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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.
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.
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.
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,
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
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.
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
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 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.
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.
Perfect Sense
The world is coming to an end in David McKenzie’s dystopian love story 'Perfect Sense' starring Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. Marcy Dermansky reviews.
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).
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!
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.
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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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.
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.
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.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
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.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
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.
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
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.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious film festival.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
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.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
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
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.
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
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.
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
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith -...
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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
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Volver
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.
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.
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.
Fernando Meirelles' City of God
From Brazil comes an exhilarating new film, equal parts Tarantino/Guy Richie slickster spectacle, "Once
Top Ten Indie Movie Soundtracks - World/Indepen...
Top ten indie soundtracks from your About.com Guide
How To Throw an Indie Theme Party
a simple how to on indie theme parties, from your about.com guide
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.
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
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.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Caterina in the Big City
Paolo Virzì's "Caterina in the Big City" is a lovely surprise: an insightful, charming story of a fifteen-year-old
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
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
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
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
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
DVD Box Sets
DVD Box Sets - Recommended DVD Box sets. The best foreign films and independent films Box sets. - From John Cassavettes to Ingrid Bergman, Francois Truffaut to Pedro Almodovar.
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
La Vie En Rose - Review
Olivier Dahan's La Vie En Rose ( La Môme ), a portrait of Edith Piaf, France's most famous singer, features
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.
Daniel Auteuil
A profile of French actor Daniel Auteuil.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
Rani Mukherjee
A profile of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, featuring bio, interviews, filmography and photo galleries.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
How To Watch an Online Movie
a simple how to on watching online movies, from your about.com guide
Love Songs
Featuring the brightest young stars of French cinema and directed by rising filmmaker Christophe Honoré (DANS PARIS), LOVE SONGS is a vibrant and audacious ultra-modern movie musical. Louis Garrel (THE DREAMERS, DANS PARIS), Ludivine Sagnier (SWIMMING POOL), Chiara Mastroianni (PERSEPOLIS), Clotilde Hesme (REGULAR LOVERS), and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet star.
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Sushmita Sen
A stunning photo of Bollywood Actress Sushmita Sen. Page 14.
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
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!
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965 looks at milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1960 until 1965
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Bollywood at the Berlinale
Bollywood at the Berlinale contains an overview of Bollywood's history with the Berlin Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale
Laura Smet
Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festiva
Short Term 12
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.
Top 10 Shu Qi DVDs
Shop for Shu Qi films on DVD. All of her greatest movies(So Close, The Transporter) at the lowest prices.
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Page 17.
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Tabu
A stunning photo of Tabu. World / Independent Film. Page 15.
Top 10 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
I'm Not There
With I'm Not There, his hotly anticipated follow-up to Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes attempts to find the key to Bob Dylan's life and art by unfolding the larger-than-life personality over seven distinct characters. Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Marcus Carl Franklin, Ben Whinshaw, Richard Gere, and Cate Blanchett play the legendary musician at different stages of his career -- or rather, his imagined career, with events and characters drawn as much from the songs as from Dylan's actual biography.
Cillian Murphy
Birth Date: May 25, 1976. Place Of Birth: Douglas, Cork, Ireland. Break Out Role: Cillian Murphy is known
Belgian Film Wins Prestigious Palme d'Or
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INLAND EMPIRE
David Lynch's first movie since Mulholland Drive is a phantasmagoria with the intensity of a bad fever dream. Starring Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, and Jeremy Irons.
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.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
No End In Sight
Pick up a newspaper and chances are you'll see a headline which contains a quotation from President George
Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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The Notorious Bettie Page
A photo from the Picturehouse release "The Notorious Bettie Page", directed by Mary Harron and starring
Sophie Marceau
A stunning photo of French actress Sophie Marceau. Page 9.
Full Review by your World/Independent Film Guide
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell is the real thing: this intense Irish actor is known both for his antics off-screen and his remarkable performances on screen.
