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Review: Cold in July
Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale's novel and directed by Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), is a highly satisfying bit of pulp fiction. Starring Michael
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 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.
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 Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
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).
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
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.
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,
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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.
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 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.
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.
Talk To Me
"Talk to Me, talk to me," radio dj Petey Greene ( Don Cheadle ) says to his listeners, the riled-up black
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Movie Review: 10 Items Or Less
10 Items or Less is a comedy that pairs two perfect strangers whose chance meeting over the course of one day creates an unexpected bond, and reminds them both that life still has the opportunity to surprise. Written and directed by Brad Silberling, 10 ITEMS OR LESS features Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in the starring roles. Opens December 1, 2006.
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
A review of Anton Corbijn's John le Carre...
A review of Anton Corbijn's John le Caree adaptation, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Top 10 Essential French FIlms
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.
Red Hook Summer
Review: Red Hook Summer. Spike Lee's “return to his roots” film that he self-financed and shot in under 25 days makes it premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Jordan Hoffman reviews.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
Only God Forgives - Review
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Becoming Jane
Anne Hathaway stars as Jane Austen in Julian Jarrold's costume drama. The American actress looks lovely in an empire ball gown, and she skillfully puts on the English accent as yet another typical Jane Austen heroine--only this time, she's the real Jane Austen.
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
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.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Idi Amin Dada
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
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!
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.
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.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
Europa Report
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
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
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.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
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.
An Inconvenient Truth
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
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.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles...
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
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.
Intruders
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.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
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
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
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 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 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Sex Is Comedy
A film director (Anne Parillaud) is consumed with directing a young actress and actor in a difficult sex scene in Catherine Breillat's new drama. Opens October 20, 2004.
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola has made the kind of movie that I love to see most. "Lost In Translation" is a simple story
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
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.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at Cannes
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the 'Changeling' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2008 in Cannes, France. Page 14.
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.
Review: Hellion
Writer-director Kat Chandler's third feature, starring Josh Wiggins and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, is a humane, well-acted drama about a motocross-loving
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
A Single Shot
Review of A Single Shot, a 2013 crime drama-thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Matthew F. Jones, based on his own novel of same name. The film stars Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Ted Levine, Kelly Reilly and Jason Isaacs.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
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.
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
Berlin Babylon - Capsule Review by your...
A Capsule Review of "Berlin Babylon" from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Rescue Dawn
Ten years ago, Werner Herzog made a documentary called Little Dieter Needs to Fly, about a German-born U.S. Navy pilot who was shot down in Laos during the beginning stages of the Vietnam war. Now, Herzog returns with a fictionalized version of the very same story starring Christian Bale.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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No End In Sight
Pick up a newspaper and chances are you'll see a headline which contains a quotation from President George
Diego Luna
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Tsotsi
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Monica Bellucci in "Irreversible"
Monica Bellucci in Irreversible
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
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.
Top Ten Art House Musicals - World/Independent...
The top films that demonstrate the best blend between terrific music and narrative.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Pola X
Pola X - A review of Leo Carax's film Pola X starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Jurgen Fauth reviews.
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.
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.
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
Innocence
I couldn't stop thinking about pedophiles while I watched Lucile Hadzihalilovic's surreal film "Innocence."
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.
Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces
Do you ever think about dying? About someone killing you, or you killing yourself? Youthful summertime memories and untapped adolescent angst take center
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
The Way Way Back
Review: The Way Way Back. Eric D. Snider reviews the lovely and familiar coming of age comedy 'The Way Way Back.'
Review: Locke
An entire movie about one guy driving a car is a risky endeavor, but it helps if that one guy is Tom Hardy (Black Hawk Down, Inception, The Dark Knight
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
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!
9 Songs
Starring: Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley \ .Directed by: Michael Winterbottom. Produced by : Andrew
'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' Review
Vicky Christina Barcelona Review - A review of Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona starring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Barden, Penelope Cruz, and Rebecca Hall. Even a sapphic kiss between leading ladies can not redeem the mediocre offering.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage
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
Another Gay Movie
Crude, lewd, and pretty freakin' funny: Another Gay Movie is an unrated and unrelentingly queer take
Off The Map
Campell Scott directs this pitch-perfect drama about a free-thinking family who lives in the New Mexico desert. Joan Allen, Sam Elliot, Jim True-Frost and newcomer Valentina de Angelis star.
Top Ten Indie Movie Soundtracks - World/Indepen...
Top ten indie soundtracks from your About.com Guide
Ludivine Sagnier
Birth Date: July 3, 1979. Place of Birth: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Double Exposure: 2003
The Corporation
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan present a thorough investigation of the history, power, and impact of corporations on modern civilization.
Priyanka Chopra
Background: Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982. Her parents are both doctors. The actress went
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton star in Wes Anderson's latest confection. Read our review.
Melanie Doutey
A stunning photo of French actress Melanie Doutey. Page 27.
Rani Mukherjee
A profile of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, featuring bio, interviews, filmography and photo galleries.
Bonhoeffer DVD
Documentary on a principled and moral life. Biography of the pastor, pacifist, and Nazi Resister Thorough
'Hellion', a human, well-acted drama, reviewed...
Kat Chandler's indie drama stars Aaron Paul. Eric D. Snider reviews.
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.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
Adventureland
Kirsten Stweart and Jesse Eisenberg star in Adventureland, Greg Mottola's follow-up to Superbad. Read Jurgen Fauth's review.
Daniel Auteuil
A profile of French actor Daniel Auteuil.
Pedro Almodovar
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous
Olivier Martinez
Background: Martinez was born in Paris, France on January 12, 1966. His father is a Spanish professional
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious film festival.
"The Aviator" Review
Disclaimer: "The Aviator" is neither a world nor an independent film. This fact is indisputable, despite
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.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], from your about.com guide
The Magdalene Sisters - Review
"The Magdalene Sisters" is a bold, shocking and powerful film. Through the fictional stories of three
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
The Girl Next Door - Independent / World Film -...
A Review of Christine Fugate's The Girl Next Door, the documentary about Stacey Valentiner, from your About.com Guide
An interview with Senegalese artist and...
An interview with Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatoumata Kandé Senghor.
Raoul Bova
A profile of Raoul Bova, one of Italy's hottest stars.
Review: Juno
Ellen Page plays a smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate (Michael Cera).With Jennifer Garner,Jason Batemen. Jason Reitman,director.
Movie Pitchers in Trouble
A call for help from the good people at New Orleans' friendliest movie theater.
Monica Bellucci
A profile of Italian actress Monica Bellucci.
Natalia Avelon
Background: German actress Natalia Avelon was born March 29, 1980 in Wrocław Poland as Natalia Siwek.
Laura Smet
Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festiva
Top 10 Indie Film Soundtracks
Top ten indie soundtracks from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as alien in Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Fabers novel. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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