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  • A Mountainous Achievement

    published December 25, 2003

    Anthony Minghella's magnificent film version of the Civil War epic Cold Mountain has much more going for it than Hollywood grandeur.... More >>

  • Homeland Insecurity

    published December 25, 2003

    For those who pay no mind to Oprah, the dispute at the heart of House of Sand and Fog concerns the occupancy of a run-down... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published December 25, 2003

    At first glance, it seems odd that French surrealist filmmaker Georges Franju began as a documentarian. But his non-fiction visit to a... More >>

  • This Does Not Compute

    published December 18, 2003

    Most of us never come close to solving the great mysteries of life. You know: What's a "Hoya"? Do Jesus and Mohammed get together for lunch? How... More >>

  • Lotsa Luck

    published December 18, 2003

    William H. Macy's plain-vanilla features and hangdog screen demeanor have served him well. Who could resist him as the clueless car dealer who... More >>

  • Au Revoir

    published December 18, 2003

    Evidently, the French-Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand has a tremendous capacity for dividing the art-movie/film-fest crowd into enemy camps.... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published December 18, 2003

    The third Longmont Film Festival gets under way Thursday, December 18, with Ernst Lubitsch's heartwarming 1940 classic The Shop Around the... More >>

  • Rage Against the Machine

    published December 11, 2003

    On its surface, Jose Padilha's absorbing documentary Bus 174 shows us how a homeless 21-year-old named Sandro Rosa de Nascimento... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published December 11, 2003

    As an alternative to the conventional wisdom emanating from the Pentagon and the White House, Robert Greenwald's scalding documentary... More >>

  • Busted Broncs

    published December 4, 2003

    That ominous rumble gaining volume in the mean saloons and unhappy living rooms of Denver is the sound of a citizen army being mustered. Taking up... More >>

  • Macho Man in Japan

    published December 4, 2003

    In his career as a Hollywood action figure, Tom Cruise has been dressed in some pretty hip outfits -- a macho fighter pilot's sleek leather... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published December 4, 2003

    Every year, Santa eats the cookies. Every year, Uncle Elmer overdoes it on the eggnog and lurches into the Christmas tree. And every year, good... More >>

  • Pucks Come to the Barn

    published November 20, 2003

    Five or six years ago, the Montreal Canadiens got around to sending Ralph Backstrom a chunky, diamond-encrusted gold ring to commemorate the six... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published November 20, 2003

    Director Jean-Luc Godard, once the enfant terrible of France's New Wave, was never much known for his charm. The groundbreaking... More >>

  • Muck, Raked

    published November 13, 2003

    In the annals of fraud and fakery, a discredited ex-magazine reporter named Stephen Glass will probably end up as a mere footnote. The people who... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published November 13, 2003

    The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, a collection of ten new films that address social and political unrest in Rwanda, the Middle... More >>

  • Tally-Ho, Carmelo

    published November 6, 2003

    Having seen the bright lights of Syracuse, New York, Carmelo Anthony thinks Denver is "a slow town." But there's nothing slow about the way... More >>

  • Killing Routines

    published November 6, 2003

    The spooky beauty of Elephant, Gus Van Sant's strange take on the Columbine massacre, arises not from the shock of sudden violence,... More >>

  • Getting Under the Skin

    published October 30, 2003

    The riddles of identity that drive and disturb Philip Roth's impressive body of fiction usually focus on contemporary Jewish characters whose... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published October 30, 2003

    That crazy little girl hidden away behind a cold, white bedroom door in Georgetown, with her mouthful of pea soup and her patented 360-degree... More >>

  • In the Lead

    published October 23, 2003

    In a moment of candor, the hard-knocking jockey Sonny Werkman once said of his trade: "Two things there ain't in this world: lady hookers and... More >>

  • It's All Good

    published October 23, 2003

    That a new feel-good sports movie called Radio contrives to move us is just fine; that's what feel-good sports movies are supposed... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published October 23, 2003

    Richard Brooks's brilliant adaptation of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (1967) remains one of the most chilling true-crime films ever... More >>

  • Smooth Sayles-ing

    published October 16, 2003

    The six vivid women thrown together by fate in John Sayles's Casa de los Babys are frequently divided by their bickering, but they... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published October 16, 2003

    This year's North American tour of The Animation Show, opening Wednesday, October 22, and running through Friday, October 24, as... More >>

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