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Eric D. Snider reviews the effective horror movie about a haunted mirror.
Watching movies online is easier than ever. Put that broadband connection to good use and find the best places to stream free films in great quality to your desktop, laptop, or TV.
Ten of the best Italian movies ever made as a starting place for exploration. With classics from such infamous filmmakers as Fellini, De Sica, Rossellini, Visconti, and Antonioni.
Brief overview of the history of Bollywood cinema that covers the history of Bollywood cinema from 1913 to the present. A general primer in the history of India's Bollywood cinema.
A photo from the Strand Releasing film "Head-On (Gegen die Wand)", directed by Fatih Akin and starring
Background: Shu Qi was born April 16, 1976 in Taiwan. Her name is sometimes seen in the Western order
German actress Sibel Kekilli made her feature film debut in Fatih Akin's award winning film Head-On (Gegen die Wand).
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
Eric D. Snider reviews Daniel Patrick Carbone's evocative rumination on adolescence.
We adore a good love story, a film so romantic that the end will bring tears to your eyes. Our top indie
10 Bollywood Actresses To Know - Bollywood beauties, from world famous actress Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee to rising stars Mallika Sherawat and Sonam Kapoor.
Burdened with a craft that's essentially uncinematic, writers in the movies are perennially blocked, broke, and insane, simultaneously romanticized and ridiculed for their excesses--from the wise-cracking drunks of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle to the sticky sweetness of Shakespeare in Love, the self-regarding self-reflexivity of Adaptation, and the homicidal madness of The Shining. Here are ten films that have something real to say about what it means to write.
Spanish Actresses: a photo gallery of Latina leading ladies. Including luminous stars of cinema Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayak, Leonar Wattling, Alice Braga and many more.
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
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Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton star in Wes Anderson's latest confection. Read our review.
Amitabh Bachchan: A brief biography and overview of the life and filmography of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Covers his life history, his beginnings as an actor, his status as Bollywood's Angry Young Man, and his current position as TV host of Kaun Banega Corepati.
The best German films explore everything from claustrophobic submarine warfare to expressionistic visions of the future, from angelic dreams of immortality to a certain mischievious dwarf. Lang, Wenders, Schlöndorff, Fassbinder, Herzog: here is our list of the ten best German films.
Mel Gibson's follow-up to The Passion of the Christ uses the decline of the ancient Mayan civilization as backdrop for another epic blood bath. Come for the solar eclipse and stay for the large-scale serial human sacrifice!
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Cannes Film Festival presents a list of Bollywood films that have won awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival over the years.
Canada: the land of mounties, maple syrup, and strange individuals who insert videotapes into their bellies.
Rosamund Pike at the 2008 Academy Awards. Page 11.
Since "The Matrix" introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
Eric D. Snider reviews Gareth Huw Evans' martial-arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, starring Iko Uwais.
Small budgets and a private vision often produce the hippest and edgiest stuff in filmmaking. Here are the ten cult films you can't live without.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950 contains a list of cinematic milestones in Bollywood films from 1930 to 1950.
The inspiring story of real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death. Opens December 22nd, 2004.
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French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
A photo gallery of British actresses
10 Essential Bollywood Films. An introduction and overview of 10 essential Bollywood films. A primer to Bollywood cinema, featuring a list of 10 essential Bollywood films that serve as a good introduction to Bollywood cinema.
Fanda, the aging hero of Vladimir Michalek's movie, doesn't have it easy. His wife Emilie spends her
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Dan Klores' CRAZY LOVE tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959.
A look at Bollywood megastars and the film industry that supports the creation of Bollywood megastars. Covers the history of the Bollywood star system, leading up a look at the Bollywood megastars of today.
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Gallery of photos of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
The Chorus is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
Documentary on a principled and moral life. Biography of the pastor, pacifist, and Nazi Resister Thorough
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema – Bengali, Assamese, Tamil looks at the regional cinemas of India, and covers the cinema of Bengal, Assam and Tamil.
