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Newcomer indie director Ramin Bahrani spins a sparse tale told in cinema verité of contemporary immigrant life in Manhattan. In Man Push Cart, one-time Pakistani rock star Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) is now a contemporary displaced person, a working-poor immigrant seeking  ...

To Catch a Fire

To Catch a Fire Directed by Phillip Noyce A look at the body of work of Australian director Phillip Noyce reveals a striking transformation in recent years. The director whose career took off with the Australian import  ...

8 1/2 Women

Peter Greenaway’s 8 1/2 Women begins on a grief note: the immeasurably rich Philip Emmenthal (John Standing) beckons his son Storey (Matthew Delamere) home when Storey’s mother dies. The older man is inconsolable, and father and son spend their  ...

After Stonewall

Suggested reading: Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School & College Students (1994), Kevin Jennings (Editor) Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America  ...

Any Given Sunday

The ubiquitous trailer for Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday jostles vertiginous shots of bone-crunching football action against extreme close-ups of Al Pacino yelling, all set to a thundering hip-hop beat. It may well be the most chaotic, ear-splitting two  ...

Best in Show

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Christopher Guest specializes in people who, desperately needing to feel like somebody but lacking legitimate talent, impersonate achievers. They’re karaoke singers. Best in Show is a "mockumentary" (a form  ...

Black Cat, White Cat

Three parts surreal slapstick to one part romantic comedy, Black Cat, White Cat tells the story of two extended gypsy families living on the Danube River. The patriarchs of the families, Grga Pitic (Sabri Sulejmani) and Zarije Destanov (Zabit  ...

Break a Leg

When the first thing heard on a movie soundtrack is the sound of a toilet flushing, it forebodes either another of those tired, bathroom-humor comedies or an unimaginative director desperately trying to grab attention and energize a lackluster product.  ...

The Celebration

The Celebration is a powerful film about a highly dysfunctional family. It is well written in dramatic terms, opening as family members and guests arrive at the family owned inn, proceeding with scenes among various individuals in this menage  ...

The Emperor’s New Groove

The Disney shop often delivers cookie-cutter animated features, repeated variations on tried-and-true formulas. On occasion, (Fantasia 2000), they bore the kids, even as they slight the intelligence of the audience of all ages. But from time to time the  ...