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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.
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.
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.
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
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 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 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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
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.
The 10 Best Canadian Movies
A list of must-see Canadian films, including David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Have you seen all ten of these films?
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.
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).
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.
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
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.
An interview with Senegalese artist and...
An interview with Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatoumata Kandé Senghor.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
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!
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.
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 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
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
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
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.
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.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
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
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
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
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Mina Nair's adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist.' Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Riz Ahmed star.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
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.
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
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.
Audrey Tautou
Birth Date: August 9, 1978. Audrey Tautou's Breakout Role: Audrey Tautou charmed audiences in Jean Pierre
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], 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.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes
Monica Bellucci at Cannes. . World / Independent Film. Page 17.
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.
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.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
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
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
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.
How To Watch an Online Movie
a simple how to on watching online movies, from your about.com guide
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
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
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Stories We Tell
A review of Sarah Polley's documentary 'Stories We Tell.'
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz: a stunning photo of Cruz at the 2008 Academy Awards.
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
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.
The Magdalene Sisters - Review
"The Magdalene Sisters" is a bold, shocking and powerful film. Through the fictional stories of three
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.
Ludivine Sagnier
Birth Date: July 3, 1979. Place of Birth: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Double Exposure: 2003
Intermission
There's something off in the first scene of "Intermission," when Colin Farrell (on a brief sabbatical
Top 10 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
My Brother The Devil
A review of Sally El Hosaini's debut film 'My Brother The Devil.'
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.
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.
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Page 17.
Shilpa Shetty
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Page 18.
Rani Mukherjee
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee. Page 13.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
How To Throw an Indie Theme Party
a simple how to on indie theme parties, from your about.com guide
No End In Sight
Pick up a newspaper and chances are you'll see a headline which contains a quotation from President George
Monica Belluci in "Napoleon and Me"
Monica Bellucci in "Napoleon and Me
Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor at the 'Delhi 6' World Premiere. Page 21.
Swimming Pool
Big-bosomed, small-waisted French actress Ludivine Sagnier parades topless for more than half of her
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
Monica Bellucci in "Tears of the Sun"
Monica Bellucci in Tears of the Sun
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.
Tabu
A stunning photo of Tabu. World / Independent Film. Page 15.
Monica Bellucci in "Irreversible"
Monica Bellucci in Irreversible
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.
I Capture the Castle
I am sad to write that I did not love, nor was I swept away by Tim Fywell's "I Capture The Castle." Set
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
In a recent and disturbing trend in American filmmaking, there seems to be a preponderance of stories
The Notorious Bettie Page
A photo from the Picturehouse release "The Notorious Bettie Page", directed by Mary Harron and starring
Sushmita Sen
A stunning photo of Bollywood Actress Sushmita Sen. Page 14.
Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto attends 'Slumdog Millionaire' during the 2008 Tribeca cinema series. Page 20.
Band of Outsiders DVD
To hear Jean-Luc Godard tell it in the accompanying interview, his seventh film Band of Outsiders should
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
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.
Celina Jaitley
Gorgeous Celina Jaitley arrives at the INSPI(RED) event in Los Angeles, California. Page 19.
Monica Bellucci in "How Much Do You Love Me?"
Monica Bellucci in How Much Do You Love Me
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!
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.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Seventies
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category from 1970-1979. Page 3.
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Starring: Aileen Wuonos, Nick Broomfield (as themselves) Director: Nick Broomfield Release Date: January
Monica Bellucci in "Brotherhood of the Wolf"
Monica Bellucci in Brotherhood of the Wolf
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paz Vega
Background: Paz Vega was born in Seville, Spain, on January 2, 1976. and takes her stage name from her
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith -...
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Foreign Film Oscars - The Forties and Fifties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category 1947-1959. Page 5.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Jacques Demy's candy-colored love story is sung all the way through, but don't let that turn you off. Catherine Deneuve is so young, beautiful, and innocent, it's enough to make the toughest musical hater's heart melt. A romance for the ages.
Lara Dutta
A stunning photo of Lara Dutta. Page 12.
Mallika Sherawat
Popular Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is one of India's most famous sex symbols.
Top 10 Christmas Movies for Cynics
? Sick of White Christmas ? Here is our list of ten Christmas movies that are guaranteed not to fill
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.'
Eva Green Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of French actress Eva Green
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Eric D. Snider's review of Stephen Chow's loose reimagining of the classic Chinese novel.
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.
No Country for Old Men
Taciturn cowboy Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds a suitcase full of money out near the Rio Grande -- along with several dead Mexicans and a pick up truck full of heroin. Our hero knows that he shouldn't take the money, but he takes it anyway. For the duration of No Country For Old Men, the Coen Brothers' slick adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, Moss runs doggedly for his life, relentlessly chased by a psycho killer with an unusual hair cut (Javier Bardem).
Confessions of a Burning Man
Filmmakers Unesu Lee and Paul Barnett gathered some friends and subjects, packed their digital cameras,
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.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
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.
Wristcutters: A Love Story
A photo from the Lionsgate release "Wristcutters: A Love Story", directed by Goran Dukic and starring
Taking Woodstock
Taking Woodstock - A review of Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. Ang Lee lighten ups in this warm and funny adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir. Comic Demetri Martin is terrific in his first starring role. The cast also includes Imelda Staunton, Emilie Hirsh, Paul Dano and Liev Scrierber, who does terrific work in a dress.
Mud
A review of Jeff Nichol's Mud. Matthew McConaughey stars in the title role in this coming of age film set, like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, along the Mississippi River. Reese Witherspoon co-stars.
Priyanka Chopra
Background: Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982. Her parents are both doctors. The actress went
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Laurent Lucas photo
Laurent Lucas - French actor Laurent Lucas photo and biography. Page 9.
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