In diversity and accomplishment, the output of French filmmakers rivals that of any country. Here is a list of ten classic French films that should not be missed by any serious film fan.
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Sofia Coppola has made the kind of movie that I love to see most. "Lost In Translation" is a simple story
A safe and silly comedy from Christopher Guest and gang. After dog competitions ( Best of Show ), the
Ram Teri Ganga Maili - A review of the 1985 Bollywood film Ram Teri Ganga Maili staring Rajiv Kapoor and Mandakini. Discusses that Ram Teri Ganga Maili has legendary status because of an infamous wet sari scene under a waterfall featuring star Mandakini.
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
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A profile of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, featuring bio, interviews, filmography and photo galleries.
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
Film festivals provide moviegoers with the first exposure to cinema's best new films. The influence of such important international film festivals as Cannes, The Toronto Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festivals, and Sundance point to the most exciting work by contemporary film makers. Major film acquisitions are made, obscure films are discovered, and future classics are recognized. Cinephiles will want to stay up to up to date with news from these top film festivals.
I'm all in favor of people bursting into song (see my top ten list of art house musicals), and so it
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
Jurgen Fauth reviews Andrei Tarkovsky and Steven Soderbergh's "Solaris"
Bollywood Genres: The Historical Film provides an overview of the historical epic as a Bollywood genre. It also covers biopics, lives of the saints, and epic legends.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1950-1960 covers a list of milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1950-1960
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Sonakshi Sinha - Bollywood Newcomer Finds Fame, Fans is a profile of bollywood newcomer Sokakshi Sinha, model and actress who appeared in the film Dabangg and can now count Sarah Palin as a fan
(500) Days of Summer - A review of (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel light up the screen in Marc Webb's directorial debut (500) Days of Summer. That may sound corny, but it's true. Marcy Dermansky reviews for About.com.
Salma Hayek: a stunning photo of the famous actress. Page 11.
From Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel is an ambitious new film, shot in four countries, starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, and Elle Fanning.
An uproarious comedy set at a proper English funeral? Frank Oz proves that it can and it should be done.
Background: Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982. Her parents are both doctors. The actress went
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Alex Gibney's documentary about the spectacular bankruptcy of the energy trading company tells a gripping story of greed, deception, and fraud.
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Carlos Reygadas's sophomore film offers an audacious style, amateur actors performing real on-screen sex, and a melodramatic plot that doesn't add up.
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
Bollywood Genres: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales - Bollywood Movies Based on Myths, Legends and Fairytales, a look at the Bollywood genre of movies made after famous myths, legends and fairy tales, including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965 looks at milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1960 until 1965
Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman. Directed by: Marc
Kelly Macdonald at the premiere of No Country For Old Men at the Cannes Film Festival
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Robert Redford founded the festival in 1978 to raise awareness about independent films. The Sundance Film Festival is held each year in January in Park City, Utah.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
Ariadna Gil: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 9.
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Berlin Film Festival presents a list of ten films that have won awards at the Berlinale during its 61 year history
Paz Vega: a stunning photo of the talented and beautiful Spanish actress. Page 2.
The hype surrounding Michael Moore's scathing analysis of the Bush Administration has been impossible
Background: Martinez was born in Paris, France on January 12, 1966. His father is a Spanish professional
Health is strangely hip these days. There are low carb diets, macrobiotic diets, rocks stars who've gone
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Eric D. Snider reviews John Wells' star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-winning play.
A Review of Sofia Coppola's Somewhere: Stephen Dorff stars as Johnny Marco, a dissolute movie star, living in the Chateau Marmont whose life is turned upside down with the arrival of his eleven year old daughter. Marcy Dermansky reviews Sofia Coppola's marvelous new film.
Calendar Girls is a small and lovely film. Terrific English actresses Helen Mirren and Julie Walters
I was a German school kid when this submarine thriller first came out, and at the time, we spent a lot
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1896-1930 contains a list of 9 cinematic milestones in Bollywood film history, which includes the first screening in India, the first feature film, the first social satire, the first permanent theater in Calcutta, the creation of the Indian Cinematograph Act, and the first foreign talkie.
