October 9, 2008 A leaner, more linear version of a 1994 drama from cult director Wong Kar-wai; entrancingly atmospheric, emotionally elusive and saturated with colors so vivid as to verge on the psychedelic. (Recommended).
October 2, 2008 Would you see a movie about patenting the intermittent windshield wiper? It's a modestly stylish movie, but critic Mark Jenkins says the answer may depend on your interest in, well ... patenting the intermittent windshield wiper.
October 2, 2008 Austerely beautiful and emotionally candid, Lance Hammer's debut melds plain-spoken American realism with oblique European minimalism. A study in stalemated lives, it's as dread-filled as a Robert Johnson song — though never that direct.
September 18, 2008 Wayne Wang's low-key father-daughter story succeeds less with the peaks and valleys of its family drama than with the gently amusing immigrants-discovering-America vignettes it offers.
September 18, 2008 Based on events — anti-globalization protests turned violent — that occurred barely a decade ago, Stuart Townsend's directorial debut plays like an update of '30s social melodrama.
September 18, 2008 A New Yorker and his cousins relocate a North Carolina plantation house. In the process, they grapple with the legacy of their common ancestors — those who lived there, and those who worked its land.
September 5, 2008 The Pang Brothers' partially sanitized remake of their own 1999 thriller is hardly philosophical. Its style and its soul are more Asian than American — and it leaves some space for contemplation between shootouts.
August 22, 2008 Audacious Czech dramedy feels a bit like an Eastern European Forrest Gump — though its protagonist isn't quite so innocent, and the tumultuous times he lives through are markedly harsher. (Recommended)
August 14, 2008 The Luke Wilson vehicle is a parable of averted martyrdom that turns on a Roman Catholic notion of the miraculous — though its fundamental message is closer to a Hallmark card than to the New Testament.
August 14, 2008 There are ominous goings-on, yes — a murder, even — but mostly what gets slashed in Claude Chabrol's wittily accomplished new black comedy are bourgeois facades and upright reputations.
August 8, 2008 Isabel Coixet's film follows a refined formula — acclaimed actors, source material by Philip Roth, a classy soundtrack. But the gentility of tone masks, when it might contrast, a brute of a protagonist.
August 1, 2008 The latest Mummy-franchise flick moves from the Nile Delta to the Yellow River Basin. If it makes a hash of history, it's an engaging homage to Chinese movies that earlier plundered the Qin emperor's grave.
July 17, 2008 A twisted take on the usual Hong Kong crime film, Mad Detective is a psychologically harrowing thriller with a supernatural side. It even possesses elements of another Asian cinematic staple: the ghost story.
June 27, 2008 Walter Mitty meets Lara Croft, and then both pretend they're in The Matrix. That's Hollywood's latest hymn to hit men, a brutal but lazily plotted actioner from Russia's Timur Bekmambetov.
June 26, 2008 The French box-office smash is overstuffed with conspiracies, but beautifully constructed and thematically rich — so it remains a pleasure even as the story becomes increasingly implausible.
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