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Oculus
Eric D. Snider reviews the effective horror movie about a haunted mirror.
Top 10 Italian Film 101
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.
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.
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
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.
Shu Qi
Background: Shu Qi was born April 16, 1976 in Taiwan. Her name is sometimes seen in the Western order
Top Ten Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
Top 10 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.
Top 10 Romantic Movies
We adore a good love story, a film so romantic that the end will bring tears to your eyes. Our top indie
Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
A photo from the Strand Releasing film "Head-On (Gegen die Wand)", directed by Fatih Akin and starring
Sibel Kekilli
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.
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.
10 Bollywood Actresses To 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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike at the 2008 Academy Awards. Page 11.
Locke
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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!
Only God Forgives - Review
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Top 10 Films from Canada
Canada: the land of mounties, maple syrup, and strange individuals who insert videotapes into their bellies.
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,
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.
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.
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Hotel Rwanda
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.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton star in Wes Anderson's latest confection. Read our review.
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as alien in Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Fabers novel. Eric D. Snider reviews.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
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.
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.
Love in the Time of Cholera
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.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Top 10 French Film Essentials
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.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Photos of Shu Qi
Gallery of photos of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
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.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson photo World / Independent Film. Page 17.
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
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.
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.
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 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.
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
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.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Hide Your Smiling Faces
Eric D. Snider reviews Daniel Patrick Carbone's evocative rumination on adolescence.
Bonhoeffer DVD
Documentary on a principled and moral life. Biography of the pastor, pacifist, and Nazi Resister Thorough
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
The Raid 2: Berandal
Eric D. Snider reviews Gareth Huw Evans' martial-arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, starring Iko Uwais.
Diego Luna
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
An Inconvenient Truth
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
Rani Mukherjee
A profile of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, featuring bio, interviews, filmography and photo galleries.
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.
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
Deepika Padukone
Background: Deepika Padukone was born January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore
The Place Beyond the Pines
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"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
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
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
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.
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.
Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald at the premiere of No Country For Old Men at the Cannes Film Festival
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner French Actresses. Page 30.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
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 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
Tsotsi
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
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.
Priyanka Chopra
Background: Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982. Her parents are both doctors. The actress went
Ariadna Gil
Ariadna Gil: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 9.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
Ludivine Sagnier in "La Fille Coupee En Deux"
Gallery of photos of actress Ludivine Sagnier. Page 10.
Off The Map
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.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
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.
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
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.
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.
Solaris - Soderbergh and Tarkovsky
Jurgen Fauth reviews Andrei Tarkovsky and Steven Soderbergh's "Solaris"
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.
Paz Vega
Background: Paz Vega was born in Seville, Spain, on January 2, 1976. and takes her stage name from her
Top 10 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Pedro Almodovar
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous
Black Snake Moan
A photo from the Paramount Vantage release "Black Snake Moan", directed by Craig Brewer and starring
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
Fahrenheit 9/11
The hype surrounding Michael Moore's scathing analysis of the Bush Administration has been impossible
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
Olivier Martinez
Background: Martinez was born in Paris, France on January 12, 1966. His father is a Spanish professional
Factotum
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.
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola has made the kind of movie that I love to see most. "Lost In Translation" is a simple story
Sonakshi Sinha
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
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.
Alexandra Maria Lara at Cannes
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara arrives at the Blindness premiere at the Palais des Festivals during
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.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Birth Date: July 27, 1977. Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Discovered: First spotted hanging out at
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Harry Brown
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
(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.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Bollywood/Hollywood
"Bollywood/Hollywood" promises a knowing masala of Hollywood conventions, Bollywood-style melodrama,
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
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.
Europa Report
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
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.
Once Upon a Time in China - World Film
A review of Once Upon A Time in China, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Pola X
Pola X - A review of Leo Carax's film Pola X starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Jurgen Fauth reviews.
Das Boot
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 - Review
Girl with a Pearl Earring. World / Independent Film.
The Magdalene Sisters - Review
"The Magdalene Sisters" is a bold, shocking and powerful film. Through the fictional stories of three
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
Good Night, and Good Luck.
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.
Top 8 Thanksgiving Movies
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.
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.
The Edukators
Writer-director Hans Weingartner's new film is a very German thriller with a theme: whatever happened
Calendar Girls
Calendar Girls is a small and lovely film. Terrific English actresses Helen Mirren and Julie Walters
Whale Rider
Visit Their Website Ever so often, a foreign movie will offer a hackneyed story, easily identifiable
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek: a stunning photo of the famous actress. Page 11.
Leticia Dolera
Leticia Dolera: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 6.
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.
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
An Interview with Christina Ricci - World Film
Christina Ricci speaks about her new movie, Johnnny Depp, and Los Angeles, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Mallika Sherawat
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat. Page 3.
Michael Pitt
Background : Michael Pitt was born on April 10, 1981 in West Orange, New Jersey. Photo Gallery: For more
Coffee and Cigarettes
Health is strangely hip these days. There are low carb diets, macrobiotic diets, rocks stars who've gone
Reaching for the Moon
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.
Death At A Funeral
An uproarious comedy set at a proper English funeral? Frank Oz proves that it can and it should be done.
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.
Angel-A
A photo from the Sony Pictures Classics release "Angel-A", directed by Luc Besson and starring Jamel
Southland Tales
You may already have heard a thing or two about Richard Kelly's long-awaited follow-up to the cult hit
Ludivine Sagnier
Birth Date: July 3, 1979. Place of Birth: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Double Exposure: 2003
Top 10 Gay and Lesbian DVDs
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.
Roxane Mesquida
Birth Date: October 1, 1981. Place of Birth: Marseille, France. Career Profile: Smoldering beauty Roxane
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies

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