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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...

Move On

I always found ABBA's melancholy ballads more interesting than their better-known disco-influenced hits, but I find those latter songs pleasant enough in small doses. String...

Chéri Baby

I got blindsided by Chéri. Maybe the title and the poster featuring a coquettishly grinning Michelle Pfeiffer fooled me into thinking this was just...

Body Double

Only recently has the word “prestigious” come to mean “acclaimed” or “renowned.” The Prestige wastes no time explaining the word’s earlier meaning, whence comes...

Skin I Live In: Hide and Sick

OK, here’s one of the more messed-up things I’ve seen in a while, and I mean that mostly in a good way. Much of...

Craving More

Metal-head rockstar Glen Danzig shops for a house that has blood pouring from its walls. A robotic chicken dressed in armor obsesses over false histories...

Survivor Girl

Wendy Orr wrote a story when she was nine years old. Decades later it turned into her 2002 novel Nim's Island, a slim and...

A Season With Verona

Away We Go is directed by Sam Mendes, but you'd never guess that this scruffy comedy was by the same guy whose previous dramas...

French Lessons

The star of The Class, François Bégaudeau isn't a professional actor. He was a school teacher (and former rock musician) in France who became...

Custodial Interference

Saying that The Lookout is a terrific little film may sound patronizing, but it’s actually high praise. To be sure, this film is a...