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How did the Polish filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska dupe the classy Juliette Binoche to participate in such a dubious, exploitative film?
Dubious and exploitative
| May 11, 2012
A "Blue," "White," and "Red" Christmas
Not many shopping days remain for those buying holiday gifts so if you were thinking of getting me a little something, this boxed set of...
| December 21, 2011
Review: Certified Copy
With films like Taste of Cherry, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has matched primal themes with self-conscious, self-reflective artifice to make some of the greatest movies of recent years.
Precious rather than profound, sententious rather than wise
| April 01, 2011
Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
| May 28, 2010
Cédric Klapisch's serendipitous interweaving of the lives of disparate characters in the title city never resorts to the contrivance and manipulation of Paul Haggis's Oscar winner, but there are some close calls.
What's the French word for Crash ?
| September 25, 2009
(10) days of celluloid
Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
| July 10, 2009
Review: Summer Hours
In his understated, intricate L'heure d'été , Olivier Assayas comments on globalization and materialism by way of a simple story of three siblings dividing the contents of their mother's estate in rural France.
| May 22, 2009
Year in Film: Risky business
Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
| December 22, 2008
Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge|The Flight of the Red Balloon
Such a multiple remove from a concrete object to various levels of simulation would probably be dizzying or even annoying as posed by any filmmaker other than the great Iranian auteur.
Clear and serene
| April 16, 2008
Dan in Real Life
What's wrong with Steve Carrell?
From comedy to crap
| October 24, 2007
Paris je t'aime
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
| May 23, 2007
Breaking and Entering
What with the Downs-syndrome boy in Notes on a Scandal and now the autistic girl in Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering , maybe the Brits are coming up with a subgenre of the family melodrama in which a spouse is driven to infidelity by a mental
Pretensions do not pay off
| February 07, 2007
Fractured fairy tales
Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
| December 28, 2006
Politics as usual?
Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
| January 26, 2006
Surveillance meshes unnoticed with the fabric of everyday life with unsettling formal wit in the beginning of Michael Haneke’s Caché .
Caché plays forbidden games
| January 11, 2006
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