XX/XY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! A group of New York twentysomethings, two girls and a guy, look for love in all the wrong places. Austin Chick compacts the first act of “XX/XY” into a continuous montage of parties, sexual shenanigans, confrontations and recriminations…


Posted on April 14, 2003 by

FULLTIME KILLER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

SXSW 2003 NARRATIVE FEATURE! “In this business, you’re bound to rub out someone you know…”


Posted on March 20, 2003 by

HAPPY HERE AND NOW

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

SXSW 2003 SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR NARRATIVE FEATURE! For half-assed indie-style college philosophizing, I’d recommend seeking out Steven Soderbergh’s “Schizopolis” instead…


Posted on March 18, 2003 by

LUBBOCK LIGHTS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

SXSW 2003 DOCUMENTARY FEATURE! In the late 1960s, inspired by their town’s strange, crazy population of hippie hellraisers and churchgoing rednecks, pals Ely, Gilmore and Hancock decided to rent a house and play music…


Posted on March 15, 2003 by

UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

PLAYING IN NEW YORK! Fast-paced, at times even a bit frantic, “Under the Skin of the City” is above all a mother-and-son story…


Posted on March 14, 2003 by

IRREVERSIBLE

0 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

PLAYING IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES! “Irreversible” is nothing less than a descent from heaven to hell; in the way it’s told, however, the nightmarish horror assaults us up front, incrementally giving way to hope and happiness, ending in sunlit bliss. Anyone with a weak heart or a queasy stomach should stay away…


Posted on March 8, 2003 by

ALL THE REAL GIRLS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

PLAYING IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES! Green’s off-kilter story rhythms work while the relationship between Paul and Noel is burgeoning, but it certainly doesn’t mesh with the more conventional conflicts that arise toward the conclusion. What is at first intriguingly elliptical becomes grating…


Posted on February 15, 2003 by

PREY FOR ROCK & ROLL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

SCREENING MAY 9TH AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL! Gina Gershon toplines as a tough rock chick with a tough rock name and a tough rock attitude. Inspired by L.A. punk legends X, Jacki may not have any tunes as great as “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene” or “Poor Girl,” but she sure makes a better lead singer than Exene Cervenka…


Posted on January 30, 2003 by

THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND

5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

SUNDANCE 2003 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! In the late 1960s, the Weathermen were the radical faction of the antiwar SDS whose philosophy was about “making love, smoking dope and loading guns” and whose motto became “Bring the War Home!” They didn’t just believe The Revolution was coming along; they wanted to make it happen…


Posted on January 23, 2003 by

THE PILL

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 56 minutes

SUNDANCE 2003 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! PBS’ American Experience series has now made a fascinating companion piece to last year’s bubbly “Miss America…”


Posted on January 22, 2003 by

INTACTO

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

OPENING IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 13TH! Devilishly clever and boasting a killer finale, “Intacto” is this year’s “Memento” – only Spanish. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s debut feature film does take its sweet time getting going, and you’d better come prepared to think your way through it…


Posted on December 9, 2002 by

THE QUIET AMERICAN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 118 minutes

IN THEATERS IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK! Bless Sir Michael Caine, whose tireless promotional efforts on behalf of “The Quiet American” have ensured that, for now, a select few moviegoers will get to see this tremendous film…


Posted on November 26, 2002 by

FAR FROM HEAVEN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

IN THEATERS! If you’ve never heard of ’50s auteur Douglas Sirk, much less seen one of his films, you may want to stay far away from “Far From Heaven.” The uninitiated would be in for a uniquely confusing and annoying moviegoing experience. So everyone is advised to prepare themselves by renting the DVDs of “Written on the Wind” and especially “All That Heaven Allows…”


Posted on November 10, 2002 by

DERRIDA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Even if you have no idea what French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s theories are about, allow your mind the chance to be teased and twisted by this unique new documentary. “Derrida” presents a respectful portrait of the “Father of Deconstruction” while also giving the man ample space to play around with the documentary form…


Posted on October 27, 2002 by

FRIDA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 119 minutes

IN THEATERS! At first, Taymor and Hayek’s fun-in-the-sun strategy works well enough. Then comes the bus accident in which Frida is sprinkled with gold dust, and then impaled by a metal pole…


Posted on October 25, 2002 by

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