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Family Coup

Four years ago Zhang Yimou made the most expensive film in Chinese history, Hero, with an estimated budget of $30 million. His latest epic, Curse...

Happily Never After

Chalk up yet another great year for Mexican filmmakers. The closely knit trio of Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu all...

Scent to Death

Since its publication in 1985, Patrick Süskind’s German novel Das Parfum has been hailed as an instant classic. It was also declared “unfilmable” by...

No Kids Under 18

Two years ago, Alfonso Cuarón directed a luminous adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and revitalized a movie series that might...

Top Films of 2006

While it was going on, 2006 didn’t seem to me like that great a year for movies. Only now, as I look back, do...

Company Man

If you want a big-name actor to play a colorless guy with a hole in his soul, Matt Damon is now officially your man....

Dream Supreme

When Dreamgirls debuted on Broadway in 1981, it won over an entire generation of theatergoers, African-American and not, with songs by Henry Krieger and...

Along Came a Spider

The new big-screen version of Charlotte’s Web moves me to a sentiment that may be a first for me: This movie should have been...

Force of Will

I’ve been watching so many movies lately that maybe my usual defenses are worn down. The Pursuit of Happyness is the sort of movie...

Sundance Kid

On a whim a couple of months ago, the 29-year-old Fort Worth native took a short break from his full-time job as a mechanical...