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Movie Review | 'Morning Glory': Plenty of Perky, Even This Early

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 03:53:01 GMT

Rachel McAdams plays a television producer in the romantic comedy “Morning Glory.”

Movie Review | 'Double Tide': Peace in the Pursuit of Maine Clams

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 04:30:04 GMT

This 99-minute moving meditation from the artist Sharon Lockhart is guaranteed to lower your blood pressure and recalibrate your mind.

Front Row: The Perfect Dress for Making a Statement

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:43:01 GMT

The Film “Made in Dagenham” is not about fashion, but a red dress in the movie stands out.

Putting Star Power Behind Good Works

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:30:06 GMT

Sean Penn and Brad Pitt are among celebrity driving forces behind charity organizations.

Brazil’s Best, Restored and Ready for a 21st-Century Audience

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:23:01 GMT

The World Cinema Foundation brings 12 of its rescue projects to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

An Appraisal: Clayburgh’s Unforgettable ‘Unmarried Woman’

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:41:33 GMT

The actress Jill Clayburgh, who died on Friday, had the gift of resembling a real person undergoing life-altering change.

Film: Oscar Catches Up With Uncle Eli

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 04:13:01 GMT

Eli Wallach (or Uncle Eli, as he is known to A. O. Scott) is about to usher in his 95th birthday with a lifetime achievement Oscar.

Orchestras on Big Screens: Chase Scene Needed?

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 12:00:45 GMT

HD technology and movie theater broadcasts are changing the way performing arts are produced.

Arts, Briefly: Dreamworks Animation’s ‘Megamind’ Is a Megahit

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 08:10:08 GMT

“Megamind” reached No. 1 with an estimated $47.7 million in its opening weekend at the North American box office, according to, a compiler of box-office statistics.

Chinese Animator Seeks a Global Role

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 14:43:37 GMT

Xing Xing, a Chinese animation and computer special effects company, aims to develop original content for the international market.

Film: Seasoned Collaborators, Back on Track

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 04:13:01 GMT

Denzel Washington and the director Tony Scott, veterans of four films together, talk about their new thriller, “Unstoppable,” co-starring Chris Pine.

Film: Documentaries and Ties That Bind or Unravel

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 02:43:45 GMT

Not all of the human subjects of documentaries enjoy enduring relationships with the filmmakers. Errol Morris, Andrew Jarecki and other directors explain.

When ‘Poison’ Was a Cinematic Antidote

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 18:52:36 GMT

Two decades after “Poison” galvanized both supporters and opponents of gay film, a revival gives a chance to assess its impact.

DVDs: Creating Stars and Enemies

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 05:30:03 GMT

A new boxed set includes 15 films by Elia Kazan, the director who helped create a new generation of stars.

Kurosawa’s Feudal Japan, Now Onstage

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 23:18:54 GMT

The director Ping Chong brings his stage version of the Kurosawa classic “Throne of Blood” to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Pirated Films From Nigeria Are Seized in Brooklyn

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:20:08 GMT

Brooklyn residents are among the biggest fans of the so-called Nollywood films, but many of the copies they buy are counterfeit versions.

Movie Review | 'Bruce Conner: The Art of Montage': Captivating the Eye, Challenging the Brain

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 04:23:01 GMT

In two programs, Film Forum is revisiting the work of an experimentalist who appealed to the brain as well as to the eye.

Movie Review | '127 Hours': The Tale of a Shocking Fall and a Gritty Resolve

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:14:37 GMT

Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” recreates the ordeal of Aron Ralston, the hiker who decided to extricate himself from a narrow slot of rock by severing an arm.

Movie Review | 'Due Date': Amok on the Road to Daddydom

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:00:07 GMT

An odd-couple, buddy road movie, “Due Date” stars Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. as reluctant car companions.

Movie Review | 'Fair Game' : Marital Strife and C.I.A. Obligations

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:16:08 GMT

Sean Penn and Naomi Watts star as Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson, the couple at the center of the controversy over whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Movie Review | 'Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer': The Really Strange Bedfellows That New York Politics Made

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:03:01 GMT

Alex Gibney’s new documentary, “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” examines the hubris and politics that played a role in Mr. Spitzer’s undoing.

