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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.
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
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
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
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
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 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.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
Aishwarya Rai
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. Page 5.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
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
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
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:
Review: Little Miss Sunshine
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.
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.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Where Do We Go Now?
Review: Where Do We Go Now? Lebanese filmmmakers Nadine Labaki's second film 'Where Do We Go Now?' is a full fledged feminist comedy, replete with fantasy musical sequences. Jordan Hoffman reviews.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
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
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
Whale Rider
Visit Their Website Ever so often, a foreign movie will offer a hackneyed story, easily identifiable
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.
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
Kate del Castillo
A stunning photo of actress Kate del Castillo. Page 5.
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Tsotsi
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
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.
Sophie Marceau
A stunning photo of French actress Sophie Marceau. Page 9.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
Pola X
Pola X - A review of Leo Carax's film Pola X starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Jurgen Fauth reviews.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
Ingrid Rubio
A stunning photo of actress Ingrid Rubio. Page 14.
Mallika Sherawat
Popular Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is one of India's most famous sex symbols.
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Page 17.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
Shilpa Shetty
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Page 18.
Sexy Beast - Ben Kingsley - A Review by Beck...
A review of "Sexy Beast" starring Ben Kinglsey, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Aitana Sanchez Gijon
Aitana Sanchez Gijon: a photo of the stunning Spanish actress. Page 13.
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.
Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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Monica Bellucci in "Irreversible"
Monica Bellucci in Irreversible
Don't Move
Give her some tacky blue eye shadow, wobbly high heels, a horrendous hair cut, some false front teeth
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965 looks at milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1960 until 1965
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
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Elsa Pataky
A photo of gorgeous Spanish actress Elsa Pataky. Page 8.
An Inconvenient Truth
David Guggenheim documents Al Gore's slide show: a compelling and easy to understand scientific exploration of the dramtic effects of global warming.
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
Calendar Girls
Calendar Girls is a small and lovely film. Terrific English actresses Helen Mirren and Julie Walters
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Paz Vega
Paz Vega: a stunning photo of the talented and beautiful Spanish actress. Page 2.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes
Monica Bellucci at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. . Page 16.
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Away From Her
Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) Andersson have been married for almost fifty years.
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!
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.
Only God Forgives - Review
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Leticia Dolera
Leticia Dolera: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 6.
The Motorcycle Diaries
In 1952, a young Argentine medical student and his friend left on an aging motorcycle to travel through
The Corporation
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan present a thorough investigation of the history, power, and impact of corporations on modern civilization.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema –...
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema – Part 2 looks at the many languages of Indian Cinema, and this part covers Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Head-On (Gegen die Wand) Review
Fatih Akin's thrilling drama "Head-On" starts out loud and ugly. 40-year-old Turkish-German Cahit (Birol
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Kate Winslet in the Reader
Kate Winslet is read to in the bath in a scene from Stephen Daldry's The Reader. Page 2.
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
The Free Will (Der Freie Wille)
Hard-working German actor Jürgen Vogel plays the serial rapist Theo in Matthias Glasner’s almost unbearably grim The Free Will (Der Freie Wille), now out on DVD from Benten.
Celina Jaitley
Gorgeous Celina Jaitley arrives at the INSPI(RED) event in Los Angeles, California. Page 19.
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Esther Canadas
Esther Canadas: a photo of the beautiful actress. Page 3.
Turtles Can Fly
In his films, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi casts a surreal spell. With unnerving calm, his movies
The Magdalene Sisters - Review
"The Magdalene Sisters" is a bold, shocking and powerful film. Through the fictional stories of three
Eva Santolaria
Eva Santolaria: a photo gallery of the actress. Page 7.
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
9 Songs
Starring: Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley \ .Directed by: Michael Winterbottom. Produced by : Andrew
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
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.
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
Leonar Watling
Leonar Watling: a photo of the beautiful and talented Spanish actress. Page 10.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Seventies
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category from 1970-1979. Page 3.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Alex Gibney's documentary about the spectacular bankruptcy of the energy trading company tells a gripping story of greed, deception, and fraud.
Natalia Verbeke
A stunning photo of Natalia Verbeke. Page 15.
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz: a stunning photo of Cruz at the 2008 Academy Awards.
Once
John Carney's lo-fi musical about a Dublin busker and an immigrant single mother who meet in the streets and record a demo tape together is a real charmer. The film received standing ovations and the Audience Award at Sundance.
Alice Braga
A photo of actress Alice Braga. Page 4.
Bollywood on Bollywood
Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Documentary to Premiere at Cannes is a preview of the documentary Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told that will have its premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist, and produced by Shekhar Kapoor
Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto attends 'Slumdog Millionaire' during the 2008 Tribeca cinema series. Page 20.
Candela Pena
Candela Pena: a photo of the actress. Page 22.
How To Watch an Online Movie
a simple how to on watching online movies, from your about.com guide
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.
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.
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 Lovers on the Bridge DVD
Surprising and poetic love story starring Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant Best use of Public Enemy
Ariadna Gil
Ariadna Gil: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 9.
Trouble The Water
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.
Melanie Laurent
A stunning photo of French actress Melanie Laurent. Page 16.
Priyanka Chopra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Page 9.
Byzantium
Irish director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) directs Byzantium, a new take on the Vampire movie, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton,
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.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Top Ten Indie Movie Soundtracks - World/Indepen...
Top ten indie soundtracks from your About.com Guide
Brick
Perhaps the freshest take on the genre since Reservoir Dogs , first-time director Rian Johnson sets a
'Hellion', a human, well-acted drama, reviewed...
Kat Chandler's indie drama stars Aaron Paul. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Monica Bellucci in "Brotherhood of the Wolf"
Monica Bellucci in Brotherhood of the Wolf
And Along Come Tourists
Like Weltschmerz and Fahrvergnügen , Vergangenheitsbewältigung is one of those German words that don't
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
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!
Protocols of Zion
No matter how you feel about it, a documentary about anti-Semitism isn't anybody's idea of a good time.

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