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Rubber

 [rating=2] In "Rubber," directed by Quentin Dupieux, why does a tire inexplicably come to life and devote that life to killing things? No reason. This film, as bizarre a concept as it might be to wrap your head around (not the-tire-coming-to-life part, but the part about things happening incessantly for no reason), is quite a comical film. The movie opens with a nervous-looking man holding a ... more >

Making the boys

A legacy that's complicated
Edward Albee, Candis Cayne and Andy Cohen
Directed by Crayton Robey

In his latest documentary Making The Boys, director Crayton Robey (Where Ocean Meets Sky) investigates the legacy of the iconic play “The Boys in the Band,” which became both a rallying cry and a bone of contention in the gay rights movement of the 60s and 70s, and remains so to this day. Playwright Mart Crowley, a close friend of Natalie Wood, is the star of the film, and walks the audience ... more >

Valhalla Rising

One from Denmark's rising-star filmmaker
With Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson and Alexander Morton
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

What do you get when a director known for uncompromising violence decides to do a period piece--set in 1,000AD Viking country, that is. In a word, a masterpiece. Danish enfant terrible Nicolas Winding Refn (director of the cult hit “Pusher” series) made his latest film, “Valhalla Rising,” after an aborted attempt at making a real horror movie (Refn’s favorite film is the original “Texas ... more >

Robert Pattinson attached to “Cosmopolis”

Fans of the "Twilight" series and hardcore horror fans finally have something in common. Both will no doubt be scandalized by Wednesday's announcement that none other than Robert Pattinson himself is set to star in David Cronenberg's much-hyped thriller "Cosmopolis." The film, which Cronenberg has been developing for several years, is adapted from a Don DeLillo novel and focuses on Pattinson's ... more >

CANNES ’11: DE NIRO AT THE HELM

By ALI NADERZAD - January 7, 2011As a longtime Cannes-goer I felt obliged to report, with unchecked amounts of glee, that Robert De Niro has just been named president of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The news is stupendous for a number of reasons: an American will lead Cannes again, and that's a good thing in and of itself. Then, it's Robert De Niro who'll be our prez this year, a living legend ... more >

A better world

A new family drama from Denmark
Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm and Markus Rygaard
Directed by Susanne Bier

The Danes aren't exactly the kings of comedy. Anything that comes out of Northern Europe ("land of the vikings" to the Happy Madison set) is, shall we say, meditative: tortured characters reach a crossroad and, resorting to no new elements or people for assistance, are forced to make a major improvement to their lot in life after facing an impasse. Susanne Bier (Things we lost in the fire) is just ... more >

The Year in Review

The best of the best--here and now

2010 has been a year in which the indies, arties, foreign and prestige films overpromised and underdelivered, while the best genre and mainstream films delivered and then some. Hooray for Hollywood! 10. "The Social Network" - David Fincher’s Facebook origin story is like the NFL team that wins the Super Bowl with the ninth-best player at every position. You have to respect that level of ... more >