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German with English subtitles Mattias Keilich, director Ever since the days popular German novelist Karl May placed his Old West characters Chief Winnetou and Old Shatterhand in situations ranging from the antebellum South to the opening of the Cherokee Strip,  ...

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder, the arty suspense flick from writer-director Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert), is so hyper-conscious of its own movie-ness that it’s hard to care very much about the characters moving  ...

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You has a somewhat jumbled story to tell, weaving together a mixture of material from Joyce Carol Oates short stories. Director Lisanne Skyler, who also co-wrote the screenplay, uses both flashbacks and stories within the story,  ...

The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

In the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee began revitalizing the American independent film, the popularity of which had waned considerably since John Cassavetes’ days. In the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Richard Linklater sent indie films into  ...

Ichigensan

Ichigensan is writer/director Isao Morimoto's first feature film and it is a triumph. From his camera panning slowly across the Ryooanji Monastery in Kyoto, to the stunning way he makes us pause as sightless Kyoko seduces Swiss literature student  ...

The Last Days

Suggested reading: Admitting the Holocaust - Collected Essays (1995), Lawrence L. Langer After Long Silence - A Memoir (1999), Helen Fremont After Survival - One Man's Mission in the Cause of Memory (1998), Leon  ...

Monsieur Hire

Monsieur Hire is a detective story that utterly transcends the genre. The elements of the detective story are all there: a crime (the murder of a 22 year old girl), a cop (unlikable, meanly intrusive), a suspect (Monsieur Hire  ...

My Name is Joe

. CV has been a Ken Loach fan for some time now, remembering not only his films focused on the lives of working class people (Riff-Raff, Ladybird Ladybird) but also his fine Spanish Civil War movie, Land and Freedom.  ...

Restaurant

Chris, Jeanine, Kenny, Reggae, Quincy and Nancy work at an upscale restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey, across the river from New York City. Leslie used to work there. Chris (Adrien Brody) likes Jeanine (Elise Neal) but hasn't really  ...

Solomon and Gaenor

Solomon and Gaenor is a first feature film for writer/director Paul Morrison, a documentarian crossing over to romantic drama. Morrison brings a fine director's eye to this production; the experience of his earlier filmmaking shows in his knowing use  ...