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Gripping

In The Believer, Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of a self-loathing Jewish neo-Nazi who plots to bomb his community’s synagogue, enchanted audiences at the 2001 Sundance...

Sacrificing Stars

The road to the remake of the 1973 pagan drama The Wicker Man was paved with good intentions, not to mention some formidable talent....

Kryptonite

I’m not sure why this film is called Hollywoodland. The name refers to what Hollywood was originally known as, but it really doesn’t have...

World Traveler

Most filmmakers I interview are quite happy to chatter about their own work. It is, after all, the purpose of our conversation. Not so...

Homing Instinct

I’ll start with a not terribly revealing confession: I managed to get through childhood without any meaningful contact with Lassie. I never read Eric...

The Magic Man

A big draw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Illusionist didn’t do much for me except remind me of the awesomeness of Paul...

Summer Games

In one of those weird confluences of events, Hollywood’s four new releases this week are all about men testing and challenging themselves through play,...

MyDeath.com

Hollywood has been remaking Japanese horror flicks for some years now, and quite frankly I’m amazed that the movies haven’t been screwed up in...

Olive the Family

An enormous crowd-pleaser at the Sundance Film Festival, Little Miss Sunshine now looks poised to be this year’s “little indie movie that could” box-office...

Stone Monument

I feel like I’m having a flashback to the early 1990s, because I’m pissed off at Oliver Stone. Again. I didn’t think he could...