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Sunday, May 12 2013

Christopher Guest Does TV with HBO’s ‘Family Tree’

If the plot is thin, the show does offer other pleasures, including the actors’ improv skills, revealed in subtle and hilarious flashes of genius.


Monday, March 24 2008

The Grand

Werner Herzog plays The German. In another movie, this might be all you need to know.


Tuesday, January 29 2008

Joshua

Fear of your own child is exploited for maximum effect in this thriller, but there's little in the way of (believable) explanations for the characters’ actions.


Friday, July 6 2007

Joshua (2007)

At first, Joshua invites you almost to imagine the boy's sense of rejection and growing frustration.


Wednesday, August 24 2005

HOPELESs Pictures

Spoofing celebrities is easy. Finding the humor in a pitch meeting may be a little more complicated.


Thursday, April 24 2003

A Mighty Wind (2003)

In its focus on these reunited '60s folkies, 'Wind' engages in that most virulent form of nostalgia: '60s-itis.


Thursday, February 13 2003

The Guru (2002)

Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.


Friday, October 18 2002

The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"


Sunday, January 1 1995

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

Consider the view of Kevin Williamson, presently king of all he surveys. As writer-thinker-upper of the first two Screams, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the WB's hugely popular Dawson's Creek (and even given the failure of this past fall's network-offering, Wasteland), he has spread out before him a vast space of Yes.


This Is Spinal Tap (1984/2000)

Sixteen years ago, a young filmmaker named Marti DiBergi set out to capture, in his words, 'the sights, the sounds, and the smells' of a workhorse British rock band named Spinal Tap.


Best in Show (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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