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First look at James Cameron's Avatar

Titanic Gamble
James Cameron captained the biggest box-office smash of all time, his Titanic having grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. But that was 12 years ago, long before the recession appeared on anyone's radar.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 26, 2009


Review: Lorna's Silence

A work of near-greatness
Are there many better young actors currently working in film than Jérémie Renier?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 13, 2009

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Bottle rocket

Charlyne Yi is a hot date
Who exactly is Charlyne Yi? Two years ago, she appeared — seemingly from out of nowhere — in a brief but memorable turn in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. A closer look at Apatow's new Funny People , however, might provide a clue as to where he discovered her.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 07, 2009

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Love, truth and videotape

Paper Heart wears its heart on its sleeve
Is there anything more heartwarming than watching a little girl officiating at the marriage of two of her favorite dolls? Is there a purer form of love than the kind that a pre-pubescent might project onto the union of a plush Miss Piggy and a put-upon Kermit the Frog?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Orphan

Delightfully gonzo
John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kate (Vera Farmiga) don't have eight children to contend with, but after the miscarriage of their daughter, they adopt, bringing their brood to three. Perhaps they should have cut their losses.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Humpday

It ain't gay if it's art!
Ben's ovulating wife, Anna, does understand that this is something he needs to do, even if she can't quite understand why. I'm with her there.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 24, 2009


Review: Blood: The Last Vampire

An interesting experiment
Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment, director Chris Nahon ( Kiss of the Dragon ) captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 08, 2009


Review: Jerichow

Disastrous, but unexpected
In Germany, as in America, it seems that the price of postage is rising.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 02, 2009


Review: The Stoning of Soraya M.

Plays out like a TV movie
Unlike what happened to him in The Passion of the Christ , James Caviezel in this adaptation of a 1994 non-fiction book by Freidoune Sahebjam only hears about a grotesque martyrdom.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2009


Interview: Pete Docter

3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2009


Cross country trek

A two-day mission
A two-day mission
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 05, 2009


Review: Tokyo Sonata

An unexpectedly moving J-horror film
J-horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) begins his timely, if atypical, tale with the downsizing of Japanese patriarch Ryuhei Sasaki from his administrative post.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 06, 2009


Review: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

 McConaughey is less miser than sex-addicted shithead
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore must have a pathological hatred of the winter holidays.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 28, 2009


Review: Battle for Terra

A computer-animated sci-fi epic in 3D
Say you want to produce an independent computer-animated sci-fi epic but you don't have the deep pockets of Pixar or DreamWorks — what to do? If you're director Aristomenis Tsirbas, you simplify.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 28, 2009


Review: Trust Us This Is All Made Up

But should we trust them?
“Trust us, this is all made up,” begins TJ Jagodowski, addressing a capacity crowd at New York’s Barrow Street Theater.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2009


Review: Automorphosis

A light-hearted look at auto fetishists
What kind of person would dedicate his or her life to creating "Art Cars," vehicles that have been transformed into mobile art installations by their proud owners?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Crude

Quietly compelling
Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Invisible Girlfriend

Does this documentary from David Redmon and Ashley Sabin exploit its subject? You'll be tempted to say yes.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Mine

Watch, animal lovers, and be stupefied.
Early in Geralyn Pezanoski's documentary, a news clip shows George Bush proclaiming, "The world saw this tidal wave of disaster descend upon the Gulf Coast, and now they're gonna see a tidal wave of compassion."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Still Walking

By now, it's a bit of a cliché to compare the work of Hirokazu Koreeda to the masterful films of Yasujiro Ozu — something of which I've certainly been guilty.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009
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