Yi Yi

The critic William Pechter once wrote this about Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner: Nothing much happens, except that some people, the place they inhabit, and the quality of their lives are brought vividly before us. Which is to say  ...

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer has an improbable back-story that emerges as the plot trudges forward. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, the father, husband, and washed-up astronaut-in-training of the film’s title. Farmer’s own  ...

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Al Franken: God Spoke (2006) Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus, directors www.godspokefilm.com A funny thing happened to Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus on the way to making their documentary on Reverend Al Sharpton. While  ...

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Le Petit Lieutenant is an absorbing French police procedural drama that follows the initiation of a young lieutenant into a Paris plain-clothes detective unit. Antoine Derouère (Jalil Lespert) is an amiable, naïve, yet ambitious  ...

OUT 1 (1971)

OUT 1 (1971) Like any other art or craft, cinema has its share of obsessive aesthetes. Among these cinephiles, there exist certain rare objects of legend that only the most devout pursue. Think  ...

Synecdoche, New York:

Directed by Charlie Kaufman Written by Charlie Kaufman Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Watson Run Time: 123 minutes MPAA Rating: Rated R http://www.sonyclassics.com/synecdocheny/ To call Synecdoche,  ...

Triad Election

Triad Election In the hey day of Hong Kong cinema, that is, the early 1990s, one would be surprised to hear that a decade later, Johnnie To, would be the most industrious director working in the  ...

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Buddhism is a strange religion to us Westerners. Buddhists do not have a God, nor do they have the consolation prize of life after death. They do believe in reincarnation, though it’s more like a necessary pit stop  ...

The Bachelor

It's a rare comedy that is so painfully unfunny that it earns not a single laugh. The Bachelor, based loosely on Buster Keaton's 1925 Seven Chances, is a monotonous, charmless travesty, easily the worst film I've endured this year.  ...

Black and White

Whatever else you want to say about him, James Toback knows how to get your attention. The writer/director's new film opens with an interracial menage a trois performed in broad daylight in Central Park and observed by a passing  ...