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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.
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.
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
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
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.
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.
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
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.
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 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.
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.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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.
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 Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
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.
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 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.
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 Independent Films
Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
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
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
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!
Can Netflix Keep What It Promises? - World Film
O Netflix, Where Art Thou? Part 1: Can the online DVD rental service keep its promises? When it sounds
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
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
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not 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.
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
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
Sophie Marceau
A stunning photo of French actress Sophie Marceau. Page 9.
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Marie-Josee Croze
Marie-Josee Croze poses for a portrait. Page 10.
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
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
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.
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.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
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.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
How To Watch an Online Movie
a simple how to on watching online movies, from your about.com guide
Aishwarya Rai
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. Page 18.
Benoit Magimel photo
Benoit Magimel arrives at the French NRJ Music Awards ceremony. Page 6.
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.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
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.
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
Laurent Lucas photo
Laurent Lucas - French actor Laurent Lucas photo and biography. Page 9.
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
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
Olivier Martinez photo
Olivier Martinez arrives at the premiere of Miramax Films' 'No Country For Old Men.' Page 10.
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
The Visitor
The situation in Tom McCarthy's second film The Visitor is ripe with drama: Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins), an economics professor and quintessential sad man, returns to his Greenwich Village apartment when his Connecticut college pressures him to present a lecture at NYU. His apartment, however, isn't empty. Illegal immigrants have moved in: an attractive young couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira).
Marina Hands
A photo of French actress Marina Hands. Page 11.
Louis Garrel photo
Louis Garrel photo: Louis Garrel at Cannes. Page 8.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
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
Guillaume Canet photo
Guillaume Canet attends the premiere for the film 'Chacun Son Cinema.'. Page 7.
Turtles Can Fly
In his films, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi casts a surreal spell. With unnerving calm, his movies
Nora Arnezeder
Nora Arnezeder attends the premiere of the Christophe Barratier's film 'Paris 36'in Paris, France. Page 35.
The Magdalene Sisters - Review
"The Magdalene Sisters" is a bold, shocking and powerful film. Through the fictional stories of three
Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
A photo from the Strand Releasing film "Head-On (Gegen die Wand)", directed by Fatih Akin and starring
Review: Troubled Water
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.
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.
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.
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
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
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Gerard Depardieu photo
Gerard Depardieu photo: Gerard Depardieu Enjoys A Moment On The Film Set Of 'Dina.' Page 5.
Maniac Review
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.
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.
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
Melanie Laurent
A stunning photo of French actress Melanie Laurent. 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
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.
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.
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Hafsia Herzi
Hafsia Herzi attends the Up Premiere at the Palais De Festival during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2009 in Cannes, France. Page 36.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith -...
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Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
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.
Don't Move
Give her some tacky blue eye shadow, wobbly high heels, a horrendous hair cut, some false front teeth
Nathalie Baye
A stunning photo of French actress Nathalie Baye. Page 25.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Seventies
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category from 1970-1979. Page 3.
Romain Duris photo
Romain Duris at the 'Paris' premiere. Page 4.
Irene Jacob
A stunning photo of French actress Irene Jacob. Page 26.
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.
Vincent Lindon photo
French actor Vincent Lindon attends the 59th Venice Film Festival. Page 11.
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
Review: Yojiro Takita's Departures
Departures - A review of Yojiro Takita's 'Departures'. Departures received an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008. Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kimiko Yo, Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki star in 'Departures.'
Diego Luna
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
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.
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.
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
Gaspard Ulliel photo
Gaspard Ulliel photo: Gaspard Ulliel attends the premiere for 'Spiderman 3' in Paris. Page 12.
Aitana Sanchez Gijon
Aitana Sanchez Gijon: a photo of the stunning Spanish actress. Page 13.
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
Sibel Kekilli
Sibel Kekilli. World / Independent Film. Page 24.
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
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!
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Aissa Maiga
A stunning photo of French actress Aissa Maiga. Page 17.
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.
Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," based on the short story by Annie Proulx, is frank in its depiction of
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as alien in Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Fabers novel. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Top Ten Indie Movie Soundtracks - World/Indepen...
Top ten indie soundtracks from your About.com Guide
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Sami Bouajila photo
Sami Bouajila poses in the award room at Cesar Film Awards 2008 at Theatre du Chatelet. Page 13.
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola has made the kind of movie that I love to see most. "Lost In Translation" is a simple story
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
Fernando Meirelles' City of God
From Brazil comes an exhilarating new film, equal parts Tarantino/Guy Richie slickster spectacle, "Once
And Along Come Tourists
Like Weltschmerz and Fahrvergnügen , Vergangenheitsbewältigung is one of those German words that don't
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
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.
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
Charlotte Gainsbourg
A stunning photo of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Page 13.
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner French Actresses. Page 30.
Emma Suarez
Emma Suarez: a photo of the gorgeous actress. Page 17.
Tsotsi
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
Julie Delpy
A stunning photo of French actress Julie Delpy. Page 12.
Sherrybaby
It's obvious, but it needs to be said: Maggie, baby. If ever there was a reason to see Laurie Collyer's
Grindhouse
The two bad boys of indie cinema team up for an exploitation double feature: Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez' Planet Terror make up the two halves of Grindhouse.
"The Aviator" Review
Disclaimer: "The Aviator" is neither a world nor an independent film. This fact is indisputable, despite
Match Point
Woody Allen is Back... With the Worst Movie of the Year For six years now, critics and audiences have
Away From Her
Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) Andersson have been married for almost fifty years.
Jalil Lespert photo
Jalil Lespert poses at the 'Le Promeneur Du Champs De Mars' Photocall during the 55th annual Berlinale International Film Festival on February 14, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. Page 14.
Eva Green in "Casino Royale"
Eva Green in Casino Royal
Coffee and Cigarettes
Health is strangely hip these days. There are low carb diets, macrobiotic diets, rocks stars who've gone

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