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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

February 27, 2009

Robert Weide is best known for his work on brilliant HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) is his feature film directorial debut where he tries to bring some of the misanthropic magic from that television show... 

The Kingdom

January 10, 2008

As the war in Iraq drags on, the number of films about it increases until its own subgenre has been created. Along comes the Michael Mann-produced thriller, The Kingdom (2007) that attempts to fuse the action film with a dose of political intrigue while... 

Children of Men

April 2, 2007

Children of Men (2006) may be set in 2027 but it is a film for our times. It imagines a world where women are infertile and this has plunged society as we know it into chaos, plagued by environmental collapse. England has become a police state with armed... 

The Constant Gardener

February 24, 2006

2005 was an outstanding year for politically charged movies: Crash, Goodnight, and Good Luck, Syriana and The Constant Gardener. The last film is a tightly plotted suspense thriller based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name. When a British diplomat’s... 

The Aviator

November 18, 2005

For years, Martin Scorsese has been unfairly overlooked by the Academy Awards (GoodFellas losing out to Dances with Wolves?!). He is the perennial Hollywood outsider. In recent years, the veteran filmmaker seems to become aware of this slight and, like... 

Silver City

July 1, 2005

John Sayles is one of America’s rare political filmmakers, from the corruption in professional baseball with Eight Men Out (1988) to environmental concerns with Sunshine State (2002). Like, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, Sayles released his movie,... 

21 Grams

April 24, 2004

21 Grams (2003) is a postmodern pastiche that focuses on the lives of three deeply flawed people whose lives have been shattered by a pivotal event that connects them in ways they couldn’t possibly have imagined. They are lost, adrift in a world... 

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