Movie Review | 'For Colored Girls': A Powerful Chorus Harmonizing ‘Dark Phrases of Womanhood’

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:42:10 GMT

With “For Colored Girls” Tyler Perry works very hard and gets it mostly right.

Movie Review | 'Four Lions': Harebrained Plans by Half-Wits

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:53:01 GMT

“Four Lions,” directed by Chris Morris, is a stiletto-sharp satire about a group of bumbling terrorists.

Movie Review | 'Megamind': Animated Ambiguity, Featuring a Big Head

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:13:01 GMT

Evil becomes good and vice versa in “Megamind,” a new 3-D fantasy from DreamWorks Animation.

Movie Review | 'Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench': The Blissed-Out Rhythms of the Young and in Love

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:00:06 GMT

A Boston-based musical commentary on love and art, “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” floats on a wave of spontaneity and charm.

Movie Review | 'Red Hill': Western Meets Horror

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:13:01 GMT

“Red Hill” is a galloping revenge tale that uses young blood to unearth old sins.

Movie Review | 'A Marine Story': A Stoic Marine Undone by Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:00:08 GMT

Closeted, forced out of the service, and now facing identity issues at home.

Movie Review | Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story': A Game’s Big Players

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:13:01 GMT

“Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” chronologically name-checks history’s most famous Jewish ballplayers.

Movie Review | 'Violet Tendencies': Gal Takes Straighter Path, Hoping to Have It All

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:00:06 GMT

Casper Andreas’s “Violet Tendencies” is an ugly-duckling fairy tale about a woman with lots of gay friends who decides she needs her own relationship with a man.

Movie Review | 'Cherry': A Freshman Year to Remember

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:13:01 GMT

In “Cherry” Kyle Gallner stars as a freshman who falls for a 31-year-old fellow student — and her daughter.

Theater Review | 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown': Here’s Your Valium, What’s Your Hurry?

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 20:29:59 GMT

The musical adaptation of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” at the Belasco Theater on Broadway, has a serious case of attention deficit disorder.

Movie Review | 'Beneath the Dark': A Motel Stay Leads to Creepy Happenings

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:13:01 GMT

Not even the Bates Motel itself could save the mess that is “Beneath the Dark.”

Movie Listings for Nov. 5-11

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:33:01 GMT

A critical guide to movies playing in New York City.

Movie Review | 'Outside the Law': Algerian Brothers Reunite in Paris, Outrage Still Burning

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 05:13:01 GMT

“Outside the Law,” Rachid Bouchareb’s sweeping historical melodrama of the Algerian struggle for independence, proceeds from a still-burning sense of outrage.

Movie Review | 'Ne Change Rien': Light and Shadow, and Music on the Wondrous, Dreamy Side

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:17:30 GMT

Pedro Costa’s unusual documentary “Ne Change Rien,” about the French singer and actress Jeanne Balibar, focuses on work — the performer’s mix of inspiration and hard labor.

Movie Review | 'Aftershock': Earthquakes and Seismic Suffering

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:23:25 GMT

Feng Xiaogang’s “Aftershock,” a huge hit in China, traces 30 fraught years in the life of a mother, beginning with a natural disaster in 1976 and ending with another one in 2008.

Movie Review | 'Saw 3D': Ending a Lethal Game and All Its Gory Details

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 06:35:59 GMT

In “Saw 3D,” its makers say the horror-film franchise is bringing its punishing schedule to a close.

Movie Review | 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest': In Trilogy’s Finale, Tough Girl Rages Against Villains of Society

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:00:04 GMT

“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” feels like the concluding chapter it is, with neatly tied loose ends and closing remarks, though it unfolds as something of a secular passion play.

Movie Review | 'Welcome to the Rileys': A Tidy Home, Cluttered With Weighty Emotions

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:39:09 GMT

Kristen Stewart upends the lives of James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo, who portray grieving parents in Jake Scott’s “Welcome to the Rileys.”

Movie Review | 'Amer': Ogled and Threatened on a Journey to Womanhood

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:07:56 GMT

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “Amer” is a protracted erotic tease in which a female protagonist is observed from childhood to adulthood.

Movie Review | 'Inspector Bellamy': A Detective Who Solves Crimes for a Living, and as a Pastime

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:00:05 GMT

Claude Chabrol’s film “Inspector Bellamy” starts off hinting at death, but violence and grief play less of a role in this murder mystery than you might expect.

