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Choke: The Chicken

Choke is timid when it should be audacious

Movie Reviews Taken on its own, Choke is a sporadically funny and only moderately sentimental indie comedy, with themes on everything from the symbiotic nature of charity to the commodification of American history to the len...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Gratuitous Moore

Slacker Uprising is worth its price

Movie Reviews As a freebie—for those members of the left-wing choir who can tolerate Moore’s situational narcissism—one has the decided impression that they’re getting their money’s worth from S...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Neighborly Redefined

Lakeview Terrace is a surprisingly effective thriller

Movie Reviews The Hollywood treatment of LA as a hotbed of ubiquitous racial tension has grown increasingly wearisome and Lakeview Terrace possesses some of the same weakness in character motivation, moments of sluggish rela...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Art with Energy

Guy Maddin’s latest is a wet (and cold) dream

Movie Reviews So many non-traditional films that reach the art-house theater these days are self-described as “austere.” Apparently, this is a euphemism for somnolent or, in worst-case scenarios, suicide-inducing...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Let's Get Metaphysical, Baby

A new film festival expands consciousness and weirdness

Movie Reviews The Metaphysical Film Festival might be a little, er, eccentric, but, truth-be-told, it sounds like a blast.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Burn After Seeing

The Coens either don’t care or don’t get it

Movie Reviews Burn After Reading is a little trifle of a film that is so utterly disappointing, dispiriting, redundant, lazy and pointless that even the wink-wink ironic admission of its own meaninglessness—annunciated...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Chilly Thrillies

In the heat of summer, two thrillers leave ice in the vein

Movie Reviews In these, the last days of summer, two great thrillers about smuggling and moral ambiguity, both set in cold places, go head to frosty-eared head. Both are well worth seeing in the theater. But it’s the o...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Cinema Inferno

Familial crisis on the other side of the world

Movie Reviews The fear that the new Italian drama Days and Clouds mines is precisely the one that runs through American politics. It’s the middle-class anxiety (ascendant in down-turning America, even more so in market...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

The Freshest Kids

Breaking is gravity-defying and community-supporting, too

Sweat Central to break dancing in Santa Fe is the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. That’s where 3HC: Holyfaith, one of the best breaking crews in New Mexico, practices. That is, unless a full-court basketball ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff

Another Attack

Traitor is faithful to its well-worn mold

Movie Reviews Traitor is not all that bad, but, then again, it’s not all that good either. It’s the sort of movie to put on your Netflix DVD queue at position 33, and then to keep pushing back until you finally n...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff
 
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