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Sol Louis Siegel  |  Nov 09, 2006  |  0 comments
Phantom of the Cinémathèque Kino
Movie •••½ Picture/Sound •••½
Ken Korman  |  Sep 06, 2006  |  0 comments

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Sony; Movie ••••, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras •••) didn't win any major American awards, but for many who saw the directorial debut of actor Tommy Lee Jones, this beautiful yet unsentimental take on the modern Western was the film to beat in 2005.

Mel Neuhaus  |  Jul 05, 2006  |  0 comments

One was a gregarious actor who became a cultural icon. The other was an erudite, poetic soul hiding in a sadistic, foul-tempered drunk ... and arguably America's greatest director.

Ken Korman  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
War of the Worlds DreamWorks
Movie ••½ Picture/Sound ••••½ Extr
Josef Krebs  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments

It's amazing how many ways a story can be told. Byron Haskin's 1953 version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Warner; Movie ••••, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) has a completely different focus and tone than Steven Spielberg's gloomy take on the H. G. Wells fantasy.

Rad Bennett  |  Oct 02, 2005  |  0 comments
Series •••½ Picture/Sound •••• Extras ••••
The hit TV series Lost ups the ante of movies like
Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 12, 2013  |  0 comments
Within the first few minutes of E.T., old-timers like me who remember seeing it on the big screen 30 years ago can’t help but recall why this movie was a bona fide cultural event, the likes of which we seldom see anymore. Oft copied, never equaled, it is an exquisitely crafted piece of cinema by a virtuoso at the top of his game. E.T. tells the tale of a lost, lonely visitor and his equally lonely host, an ordinary boy named Elliott. It celebrates the universal childhood fantasy of a secret best friend…and that other one about the flying bicycles. Rough around the edges though it may seem by today’s standards, this 1982 original version remains one of the most profoundly moving films most people will ever see.
David Vaughn  |  Jan 06, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/eagleeye.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A copy-shop clerk (Shia LaBeouf) and a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) meet after receiving phone calls from an anonymous woman instructing them to do exactly as she says, or else. Using cell phones, LED signs, television screens, and other commonplace technology to pass on instructions, the mystery woman ensnares the unwitting pair in a vast and unthinkable plot. Pursued by a determined FBI agent (Billy Bob Thornton) as the nation's most wanted fugitives, the two must work together to discover who's manipulating them and why.

John Devore  |  Jul 09, 2002  |  0 comments

What do pastel-colored eggs have to do with Easter? And what exactly do Easter eggs have to do with DVDs? To answer the first question: I have no idea. Maybe it's just another greeting-card industry conspiracy.

David Vaughn  |  Oct 17, 2008  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/easternpromises.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Known as "The Undertaker," expatriate Russian Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) performs dirty tasks for a local mobster, Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Anna (Naomi Watts) and Nikolai cross paths when she obtains a diary with a card for Semyon's restaurant. Unfortunately for Anna, her inquisitive visit to Semyon throws her into a world in which she has no business.

David Vaughn  |  Sep 22, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/easyv.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>There are certain rules in old-money families&#151;first and foremost, don't break with tradition. But John (Ben Barnes) does just that when he brings his new American wife (Jessica Biel) home to his family's English countryside estate. His pretentious mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) is offended by her lack of culture, and his two sisters have divergent feelings, but his father (Colin Firth) thinks she's a hoot and loves how she's able to put his wife in her place.

Shane Buettner  |  Mar 12, 2013  |  0 comments
It’s more than a little ironic that Tim Burton’s best film as a director, from top to bottom, is about one of the most notorious bad filmmakers who ever lived. Actually, Edward D. Wood Jr. (Johnny Depp) is known for two things: spectacularly bad sci-fi/horror movies that are ridiculously fun to watch, and being a cross-dresser before it was cool. Both traits are given full attention in Burton’s 1994 love letter to offbeat movies and their makers, Ed Wood.
David Vaughn  |  May 10, 2010  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/edgedark.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child (Bojana Novakavic) is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. During the investigation he begins to suspect otherwise and this leads him into a dangerous world of corporate cover-ups and government collusion.