Tsotsi
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
Happy, Happy
Norway's selection for Best Foreign Film, Anne Sewitsky’s debut film HAPPY, HAPPY is billed as a comedy. Reviewer Marcy Dermansky did not find the awkward and in fact painful stories of two married couples acting out particularly funny. Read her review.
Lara Dutta
A stunning photo of Lara Dutta. Page 12.
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor at the 'Delhi 6' World Premiere. Page 21.
Ginger and Rosa
The first image in Sally Potter's aching coming-of-age story Ginger & Rosa is the mushroom cloud over
Hrithik Roshan
Birthday: January 10, 1974. Married: Suzanne Khan (Daughter of Sanjay Khan and cousin to Fardeen Khan.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter photo. World/Independent Film. Page 5.
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
Emily Blunt
A photo of the stunning English actress Emily Blunt. Page 2.
A Very Long Engagement
Take the title of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's epic World War romance at face value: two hours and thirteen minutes
The Raid 2: Berandal
Eric D. Snider reviews Gareth Huw Evans' martial-arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, starring Iko Uwais.
Monica Belluci in "Napoleon and Me"
Monica Belluci in Napoleon and Me
Marie-Josee Croze
Marie-Josee Croze poses for a portrait. Page 10.
Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan - On-Screen Together...
Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan - On-Screen Together Again reports on the on-screen renion of Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, who are once again to appear on-screen, though in a television commercial and not a feature film.
Top 10 Hong Kong Films
Since The Matrix introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
Monsoon Wedding
Mira Nair's exuberant Bollywood film won the Golden Lion Award at Venice. Yet five plots lines, sixty-eight actors, three languages, and cartloads of marigolds equal a likable TV drama.
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Yusuke Iseya & Yoshino Kimura
Actors Yusuke Iseya and Yoshino Kimura attend the Blindness photocall at the Palais des Festivals during
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Ken Loach's THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, winner of the Golden Palm at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, is a searing story of two brothers whose loyalties are put to the ultimate test in the fight for Irish independence. Earnest and seemingly comprehensive, Loach's drama provides both a lesson in history and the complexities of war. Cillian Murphy gives a fine performance in the leading role.
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
Whale Rider
Visit Their Website Ever so often, a foreign movie will offer a hackneyed story, easily identifiable
Anne Parillaud
A portrait of French actress Anne Parillaud, the original Femme Nikita. Page 19.
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.
Pornography
Two artists hide out at a country estate during the German occupation of Poland and play unlikely cupids
Bully
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.
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.
Paz Vega
Paz Vega: a stunning photo of the talented and beautiful Spanish actress. Page 2.
Natalia Verbeke
A stunning photo of Natalia Verbeke. Page 15.
Pola X
Pola X - A review of Leo Carax's film Pola X starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Jurgen Fauth reviews.
Laurent Lucas photo
Laurent Lucas - French actor Laurent Lucas photo and biography. Page 9.
Emma Watson
Actress Emma Watson poses in front of the winners' boards after presenting the award for Best British Film at the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards 2008. Page 26.
Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan at Cannes
Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arrive at the 'Up' Party at the Carlton Beach during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2009 in Cannes, France. Page 21.
Aissa Maiga
A stunning photo of French actress Aissa Maiga. Page 17.
Amar, Akbar, Anthony
Amar Akbar Anthony - A Review of the 1977 Bollywood film Amar Akbar Anthony, directed by Manmohan Desai and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, and Nirupa Roy.
Review: The Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson's <I>The Darjeeling Limited</I> is a wonderful film -- both funny and affecting. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as a trio of semi-deranged brothers who take a desperately needed spiritual journey across India on the Darjeeling Limited. The cast also includes Angelica Huston, Bill Murray, Natalie Portman, and in a marvelous debut, British actress Amara Karan.
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.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes
Monica Bellucci at Cannes. . World / Independent Film. Page 17.
Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto attends 'Slumdog Millionaire' during the 2008 Tribeca cinema series. Page 20.
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.

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