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    • Lies About Lying

      Infamous treats Truman Capote with a dose of his own medicine.
    • A Radical Idea

      A dedicated, charismatic, crack-addicted history teacher is the most believable protagonist in an American movie this year.
    • Cheap Thriller

      Unlike the famous movies it borrows from, 13 (Tzameti) is hollow at the core.
    • Cinema as a Social Act

      Like a good magician, director Neil Burger requires audience participation.
    • It's All About Us

      Though Oliver Stone has long been branded a liberal, his myopic take on 9/11 isn't a surprise.
    • Familiarity Breeds Contempt

      You know what to expect from Woody Allen, and with Scoop he delivers.
    • History and Love

      In three related stories, Asia's greatest living master looks at how the political affects the personal.
    • Roberto Rossellini's Belly

      In Isabella Rossellini's tribute to her elusive father, the cast of characters includes Chaplin, Fellini, Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, and the old man's gut.
    • Spoiler Alert

      In his latest short, Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami begins with his landscape photographs and ends with apocalypse.
    • Resistance Is Futile

      Almost 40 years after its release, Jean-Pierre Melville's devastating masterpiece about the French anti-Nazi movement makes its U.S. debut.
    • Lost in Translation

      The "Cuban James Joyce" worked on Andy Garcia's tribute to pre-Castro Cuba, but you'd hardly guess it from watching the movie.
    • Art School Is Murder

      Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff make an interesting point, even if they don't make it well.
    • The Modest Master

      The least-known Cahiers critic who became a filmmaker is also the funniest.
    • The Director's Cut

      Jean-Luc Godard's truncated magnum opus is still poetic.
    • Geishas Without Diaries

      In Mikio Naruse's 1954 masterpiece the smallest gestures tell you the most about the characters.
    • A Quirky Cowboy Classic

      In his first feature as a director, a western about the mistreatment of Mexicans in west Texas, Tommy Lee Jones puts his trust in the power of storytelling.
    • Outsider Artists

      Filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien and Albert Brooks go abroad to look around and within.
    • Another Day, Another Genre

      Woody Allen does OK when he doesn't try too hard.
    • Marilyn Monroe's Brains

      To this day people confuse the actress with the dumb blondes she played. But you can see her intelligence right there on the screen.
    • Changing Direction

      Jacques Rivette's documentary of a conversation bewteen director Jean Renoir and actor Michel Simon heralded a radical shift in his style.
    • War Porn

      Is it possible for a commercial feature about war not to glorify it even a little?