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Where to Go for Free Online Movies
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.
The 10 Best Italian Films Ever Made
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.
What is Bollywood?
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.
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
Meet Sibel Kekilli: Biography and Photospread
German actress Sibel Kekilli made her feature film debut in Fatih Akin's award winning film Head-On (Gegen die Wand).
Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic...
Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic novel is sci-fi for a large audience, mistakenly confined to a narrow one. Seek it out!
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Cannes Film...
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.
10 Fantastic Movies About Writers
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.
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as alien in Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Fabers novel. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Review Mash-Up: Superman Returns vs. The Road...
Bryan Singer’s comic book spectacular features a latex-clad hero with fluttering cape, Michael Winterbottoms docudrama is about men in chains and orange jumpsuits. Both films are about superpowers, but which movie has more to say about truth, justice, and the American way? Which film tells the more gripping story? Read Jürgen’s review mash-up.
Top 10 German Films
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.
Top 10 Hong Kong Action Flicks
Since "The Matrix" introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
Koi ... Mil Gaya
I'm all in favor of people bursting into song (see my top ten list of art house musicals), and so it
Amitabh Bachchan
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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Spanish Actress Photo Gallery
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.
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
Only God Forgives - Review
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
Lost in La Mancha, Keep the River on Your...
Three documentary reviews: Keep the River on your Right, Stone Reader, and Lost in La Mancha.
Top 10 French Film Essentials
In diversity and accomplishment, French films rival that of any country. Here is a list of ten classics that no serious film fan should miss.
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre handle the...
SNL's Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre handle the hot-button topic abortion with humor and authentic emotion. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
The Class (Entre les murs)
Lauren Cantet's The Class - A review of Lauren Cantet's The Class - The Class won the Palm D'or at the 2008 Canne Film Festival and opens this year's New York Film Festival. Marcy reviews Lauren Cantent's The Class, based on the novel by Francois Begaudeau.
Apocalypto
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!
Top 10 Cult Films on DVD
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.
Zero Motivation
Winner of the jury prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, this comedy about the Israeli military was written and directed by Talya Lavie. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Megastars – Bollywood Style
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.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema –...
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.
10 Bollywood Actresses You Should Know
10 Bollywood Actresses To Know - Bollywood beauties, from world famous actress Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee to rising stars Mallika Sherawat and Sonam Kapoor.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton star in Wes Anderson's latest confection. Read our review.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
The five films from the first half of the year...
2014 is half over! The perfect time for a look back at our favorite movies of the year.... so far!
Review: Ram Teri Ganga Maili
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.
Talk To Me
"Talk to Me, talk to me," radio dj Petey Greene ( Don Cheadle ) says to his listeners, the riled-up black
Top 10 Independent Films
Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
An Inconvenient Truth
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Photos of Shu Qi
Gallery of photos of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
An overview of the winning films at the 2014...
An overview of the Palm d'or and other award winners at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
10 Essential Bollywood Films
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.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
The Sundance Film Festival
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.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
And Along Come Tourists
Like Weltschmerz and Fahrvergnügen , Vergangenheitsbewältigung is one of those German words that don't
Europa Report
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1950-1960
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1950-1960 covers a list of milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1950-1960
Sonakshi Sinha
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
The Congress
Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) directed this partially animated sci-fi movie loosely based on Stanislav Lem. Robin Wright plays a version of herself and attends a Futuristic Congress... Eric D. Snider reviews.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles...
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Berlin Film...
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
Hotel Rwanda
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.
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950 contains a list of cinematic milestones in Bollywood films from 1930 to 1950.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
Bollywood Genres: The Historical Film
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.
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Venice Film...
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.
Berlin Babylon - Capsule Review by your...
A Capsule Review of "Berlin Babylon" from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Eric D. Snider reviews "We Are the Best!" the...
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Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Most Influential Film Festivals
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.
Top 10 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Page 17.
(500) Days of Summer
(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.
Top 10 Gay and Lesbian DVDs
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.
9 Songs
A photo from the Revolution Films release "9 Songs", directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Margo
Top 10 Films from Australia and New Zealand
The Best films from Australia and New Zealand, including movies by Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, George Miller, and Peter Weir.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Eric Snider's review of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, directed by David Lowery and starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster.
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1896-1930
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.
Raising Victor Vargas
"Raising Victor Vargas" is a special film, independent in the truest sense of the word. Parker Posey
Dogville
Soon, we meet all the good people of Dogville, a town which the friendly narrator's voice of John Hurt
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
'Hellion', a human, well-acted drama, reviewed...
