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  • Mickey Rourke Triumphs in The Wrestler

    published December 18, 2008

    The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it’s no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic... More >>

  • Nixon in a Deep Frost

    published December 11, 2008

    I hear America singing, and I see ... Richard Nixon. Not the man but the muse: Has any president since Lincoln inspired more movies, TV... More >>

  • Gus Van Sant's Milk Spotlights Gay Rights

    published November 27, 2008

    Gus Van Sant has never been what you'd call a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully there might be a Ming... More >>

  • Oliver Stone's W.

    published October 16, 2008

    W. might be less frenzied than the usual Oliver Stone sensory bombardment, but in revisiting the early '00s by way of the late '60s,... More >>

  • Bill Maher's Religulous Goes Nowhere

    published October 2, 2008

    Redolent of Roman decadence and authority gone mad, the title Religulous rolls pleasingly off the tongue. But Bill Maher's one-man... More >>

  • Intolerable Cruelty

    published September 11, 2008

    Masters of the carefully crafted cheap shot, Joel and Ethan Coen have built a career on flippancy. Given their refusal to take anything... More >>

  • Back ... and Loving It

    published June 19, 2008

    As old Broadway shows are revived, new Broadway shows get spun from old movies so that new movies may be fashioned from ancient TV series. It's... More >>

  • Get Out of Jail Free

    published June 12, 2008

    It's been 20 years since Errol Morris made The Thin Blue Line — a found "noir" that served to free an innocent man convicted of... More >>

  • Cannes: A jury divided unites around Laurent Cantet's schoolhouse drama

    published May 29, 2008

    CANNES, France — Wading through 20-odd movies in half as many languages, each Cannes jury supplies its own dramatic narrative, to be... More >>

  • Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone.

    published May 22, 2008

    CANNES, France — No need for dreaming here. Each Cannes Film Festival generates its own metaphors for a 10-day regimen of visions in the... More >>

  • Presenting the only Cannes awards that really matter: Ours.

    published May 22, 2008

    CANNES, France — The competition for the Palme d'Or is ongoing as I write, but the story of the 61st Cannes Film Festival is Steven... More >>

  • Fast Track to Nowhere

    published May 8, 2008

    Converting a fondly remembered cartoon series — one of the first Japanese animes syndicated on American television — into a... More >>

  • Warrior King

    published May 8, 2008

    David Mamet's Redbelt is a tricky bar brawl — call it the Roundhouse of Games. The writer-director has scarcely abandoned... More >>

  • Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

    published April 17, 2008

    Morgan Spurlock, the daredevil documentarian who lived on Big Macs for a month and turned this exercise in "body art" into the 2004 hit... More >>

  • Jimmy Carter Man from Plains

    published January 17, 2008

    Jonathan Demme, who directed Tom Hanks to an Oscar as the AIDS-afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia, might be the most well-meaning... More >>

  • California Burning

    published January 3, 2008

    A great brooding thundercloud of a movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood arrives as if from nowhere on a gust of... More >>

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