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  • 3:10 to Yuma

    published September 6, 2007

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

  • The Treatment

    published August 16, 2007

    No less than Spider-Man 3, Oren Rudavsky's The Treatment is an urban fairy tale. It's an Upper-West-Side story, adapted from... More >>

  • Rescue Dawn

    published July 19, 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 >>

  • La Vie en Rose

    published June 14, 2007

    Uplifted beyond its merits by a stunning performance from Marion Cotillard, the humdrum biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose, jogs... 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 Denominatorism writ large and engraved in stone like the Ten Commandments according to Cecil B. DeMille, the Hollywood blockbuster... More >>

  • Day Night Day Night

    published June 7, 2007

    Afrail-looking young woman, outfitted with a bomb, wanders through Times Square — finger on the switch, searching for the moment to blow up.... More >>

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    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 >>

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    published May 31, 2007

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

  • Jindabyne

    published May 24, 2007

    Mystery man of the long-ago Australian new wave, Ray Lawrence has evidently grown less finicky. Lawrence, now 59, made his feature debut with the... 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... More >>

  • Offside

    published April 26, 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 his... More >>

  • Killer of Sheep

    published April 19, 2007

    There are first films like Citizen Kane or Breathless, which, as radically new and fully achieved as they are, unfairly overshadow... 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 April 5, 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 >>

  • Old Joy

    published March 8, 2007

    A dozen years ago, Kelly Reichardt made her feature debut with a wonderfully desultory, nearly avant-garde riff on the last romantic couple.... 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 an anarchic mess factor worthy... More >>

  • Mafioso

    published March 8, 2007

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

  • Smokin' Aces

    published January 25, 2007

    New-school genre junk food: Take a Tarantino wannabe with Sundance credentials, add a large, famous-enough cast and a show-biz backdrop, season... More >>

  • Pan’s Labyrinth

    published January 18, 2007

    Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan¹s Labyrinth is something alchemical. To an astonishing degree, the 42-year-old... More >>

  • The Good German

    published January 18, 2007

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

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