Movie Review | 'Waste Land': From a Universe of Trash, Recycling Art and Hope

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:00:04 GMT

Lucy Walker’s inspiring documentary profiles Brazilian catadores, or trash pickers, and the artist Vik Muniz.

Movie Review | 'Monsters': Alien Invaders, Earthling Romance

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:13:00 GMT

“Monsters” is a wondrously atmospheric drama from the young British filmmaker Gareth Edwards.

Movie Review | 'The Last Play at Shea': Brenda, Eddie, Billy and Friends Bury a Ballpark

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 07:23:01 GMT

The story of two memorable concerts in 2008, and of the stadium where they were held.

Movie Review | 'The Kids Grow Up': From the Past, a Future Blank and Open

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:00:04 GMT

In Doug Block’s remarkable documentary “The Kids Grow Up,” the viewer becomes absorbed into the family as a daughter matures.

Movie Review | 'Wild Target': Time to Die; Join Me for a Drink?

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:12:07 GMT

“Wild Target,” directed by Jonathan Lynn, is a remake of a French film and stars Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

Movie Review | 'A Small Act': Even the Tiniest Actions Can Change Entire Lives

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:23:01 GMT

“A Small Act” follows Chris Mburu, who, as a child in Africa, was sponsored by Hilde Back, a woman in Sweden.

Movie Listings for Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:23:01 GMT

A guide to films playing in the New York area.

Movie Review | 'Walkaway': A Little Bollywood, a Lot American Indie

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:13:00 GMT

“Walkaway” is a breezily schematic Indian movie about relationships in the big city — New York, that is

Movie Review | 'Jolene': Searching for Stability

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:03:01 GMT

“Jolene,” starring Jessica Chastain, follows a woman on her 10-year search for happiness.

Movie Review | 'Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny': Churchill During the War, Armed With Inspiration

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 05:13:00 GMT

“Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny” is a glowing biography of the wartime prime minister.

An Honorary Oscar Revives a Controversy

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 22:29:25 GMT

An honorary Oscar for the filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard has awakened charges of anti-Semitism.

Spielberg and DreamWorks Energize the Magic Machine Anew

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 08:23:00 GMT

After two years and a thorny overhaul, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are aiming high with a lineup of new releases.

George Hickenlooper, Film Director, Dies at 47

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:27:50 GMT

Mr. Hickenlooper won an Emmy for his documentary film about the making of Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.”

Arts, Briefly: ‘Saw 3D’ Takes Top Honors in Horror Genre

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 05:43:01 GMT

The seventh and final installment in Lionsgate’s horror-rific franchise took the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, according to

Television Review: Portraits of Hollywood’s Founding Power Players

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 17:13:09 GMT

TCM’s seven-part documentary series, “Moguls & Movie Stars,” traces the history of the American film industry through 1970, with an emphasis on its inventors and pioneering studio bosses.

Holiday Movies: An Actress on the Brink of a Blockbuster

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 19:33:01 GMT

Rachel McAdams, currently in “Morning Glory,” has established herself as an actress equally adept at comedy and drama.

Holiday Movies: Choosing Between Life and Limb

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:03:00 GMT

For “127 Hours,” his adaptation of Aron Ralston’s book about his self-amputation in a hiking accident, the director Danny Boyle challenged his star, James Franco.

Holiday Movies: Evil May Prevail, but Then What’s a Villain to Do?

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 07:23:01 GMT

The filmmakers behind the 3-D animated comedy “Megamind” designed a villain with a big brain, as well as a big heart.

Holiday Movies: An Accidental King Finds His Voice

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:13:01 GMT

In “The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth portrays a wartime monarch with a stuttering problem.

Holiday Movies: A Dark Transformation to Strains of ‘Swan Lake’

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:13:01 GMT

In Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman portrays an ambitious ballerina consumed by a fairy-tale role.

Holiday Movies: Conjuring Tati’s Spirit With Animation

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:38:22 GMT

“The Illusionist,” the new movie by the French animator Sylvain Chomet (“The Triplets of Belleville”) is based on a treatment by the great comic actor and filmmaker Jacques Tati.

ArtsBeat: 'Catch Me If You Can' Nabs Its Broadway Cast

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:55:07 GMT

Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit will assume the lead roles of an F.B.I. agent and a charming scoundrel who were played by Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 movie.