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  • Avatar

    published December 17, 2009

    The money is on the screen in Avatar, James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and, like the... More >>

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

    published December 17, 2009

    The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara who,... More >>

  • Me and Orson Welles

    published December 10, 2009

    Standing O The most significant American artist before Andy Warhol to take "the media" as his medium, Orson Welles lives on not only in... More >>

  • The Road

    published November 26, 2009

    The Road, Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oprah-endorsed post-apocalyptic survivalist prose poem — in which a... More >>

  • Antichrist

    published November 5, 2009

    Lars von Trier's doggedly outrageous, fearsomely ambitious two-hander is so desperate to make you feel something — if only a terrible... More >>

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    published November 5, 2009

    Historical cataclysm produces conspiratorial thinking: Germany's loss in World War I, the JFK assassination and 9/11 are all naturally... More >>

  • Bronson

    published October 29, 2009

    The inmate who renamed himself after a Hollywood action star has been incarcerated for all but a few months of the past 34 years — thirty... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published October 29, 2009

    The inmate who renamed himself after a Hollywood action star has been incarcerated for all but a few months of the past 34 years — thirty of... More >>

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    published October 15, 2009

    Directed by Spike Jonze from a 400-word children's picture book first published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are may be the... More >>

  • Bright Star

    published September 24, 2009

    Set in the bucolic suburbs of early nineteenth-century London, as fresh and dewy as a newly mowed lawn, Jane Campion's Bright... More >>

  • Inglourious Basterds

    published August 20, 2009

    Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment —... More >>

  • Tulpan

    published July 23, 2009

    A small mob of camels stampedes by a nomad's tent, with something that might once have been a tractor eating the kicked-up dust. Inside, a... More >>

  • Bruno

    published July 9, 2009

    Heterosexuals can't understand camp because everything they do is camp," opined an associate of the old Play-House of the Ridiculous, a New... More >>

  • Whatever Works

    published July 2, 2009

    Character is destiny — at least for Woody Allen's Whatever Works. Allen's exercise in Woody Allen nostalgia opens with a... More >>

  • The Limits of Control

    published May 14, 2009

    Jim Jarmusch's anonymous anti-hero hitman (French-Ivorian actor Isaach De Bankolé), identified in the credits of The Limits of... More >>

  • State of Play

    published April 16, 2009

    Kevin Macdonald's Washington thriller is a bellows designed to puff up the most beaten-down reporter's chest. Compressed from the highly... More >>

  • Gomorrah

    published March 12, 2009

    Martin Scorsese may be presenting Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah, but this corrosive, slapdash, grimly exciting exposé... More >>

  • Watchmen

    published March 5, 2009

    The most eagerly anticipated (as well as the most beleaguered) movie of the year, Watchmen is neither desecratory disaster nor... More >>

  • Waltz With Bashir

    published January 8, 2009

    Ari Folman's broodingly original Waltz With Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an... More >>

  • The Wrestler

    published January 8, 2009

    The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it's no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic... More >>

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