January 31, 2008 Comedy and romantic conflicts abound in a Beirut beauty salon in Caramel, a kind of Lebanese Steel Magnolias. The premise isn't new, but the comedy is warm, observant and generous — so Caramel feels plenty fresh.
January 25, 2008 FBI agents track a serial killer who uses technology as his assassin's hood in Untraceable. The media and a voyeuristic public catch some blame in the gory deaths, but the result is less commentary and more "torture porn,' akin to the Saw films.
January 24, 2008 The title says it all, but somehow doesn't say enough. A rock concert writ very large — it's playing exclusively in IMAX theaters for now — this 3-D digital extravaganza captures U2 on a South American tour.
January 23, 2008 A new concert film featuring the band U2 was shot in digital 3-D. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's so realistic that he wanted to tell the guy sitting in front of him to stop waving his arms — then realized that the arms were on the screen.
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January 22, 2008 Australian actor Heath Ledger, whose role as a tormented gay ranch hand in Brokeback Mountain earned him an Oscar nomination two years ago, was found dead Tuesday in his New York apartment. Police say drugs might have been involved.
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January 18, 2008 Cloverfield, a new monster movie set in New York and filmed almost entirely on hand-held camcorders, is produced by J.J. Abrams, the man behind the hit TV show Lost.
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January 18, 2008 Lady Liberty loses her head in this film's opening moments, and everything from the Chrysler Building to the Brooklyn Bridge comes tumbling down thereafter. Which sounds reasonably exciting, but the Blair Godzilla Project conceit gets annoying fast.
January 17, 2008 Certain to inspire both outrage and sorrow, Alex Gibney's harrowing documentary — about the torture and abuse of suspected terrorists in U.S. military prisons — ranks among recent cinema's more excoriating moral indictments. (Recommended)
January 17, 2008 Woody Allen's unofficial London murder trilogy concludes with an (a)morality tale about a pair of mismatched brothers and the man they kill on their uncle's behalf. Ewan MacGregor and Colin Farrell star.
January 17, 2008 A perennial bridesmaid turns her closet into a shrine to her friends' bad taste, with 27 variously ghastly dresses preserved as a monument to her own self-sacrifice. Director Anne Fletcher thinks this behavior is adorable rather than certifiable.
January 10, 2008 A young mom and her family move to a dark, brooding country estate and act out a horror-movie version of Peter Pan. Directed by newcomer Juan Antonio Bayona, it's a creepily effective exercise in gothic technique.
January 10, 2008 Mark Obenhaus' extreme-skiing movie follows a few seemingly insane skiers as they attempt descents — not at ski resorts, but on mountains in the wilds of Iceland, Alaska and other spots not known for having ambulances and medics at hand.
January 10, 2008 There's an intriguing notion about the roots of rock 'n' roll nestled in this lackadaisical John Sayles opus, though it's pursued with more charm than energy. Smart performances from a strong cast can only go so far to make the slackly paced story sing.
December 31, 2007 It was a bonanza year for blockbusters — four topped the $300 million mark — but there was a trove of art-house gems, too. Herewith, Bob Mondello's 10 favorite films of 2007, plus an additional baker's dozen that deserve another mention at year's end.
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December 29, 2007 The week between Christmas and New Year's is always a box office bonanza for Hollywood. But for movie critics, the biggest week comes a bit earlier, says NPR's Bob Mondello.
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