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Film, "The Hunt": Kids Say the Damningest Things

"The Hunt": Kids Say the Damningest Things

The Hunt Oh, kids. You can't believe everything they say, but when they imply that they've been touched in an inappropriate manner, you have to believe them — even if that implication comes after a psychologist asks them leading questions,…
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Film, "Reality": Reality TV Paranoia

"Reality": Reality TV Paranoia

A richly empathetic experience, last year's Cannes Grand Prix winner from director Matteo Garrone (and a handful of co-writers) takes serious yet humorous pride in bearing witness to an aching soul. At the urging of his boisterous family, a Naples…
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Film, "House of Pleasures": Carnal Film Embraces Contradictions

"House of Pleasures": Carnal Film Embraces Contradictions

Early on in Bertrand Bonello's haunting, darkly gorgeous new film, House of Pleasures, a client of the titular turn-of-the-20th-century brothel calls The War of the Worlds, the book he's just read,"idiotic but pure genius." That a "guilty" pleasure can have…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strength Amid Violent Acts

Strength Amid Violent Acts

As in his equally exceptional last film, Secret Sunshine (2007), Lee Chang-dong's Poetry is a perfectly paced and performed character study of a woman raising a child on her own who must contend with a heinous act of violence. In…
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Film, "Rubber": Quentin Dupieux Directs a Homicidal Tire

"Rubber": Quentin Dupieux Directs a Homicidal Tire

Until now, quirky French artist, electro-house musician, and filmmaker Quentin Dupieux — more commonly known by his pseudonym, Mr. Oizo — had reached his widest audience with a series of Levi's commercials featuring a head-banging yellow puppet. His career should…
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Film, "Kaboom": Gregg Araki's Beautiful Horndogs Get Blown

"Kaboom": Gregg Araki's Beautiful Horndogs Get Blown

As spacey as its title suggests, Gregg Araki's latest youth film is an occult mystery set in the ultimate SoCal college playpen. Kaboom is Scooby Doo with sex, drugs, and tattooed hotties; following on the heels of Araki's relatively commercial…
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Film, "The Housemaid": An unsatisfying update to the sexy postwar original

"The Housemaid": An unsatisfying update to the sexy postwar original

Fifty years after Kim Ki-young's postwar hothouse original, Im Sang-soo attempts a sleek, breathless update to the tale of a household riven by a sexy domestic. This time around, instead of a family-man music teacher getting ensnared, a bored, feckless…
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Calendar, Night&Day Manila Confidential

Manila Confidential

In the Tarantino era, when a machine gun (or a baseball bat) isn’t a weapon so much as a punch line, directors have a hell of a time getting moviegoers to feel violence. Any serious attempt to go even further,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Inuit

Get Inuit

Maybe you're a person of letters, or you’re just nonplussed by the heartless 3-D sugar-shock seduction of much cinema today. No one is asking you to keep those stupid glasses at home and buy yet another evolved television so things…
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Film, In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in Inglourious Basterds

Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment — rich in fantasy and blithely amoral. It's also quintessential Tarantino — even more drenched in film references than gore. Tepidly received in Cannes and thereafter tweaked,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Lion's Den</i>

Lion's Den

Pablo Trapero’s unpretentious prison drama wasn’t exceptional enough to win the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes, but what’s downright neglectful is that his star/producer/wife, Martina Gusman, didn’t skulk away with a Best Actress prize. Entering catatonic and submissive (and…
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Film, <i>Thirst</i>: A vampire movie worthy of <i>The Hunger</i>

Thirst: A vampire movie worthy of The Hunger

Finally, there's a vampire movie worthy of the title The Hunger — even if it arrives under the more potable name Thirst. Carnal appetite, not a parched palate, is the accelerant that fuels this perverse, prankish, and merrily anti-clerical exercise…
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Film, Francis Ford Coppola talks film, critics, and marriage

Francis Ford Coppola talks film, critics, and marriage

Out from under the $25 million debt incurred from self-financing Apocalypse Now and One from the Heart, and so no longer seduced by Hollywood moolah, 70-year-old wine mogul — and, oh, yeah, legendary filmmaker — Francis Ford Coppola returns to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tulpan

Tulpan

A small mob of camels stampede by a nomad’s tent. Inside, a young guy in a sailor suit sits on the rug, cheerfully recounting his death struggle with an octopus to the impassive middle-aged couple he’s hoping will be his…
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Film, Sergei Dvortsevoy has his way with camels and shepherds alike in <i>Tulpan</i>

Sergei Dvortsevoy has his way with camels and shepherds alike in Tulpan

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 young guy in a sailor suit sits on the rug, cheerfully recounting his death struggle…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hunger

Hunger

Established artists who’ve made mid-career leaps from gallery to movie house have not easily found their footing. But British video artist Steve McQueen is the exception. Hunger—which won the prize for best first feature at Cannes last May—is a superbly…
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Film, Film Feature Che, Cannes, and High-Def Video

Che, Cannes, and High-Def Video

Steven Soderbergh tends to travel light — even when he has a movie camera tucked inside his suitcase. That's how the filmmaker set off on a recent Japanese press tour where, between interviews, he used a lightweight high-definition video camera…
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Film, One-Ton Guerrilla

One-Ton Guerrilla

Editor's note: Just after we went to press, we learned that this movie's release date had changed to January 16. And so the endless campaign wraps up with a flurry of virtual leaders. Richard Nixon will always be part of…
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Film, Film Feature

Cannes Class of 2008

CANNES, France—Wading through 20-odd movies in half as many languages, each Cannes jury supplies its own dramatic narrative, to be interpreted according to its president's presumed taste. Days before the 61st Cannes Film Festival ended, rumors were rife that the…
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Film, Film Feature Shots in the Dark

Shots in the Dark

CANNES, France—No need for dreaming here. Each Cannes Film Festival generates its own metaphors for a 10-day regimen of visions in the dark. It's impossible to forget, let alone transcend, one's unnatural situation here. The opening film of Cannes's 2008…
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