in the Italian and  ...

Irreversible

Irreversible arrives with the kind of reputation for shock held by Salo and Baby of Macon. Its early brutality involving a fire extinguisher and a later eight minute rape sequence are already famous. Bluntly put, this isn’t a movie  ...

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2003

Among New York City’s annual cinephilic events, only the New York Film Festival and the New Directors/New Films series gathers more attention than The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Rendez-vous with French Cinema” program at the Walter Reade theater.  ...

Shanghai Knights

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com A sequel to Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights is the kind of movie for which one expects all of the best lines and spectacular action to be in the  ...

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale at first seems like just another sleek suspense thriller. The plot of a nasty woman betraying a nasty man who then comes after her is similar to The Last Seduction, which also happened to feature the last  ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

"a game that captivates and frustrates us in all the right ways" Each new generation takes over the mantle of older ones, and Peter Jackson now reigns supreme as filmdom’s foremost fantasist while the Star Wars series, now seemingly  ...

Blackboards (Takhte siah)

Samira Makhmalbaf first came to prominence with her first film, The Apple, which she made when she was only 17. Of course Samira was no ordinary 17-year old, being the daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of Iran’s most famous  ...

Hell House

Hell House is a documentary about Dallas’ Pentecostal Trinity Church and the controversial haunted house that it puts on each Halloween. In depicting a gay man dying of AIDS and cursing God for it, a girl who attends  ...

Talk to Her (Habla con Ella)

Talk to Her opens with a scene from Pina Bausch’s Cafe Muller.Two older women (one of them Bausch herself) in translucent slips blindly stagger about a stage littered with chairs and desks while a Puck of a man scampers  ...

Personal Velocity

Personal Velocity opens with a lyrical, impressionistic credit sequence of little girls on swings. Music that plays like a variation on Bach’s Prelude in C Major underscores the sunlight-drenched scene. It leads the way into a movie of handheld-camera  ...