Reviews > Film

16 Mar 2007 // 2:00 AM

Premonition (2007)

Sandra Bullock's new thriller takes a tedious turn by suggesting the woman in trouble is "crazy".

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14 Mar 2007 // 2:00 AM

Beyond the Gates (2005)

Beyond the Gates, based on a true story from the the 1994 Rwandan genocide, suggests that ignorance and sense of privilege make a dangerous combination.

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13 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Ultimate Gift (2006)

As in 300, all plot events, visual compositions, and supporting others are in place to redeem, enlighten, and celebrate the straight white male protagonist.

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12 Mar 2007 // 2:00 AM

The Namesake (2006)

Attentive to surfaces as well as nuances, Mira Nair's adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, The Namesake, is about legacies and responsibilities, ambitions and dislocations.

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9 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

300 (2007)

Spartans! Simple and resonant, this call to identity comes up frequently in 300, the film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel.

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9 Mar 2007 // 12:59 AM

The Host (Gwoemul) (2006)

The buzz of 2006's Cannes festival, Bong Joon-ho's The Host offers all sorts of visual surprises.

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Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)

Like the onset of hormones, Cam Archer's Wild Tigers I have Known mixes a heady swirl of daydreams and stripped-down self-awareness.

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6 Mar 2007 // 12:00 AM

Gray Matters (2006)

The doctor says, "I think you need to let the idea of sharing your life with someone other than your brother enter your consciousness." No kidding.

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5 Mar 2007 // 12:00 AM

Mafioso (1962)

First released in 1962, this dark comedy is brilliantly odd, combining neorealist and broadly modernist aesthetics, its black and white compositions so ahead of their time that they still look more inventive than today's films, some 40 years later.

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2 Mar 2007 // 3:30 AM

Zodiac (2007)

David Fincher's excellent new movie winds clues and pursuits into an intriguing, often witty mix of causes and effects. In so doing, it rejiggers the police procedural.

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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)

Jasmila Žbanic's film follows a mother struggling to raise her daughter in the aftermath of the Balkan War.

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2 Mar 2007 // 1:58 AM

Black Snake Moan (2007)

Samuel L. Jackson's new Southern-fried movie is all about the blues.

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2 Mar 2007 // 1:57 AM

Wild Hogs (2007)

From the director responsible for Van Wilder, Wild Hogs is another thudding men-will-be-boys saga, this time populated by middle-agey stereotypes.

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Days of Glory (Indigènes) (2006)

Indigènes' generic structure is strategic, exposing French hypocrisy and inequality in the treatment of North African recruits.

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25 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

The Abandoned (2006)

Like the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, this bad place exacts revenge on ignorant interlopers.

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23 Feb 2007 // 3:00 AM

Amazing Grace (2006)

The movie's thematic insistence on seeing takes shape through slavery, a horrible moral blight even if it's off-screen in the colonies and not in London with our heroes.

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23 Feb 2007 // 12:00 AM

The Number 23 (2007)

The movie is at least nominally aware of the silliness of its device, that the finding of 23s in every frame is a game, that the meanings are more about readers' needs than some grand plan of the universe.

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23 Feb 2007 // 12:00 AM

The Astronaut Farmer (2007)

Audie has always believed Charlie will launch his rocket. And with one neat, maybe comical metaphor, it's very clear what's at stake.

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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Where other "kids' films" might instruct or condescend, Bridge to Terabithia treats children like what they will eventually become: grown-ups.

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20 Feb 2007 // 1:51 AM

Hannibal Rising (2007)

Hannibal's executions of the "primal scene" cannibals reveal his inclination for bizarre yuckiness.

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