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Eric D. Snider reviews the effective horror movie about a haunted mirror.
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.
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.
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
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.
Background: Shu Qi was born April 16, 1976 in Taiwan. Her name is sometimes seen in the Western order
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
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.
We adore a good love story, a film so romantic that the end will bring tears to your eyes. Our top indie
A photo from the Strand Releasing film "Head-On (Gegen die Wand)", directed by Fatih Akin and starring
German actress Sibel Kekilli made her feature film debut in Fatih Akin's award winning film Head-On (Gegen die Wand).
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.
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 Bollywood Actresses To Know - Bollywood beauties, from world famous actress Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee to rising stars Mallika Sherawat and Sonam Kapoor.
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Rosamund Pike at the 2008 Academy Awards. Page 11.
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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!
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Canada: the land of mounties, maple syrup, and strange individuals who insert videotapes into their bellies.
Since "The Matrix" introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
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.
A photo gallery of British actresses
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
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.
Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton star in Wes Anderson's latest confection. Read our review.
Scarlett Johansson stars as alien in Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Fabers novel. Eric D. Snider reviews.
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
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.
There’s a certain kind of twisted logic to it: Gabriel Garcia Marquez' novel about the persistence of love has turned, in the hands of a mediocre director, into a a campy, puffed-up piece of rotten Oscar bait, a movie of such boundless badness that it would take somebody with a Nobel Prize in literature to truly fathom the extent of its wretchedness.
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
The Chorus is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
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.
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Gallery of photos of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950 contains a list of cinematic milestones in Bollywood films from 1930 to 1950.
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Emma Thompson photo World / Independent Film. Page 17.
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
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.
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.
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.
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.
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
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.
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Eric D. Snider reviews Daniel Patrick Carbone's evocative rumination on adolescence.
Documentary on a principled and moral life. Biography of the pastor, pacifist, and Nazi Resister Thorough
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Eric D. Snider reviews Gareth Huw Evans' martial-arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, starring Iko Uwais.
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
A profile of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, featuring bio, interviews, filmography and photo galleries.
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.
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
Background: Deepika Padukone was born January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
I'm all in favor of people bursting into song (see my top ten list of art house musicals), and so it
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
The Best films from Australia and New Zealand, including movies by Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, George Miller, and Peter Weir.
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.
Kelly Macdonald at the premiere of No Country For Old Men at the Cannes Film Festival
Monica Bellucci in Malena
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Emmanuelle Seigner French Actresses. Page 30.
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
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
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
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.
Background: Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982. Her parents are both doctors. The actress went
Ariadna Gil: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 9.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
Gallery of photos of actress Ludivine Sagnier. Page 10.
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.
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
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.
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
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.
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.
Jurgen Fauth reviews Andrei Tarkovsky and Steven Soderbergh's "Solaris"
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.
Background: Paz Vega was born in Seville, Spain, on January 2, 1976. and takes her stage name from her
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous
A photo from the Paramount Vantage release "Black Snake Moan", directed by Craig Brewer and starring
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
The hype surrounding Michael Moore's scathing analysis of the Bush Administration has been impossible
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1950-1960 covers a list of milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1950-1960
Background: Martinez was born in Paris, France on January 12, 1966. His father is a Spanish professional
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.
Sofia Coppola has made the kind of movie that I love to see most. "Lost In Translation" is a simple story
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
Little Miss Sunshine was the talk of this year's Sundance film festival: receiving the festivals biggest distrubtion deal ever and getting a standing ovation after the premiere. The good news: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris debut film (a comedy/roadtrip/family drama) is worthy of the buzz. Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano and newcomer Abigail Breslin star.
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara arrives at the Blindness premiere at the Palais des Festivals during
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.
Birth Date: July 27, 1977. Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Discovered: First spotted hanging out at
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
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.
(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.
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
"Bollywood/Hollywood" promises a knowing masala of Hollywood conventions, Bollywood-style melodrama,
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
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.
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
Alex Gibney's documentary about the spectacular bankruptcy of the energy trading company tells a gripping story of greed, deception, and fraud.
A review of Once Upon A Time in China, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Pola X - A review of Leo Carax's film Pola X starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Jurgen Fauth reviews.
I was a German school kid when this submarine thriller first came out, and at the time, we spent a lot
Girl with a Pearl Earring. World / Independent Film.
"The Magdalene Sisters" is a bold, shocking and powerful film. Through the fictional stories of three
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
George Clooney's sophomore film, which tells a story of journalistic integrity, opened the 43rd New York Film Festival on Friday. With David Strathairn as CBS anchorman Edward Murrow and the real Joe McCarthy. Jurgen reviews.
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.
Troubled Water review - Erik Poppe's Troubled Water review, a story of redemption, won the two top prizes at the Hamptons Film Festival: the Golden Starfish for Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Water. Actress Trine Dyrholm is true discovery.
Writer-director Hans Weingartner's new film is a very German thriller with a theme: whatever happened
Calendar Girls is a small and lovely film. Terrific English actresses Helen Mirren and Julie Walters
Visit Their Website Ever so often, a foreign movie will offer a hackneyed story, easily identifiable
Salma Hayek: a stunning photo of the famous actress. Page 11.
Leticia Dolera: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 6.
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.
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Christina Ricci speaks about her new movie, Johnnny Depp, and Los Angeles, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat. Page 3.
Background : Michael Pitt was born on April 10, 1981 in West Orange, New Jersey. Photo Gallery: For more
Health is strangely hip these days. There are low carb diets, macrobiotic diets, rocks stars who've gone
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.
An uproarious comedy set at a proper English funeral? Frank Oz proves that it can and it should be done.
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 photo from the Sony Pictures Classics release "Angel-A", directed by Luc Besson and starring Jamel
You may already have heard a thing or two about Richard Kelly's long-awaited follow-up to the cult hit
Birth Date: July 3, 1979. Place of Birth: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Double Exposure: 2003
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.
Birth Date: October 1, 1981. Place of Birth: Marseille, France. Career Profile: Smoldering beauty Roxane
The top ten anti-war movies