Friday, May 1 2009
The limits of control are simultaneously intimate and global. And Isaac De Bankolé's face reveals just as much as you can know.
Sunday, April 26 2009
May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.
Wednesday, February 18 2009
Tuesday, January 13 2009
Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.
Thursday, April 24 2008
Thursday, April 17 2008
Tender and detailed, Thomas McCarthy's movie features beautiful performances, but is grounded in a fundamental difficulty, that Walter's education is achieved by his engagement with brown and black people.
Sunday, July 8 2007
After the initial early promise of its opening 15 minutes or so, the film resorts to spinning its wheels, then driving down dead-end alleys, and then plowing head-long into exactly the sort of heavy-handed didactic symbolism that gives me fits and has me reaching for the remote.
Monday, August 21 2006
The Syrian Bride, like Walk on Water and the Oscar-nominated Paradise Now, is part of the optimistic Israeli New Wave in filmmaking, these days. And it's well worth watching.
Tuesday, May 9 2006
The first shot of Amos Gitai's new film is arresting. Natalie Portman cries for eight minutes.
Monday, March 20 2006
How might efforts to fathom suicide bombers' motives make them too much like their potential victims -- that is, everyone else -- and thus unmake the difference that defines everyone else?"