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  • Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

    published December 20, 2007

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

  • The Walker

    published December 13, 2007

    Paul Schrader's cinema is largely defined by the pathology of his male protagonists, and with The Walker, he's added a striking... More >>

  • Like a Complete Unknown

    published November 29, 2007

    I'm Not There is the movie of the year — but to whom does Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic actually belong, and when was it really... More >>

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    published November 15, 2007

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is less Sidney Lumet's comeback than his resurrection. Three years after being presented a... More >>

  • American Gangster

    published November 1, 2007

    American Gangster is a movie with obvious gravitas and a familiar argument: Organized crime is outsider capitalism. As archetypal as... More >>

  • Eastern Promises

    published September 13, 2007

    I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original and consistently excellent North American director of... More >>

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    published September 6, 2007

    Puffing and puffing to resuscitate a long-moribund genre, James Mangold manages to imbue a 50-year-old western with the semblance of life.... More >>

  • Saying Goodbye to Two Giants of Cinema

    published August 9, 2007

    Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously... More >>

  • Rescue Dawn

    published July 12, 2007

    Nothing if not appropriate for summer blockbuster season, Werner Herzog's latest feature, based on his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to... More >>

  • Sicko

    published June 28, 2007

    We're Americans. We go into other countries when we need to. It's tricky, but it works." So declares Michael Moore in the midst of his new... More >>

  • A Mighty Heart

    published June 21, 2007

    A skilled actor vanishes into a role; a movie star appropriates it. As presence trumps character, the star personifies Brecht's alienation effect,... More >>

  • Nancy Drew

    published June 14, 2007

    So lame it's...cool? Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming's attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie... More >>

  • Ocean's Thirteen

    published June 7, 2007

    Lowest Common Denominator-ism writ large and engraved in stone like the Ten Commandments according to Cecil B. DeMille, the Hollywood blockbuster... More >>

  • Cannes d'Awards

    published May 31, 2007

    Cannes, France — The 60th Cannes Film Festival was a generous one — and so was its jury, bestowing the Palme d'Or on the least... More >>

  • America Cannes

    published May 24, 2007

    Cannes, France -- The world's preeminent film festival celebrated its 60th birthday party -- the opening banquet catered by the world's hippest,... More >>

  • Palme d'Hoberman

    published May 24, 2007

    Cannes, France -- Sometimes the competition is actually competitive. No one disputes that the official section at the 60th Cannes Film... More >>

  • Offside

    published May 3, 2007

    Jafar Panahi is a paradoxical populist. He makes crowd-pleasing art movies, often set in the midst of life the urban crowd is one of hi... More >>

  • Black Book

    published April 19, 2007

    Holland's gift to world cinema, Paul Verhoeven can be a very bad boy and a very good filmmaker. Any of his movies could have been titled Basic... More >>

  • Inland Empire

    published March 29, 2007

    No director works closer to his unconscious than David Lynch, and, stimulated by the use of amateur digital video technology, his latest feature... More >>

  • Mafioso

    published March 22, 2007

    Alberto Lattuada's tricky-to-parse Mafioso dates from 1962 but, with its abrupt tonal shifts and disturbing existential... More >>

  • The Host

    published March 8, 2007

    Gross-out horror is never far from comedy, and The Host, Bong Joon-ho's giddy creature feature, has the anarchic mess factor worthy... More >>

  • Nostalgia Trip

    published January 25, 2007

    The Good German, directed by Steven Soderbergh from Joseph Kanon's bestseller, is as much simulation as movie. Specifically, it's... More >>

  • Magic Touch

    published January 11, 2007

    Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth is something alchemical. To an astonishing degree, the 42-year-old... More >>

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