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous
Emmanuelle Seigner French Actresses. Page 30.
Penelope Cruz: a stunning photo of Cruz at the 2008 Academy Awards.
Awards Won by Bollywood Films at Major International Film Festivals - Bollywood Films that won awards at the Venice Film Festival. List of five Bollywood films that have won awards at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Bruno Barreto's biopic on American poet Elizabeth Bishop's time in Brazil stars Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, and Gloria Pires. Read Eric D. Snider's review.
Birth Date: July 27, 1977. Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Discovered: First spotted hanging out at
Disclaimer: "The Aviator" is neither a world nor an independent film. This fact is indisputable, despite
The Best films from Australia and New Zealand, including movies by Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, George Miller, and Peter Weir.
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Michael Pitt stars as suicidal rock star in Gus Van Sant's experimental meditation on Kurt Cobain.
Review: Short Term 12 Writer-director Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 is tender, quiet film full of humanity and compassion and populated by rich and unforgettable characters. Read Eric D Snider's review of this moving independent film.
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
Review: Intruders. A-lister Clive Owen makes a dramatic career mistake starring in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's art-house horror film 'Intruder.' Jordan Hoffman reviews.
"Bollywood/Hollywood" promises a knowing masala of Hollywood conventions, Bollywood-style melodrama,
Happy-Go-Lucky Review - A review of Mike Leigh's Film Happy-Go-Lucky, starring Sally Hawkins as the unforgettable Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher in London.
Review of BLACK SWAN. Darren Aronofsky’s ballet movie BLACK SWAN is riveting stuff: entertaining, enthralling, over-the-top, terrifically tense, sometimes funny, and just plain good. The film is Natalie Portman’s movie to make or break, and she rocks it.
Gay and lesbian cinema has come into its own. From herb teag to coming out, first love to the AIDS crisis, these top picks are essential for any comprehensive DVD collection.
Factotum, Bent Hamer's new film about hard-living poet Charles Bukowski, is the kind of movie that will have you toast the screen with a drink--if you've got one. With Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, and Marisa Tomei.
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
I often wonder where German film would be without the Holocaust. If the films are not outright about
A photo from the Paramount Vantage release "Black Snake Moan", directed by Craig Brewer and starring
Background: Gael Garcia Bernal was born on November 30, 1978 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Breakout
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Birthday: May 5, 1979. Place of Birth: Delhi, India. First Film: "Ajnabee" (2001). Hobbies: Dancing,
Review: Bully. Watching Lee Hirsch’s 'Bully is not easy. The documentary is a wake-up call; it’s cinematic evidence and testimony for stronger bullying laws. Read Jessica Pallington West's review.
The top ten anti-war movies
Pedro Almodovar reminds us again of his potency as a filmmaker with the sprawling, marvelous melodrama Volver, an engrossing tale--funny and tragic and even surreal surreal--of three generations of women. Penelope Cruz leads an ensemble cast that also includes Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, and Yohana Cobo.
The message in Daniel Barber's revenge drama HARRY BROWN is deafeningly clear. Harry Brown is on the streets, and he'll scare you straight. Michael Caine delivers a strong performance that almost makes this ludicrous film worth seeing.
Trouble the Water Review - a review of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water, starring Kimberly Rivers aka Black Kold Medina.
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Woody Allen is Back... With the Worst Movie of the Year For six years now, critics and audiences have
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara arrives at the Blindness premiere at the Palais des Festivals during
Watch out, Buena Vista Social Club: Fatih Akin sends the bass player for Einstürzende Neubauten to explore the diverse music scene of Istanbul.
Eric Snider's review of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, directed by David Lowery and starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster.
Esther Canadas: a photo of the beautiful actress. Page 3.
Crude, lewd, and pretty freakin' funny: Another Gay Movie is an unrated and unrelentingly queer take
Review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage
Jacques Demy's candy-colored love story is sung all the way through, but don't let that turn you off. Catherine Deneuve is so young, beautiful, and innocent, it's enough to make the toughest musical hater's heart melt. A romance for the ages.