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2006 Stories by Melissa Levine

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  • Letter-Box Edition

    published June 29, 2006

    It may not be an "iconic manifestation of civilization," as documentarian Ken Burns proclaims, but The New York Times crossword puzzle is... More >>

  • Das Boot

    published May 18, 2006

    The coming-out tale Summer Storm is set at a rowing camp, where teams of boys and girls from around Germany train for a regatta. One... More >>

  • Way Down in the Hole

    published April 20, 2006

    Countless are the creative souls who struggle with mental illness, as are the novels and films dedicated to them. Again and again, we've... More >>

  • Lovely, Not Amazing

    published April 13, 2006

    In Nicole Holofcener's first feature, 1996's Walking and Talking, the writer-director warmly portrayed an adult female friendship, nudging... More >>

  • Dreams Deferred

    published April 13, 2006

    The Boys of Baraka, a fine documentary about a group of inner-city, at-risk boys who travel to Kenya to attend a special school,... More >>

  • Naomi Then and Now

    published April 13, 2006

    Ellie Parker (Strand) This extremely raw portrait of an actress trying -- and failing -- to make it in Hollywood... More >>

  • Misery Train

    published April 6, 2006

    At the opening of Lonesome Jim, a terrific new film directed by Steve Buscemi, a country song plays behind scenes of small-town... More >>

  • Biblical Contortions

    published March 30, 2006

    If you're craving an antidote to the sanctity of repressed gay cowboys, you could do worse than Adam & Steve. This good-natured... More >>

  • Now You See Them

    published March 23, 2006

    Breasts: A Documentary (First Run) Honest, compassionate, and funny, this documentary is remarkable for the bravery of its... More >>

  • Jingle Hell

    published March 16, 2006

    It can't be easy making films about war. It's so inherently dramatic that, as a setting for art, it's overdetermined; it drips with meaning even... More >>

  • Free for All

    published March 9, 2006

    If you plan to see The Libertine, an artful and brooding period piece about a scandalously debauched earl of the English... More >>

  • The Great Cash-In

    published March 2, 2006

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's... More >>

  • Suspended Sentence

    published February 23, 2006

    As scientific advances have made forensic DNA matching a reality, a new field has emerged in criminal justice: exoneration. In cases where... More >>

  • Take This Woman

    published February 16, 2006

    It happens so often these days. A comedy opens with clever jokes, endearing characters and an enjoyably brisk pace, all of which put you at ease.... More >>

  • Like Star Trek with Worms

    published February 2, 2006

    Dune: Extended Edition (Universal) On paper it sounds insane: A mammoth sci-fi epic directed by David Lynch, based on an... More >>

  • Valley of the Dolls

    published January 26, 2006

    The big news about Bubble, the new film by director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic), is the way it's... More >>

  • Now Dirtier than Ever

    published January 26, 2006

    The Aristocrats (Lions Gate) The single joke around which Paul Provenza's documentary revolves has a standard beginning and... More >>

  • Heath in Heat

    published January 5, 2006

    For your Heath Ledger holiday-movie options, you have the following: a) a cowboy in love with another man; and b) history's most infamous... More >>

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