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Dovzhenko Retrospective

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The Alexander Dovzhenko retrospective now at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center (through May 21) deserves every film lover’s attention as a reminder of what it is they love about movies. Without flying martial arts or snarky gangsters, Dovzhenko made movies that bestowed vision to his audience. Directing in the Soviet Union from 1926 [&hellip
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Woody Allen Gums the Hand that Feeds Him

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Directed by Woody Allen Being in the rarefied position of industry pet, Woody Allen doesn’t dare make the Hollywood satire Hollywood deserves. His new film Hollywood Ending withholds the bile and lividity that made Deconstructing Harry’s rip on East Coast pretensions so exhilarating. This extended anecdote about a veteran filmmaker who leaps at the chance [&hellip
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Dirk Shafer’s Circuit

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The Piano Teacher and Y Tu Mama Tambien are the kinds of hit movies that make you despair of unexamined popular attitudes. Audiences go to them out of simple prurient curiosity, but these films are encrusted with pretense rather than delight. The first exploits bourgeois neurosis through the story of a pent-up European classical musician, [&hellip
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The Triumph of Love; Changing Lanes

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Was Marivaux kitschy? That’s not a pressing question in the Britney Spears age, but Clare Peploe’s vivid film version of Marivaux’s 18th-century play The Triumph of Love feels contemporary enough to make you wonder: How did Marivaux’s 1732 audience react to his sexual interrogation and gender self-consciousness? Were they as amused by his toying with [&hellip
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The Cat’s Meow; Panic Room

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Panic Room Directed by David Fincher Eddie Izzard’s broad English face doesn’t look much like Charlie Chaplin’s, but suggests the baby-fat brashness and world-weariness of the young Orson Welles’. This incongruity exposes the personal basis of director Peter Bogdanovich’s cinema a clef in the historical Hollywood film The Cat’s Meow. Bogdanovich finally gets to address [&hellip
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Time Out; Lee’s Jim Brown

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Urgent as next week’s paycheck, Time Out delves into common experience that most movies ignore: work-world identity and anomie. At first it’s not clear that Vincent (Aurelien Recoing) has lost his white-collar job, but director-writer Laurent Cantet reveals his professional and psychological drift. Sitting behind the wheel of his parked car, watching the slow defrost [&hellip
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E.T.; Resident Evil

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Resident Evil Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson A radical notion: Steven Spielberg’s movies are not meant for children. This week’s reissue of his 1982 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial may remind some people of a Walt Disney perennial, but such cynical thinking always misleads Spielberg’s fans–and his debunkers. Their primary mistake is to take the film’s premise–a [&hellip
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