Kat Chandler's indie drama stars Aaron Paul. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
A photo from the Strand Releasing film "Head-On (Gegen die Wand)", directed by Fatih Akin and starring
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Photos of Scarlett Johansson
Gallery of photos of actress Scarlett Johansson
Innocence
I couldn't stop thinking about pedophiles while I watched Lucile Hadzihalilovic's surreal film "Innocence."
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
The Raid 2: Berandal
Eric D. Snider reviews Gareth Huw Evans' martial-arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, starring Iko Uwais.
Priyanka Chopra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Page 9.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Rent This: A Walk on the Moon
Rent This: A Walk on the Moon. : anna pacquin pearl kantrowitz jewish housewife viggo mortensen walk on the moon
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Nathalie Baye
A stunning photo of French actress Nathalie Baye. Page 25.
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Autumn Spring
Fanda, the aging hero of Vladimir Michalek's movie, doesn't have it easy. His wife Emilie spends her
The Motorcycle Diaries
In 1952, a young Argentine medical student and his friend left on an aging motorcycle to travel through
Idi Amin Dada
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Babel - A film by Alejandro González...
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.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
The Past
Eric D. Snider reviews Asghar Farhadi's drama The Past.
Take a Trip for Vengeance in Blue Ruin
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Bollywood Genres: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales
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
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
"The Discoverers" is a clumsy but affectionate...
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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage
Marina Hands
A photo of French actress Marina Hands. Page 11.
Somewhere
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.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Seventies
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category from 1970-1979. Page 3.
S21: The Killing Machine of the Khmer Rouge
In "S21," Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh's brings together the victims and perpetrators of Pol Pot's
Battle in Heaven
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.
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
Mallika Sherawat
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat. Page 3.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
How To Throw an Indie Theme Party
a simple how to on indie theme parties, from your about.com guide
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
Alexandra Maria Lara at Cannes
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara arrives at the Blindness premiere at the Palais des Festivals during
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
Shu Qi Photo
A stunning photos of actress Shu Qi. Page 6.
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
Top 8 Thanksgiving Movies
Thanksgiving Movies -- Forget worrying about the turkey and tricky sleeping arrangements -- the real question is what you're going to do with all those house guests between football games and kitchen disasters. Thankfully, we've done the heavy lifting there for you, and found 8 movies to watch that complement Thanksgiving perfectly.
Delhi 6
Sonam Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra presented the world premiere of Delhi 6 at New York's Museum of Modern Art. We have a photo gallery and a movie review from the event
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
Crazy Love
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.
Pooja Batra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Pooja Batra. Page 4.
Twentynine Palms
I had one fairly continuous thought running through my head watching Bruno Dumont's "Twentynine Palms,"
C.O.G.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez gives us well-intentioned big-screen adaptation of David Sedaris essays in C.O.G. The film, unfortunately, lacks's Sedaris' distinctive voice. On screen, the story stalls flat. Glee's Jonathan Groff stars along with Dean Stockwell, Corey Stoll, and Dennis O'Hare.
Monica Belluci in "Napoleon and Me"
Monica Bellucci in "Napoleon and Me
Paradise Now
What drives people to become suicide bombers? Hany Abu-Assad's drama about two Palestinians who strap explosives to their bodies is an eye-opening exploration of the minds and hearts of two perfectly aimable slackers who turn into terrorists.
Oculus
Eric D. Snider reviews the effective horror movie about a haunted mirror.
Top Ten Art House Musicals - World/Independent...
The top films that demonstrate the best blend between terrific music and narrative.
Whitewash, starring Thomas Hayden Church,...
Oscar-nominee Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways) stars in this Canadian drama. Review by Eric D. Snider.
Cate Blanchett on Notes on a Scandal
An interview with Cate Blanchett about NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Adventureland
Kirsten Stweart and Jesse Eisenberg star in Adventureland, Greg Mottola's follow-up to Superbad. Read Jurgen Fauth's review.
Away From Her
Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) Andersson have been married for almost fifty years.
Legendary MKD Films to Relaunch
Legendary MKD Films to Relaunch - Manmohan Desai’s Banner Revived by Son and Grandaughter looks at the news that the legendary Bollywood film company MKD studios is relaunching, thanks to the efforts of Manmohan Desai's son and granddaughter
Diego Luna
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
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