La Petite Lili

How well viewers respond to Claude Miller’s new film, La Petite Lili, will probably have a lot to do with how they respond to the lead actress, French starlet Ludivine Sagnier.A coltish beauty who made a name for herself  ...

Tarnation

Less a film than a full-fledged personal exorcism, Tarnation calls to mind the trend toward video self-revelation that also drove last year’s horrific and riveting Capturing the Friedmans. Depicting a damaged and broken family caught in a firestorm of  ...

Vera Drake

One of the world’s most assured filmmakers, Mike Leigh’s new film is yet another foray into period-piece filmmaking, after 1999’s Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy. Eschewing that film’s fin-de-siecle giddiness, Vera Drake is a piercing study set in post-World  ...

Criminal

Criminal is the flashy Hollywood remake of a taut, unassuming little Argentine film called Nine Queens. Released in the U.S. in 2002, Nine Queens received fair reviews for its sturdy plotting and prescient political acuity.Essentially a con movie that  ...

Festival Express

The close of the 1960s represents the pinnacle of the rock-festival era. 1969 unleashed two now-legendary festivals into rock’s collective unconscious: a three-day journey-to-Mecca in upstate New York and Altamont Speedway’s disturbing Rolling Stones showcase (itself the site of  ...

Gokudo kyofu dai-gekijo: Gozu

Takashi Miike is arguably the hardest working man in cinema. Since 1991, he’s directed over 60 features in his native Japan, often releasing five films a year during periods of (for him) only modest output. With the international release  ...

Kinsey

At one point about midway through the last century, Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey was the second-most recognized man in the country, outside of the president. If this seems strange to a generation that came of age after the social  ...