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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.
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.
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 Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
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!
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Talk To Me
"Talk to Me, talk to me," radio dj Petey Greene ( Don Cheadle ) says to his listeners, the riled-up black
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as alien in Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Fabers novel. Eric D. Snider reviews.
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 French Film Essentials
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.
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!
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.
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.
Only God Forgives - Review
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Review Mash-Up: Superman Returns vs. The Road...
Bryan Singer’s comic book spectacular features a latex-clad hero with fluttering cape, Michael Winterbottoms docudrama is about men in chains and orange jumpsuits. Both films are about superpowers, but which movie has more to say about truth, justice, and the American way? Which film tells the more gripping story? Read Jürgen’s review mash-up.
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,
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
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 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.
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.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
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.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton star in Wes Anderson's latest confection. Read our review.
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!
An Inconvenient Truth
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
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.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
Lost in La Mancha, Keep the River on Your...
Three documentary reviews: Keep the River on your Right, Stone Reader, and Lost in La Mancha.
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.
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 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Zero Motivation
Winner of the jury prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, this comedy about the Israeli military was written and directed by Talya Lavie. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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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
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.
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.
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
The Past
Eric D. Snider reviews Asghar Farhadi's drama The Past.
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
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Berlin Babylon - Capsule Review by your...
A Capsule Review of "Berlin Babylon" from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Children of Paradise - Les Enfants Du Paradis
Review of the Criterion DVD Release "Les Enfants Du Paradis"
The End is Nigh - Independent / World Film -...
Millennial Mayhem, from your About.com Guide
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.
Photos of Shu Qi
Gallery of photos of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles...
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Europa Report
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
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.
The Class (Entre les murs)
Lauren Cantet's The Class - A review of Lauren Cantet's The Class - The Class won the Palm D'or at the 2008 Canne Film Festival and opens this year's New York Film Festival. Marcy reviews Lauren Cantent's The Class, based on the novel by Francois Begaudeau.
(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.
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
'Hellion', a human, well-acted drama, reviewed...
Kat Chandler's indie drama stars Aaron Paul. Eric D. Snider reviews.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
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.
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.
Eric D. Snider reviews "We Are the Best!" the...
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Top 10 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Eric Snider's review of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, directed by David Lowery and starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster.
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.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Page 17.
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
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.
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.
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.
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
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.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965 looks at milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1960 until 1965
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.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Birth Date: July 27, 1977. Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Discovered: First spotted hanging out at
Oculus
Eric D. Snider reviews the effective horror movie about a haunted mirror.
An overview of the winning films at the 2014...
An overview of the Palm d'or and other award winners at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
The Adventures Of Antoine Doinel
If you fall in love with a character, as I did with Antonine Doinel in Francois Truffaut's masterpiece
Sexy Beast - Ben Kingsley - A Review by Beck...
A review of "Sexy Beast" starring Ben Kinglsey, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Autumn Spring
Fanda, the aging hero of Vladimir Michalek's movie, doesn't have it easy. His wife Emilie spends her
The Raid 2: Berandal
Eric D. Snider reviews Gareth Huw Evans' martial-arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, starring Iko Uwais.
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 Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
The Congress
Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) directed this partially animated sci-fi movie loosely based on Stanislav Lem. Robin Wright plays a version of herself and attends a Futuristic Congress... Eric D. Snider reviews.
Top Ten Art House Musicals - World/Independent...
The top films that demonstrate the best blend between terrific music and narrative.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
Elling
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
Somewhere
A Review of Sofia Coppola's Somewhere: Stephen Dorff stars as Johnny Marco, a dissolute movie star, living in the Chateau Marmont whose life is turned upside down with the arrival of his eleven year old daughter. Marcy Dermansky reviews Sofia Coppola's marvelous new 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.
The Motorcycle Diaries
In 1952, a young Argentine medical student and his friend left on an aging motorcycle to travel through
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
The Specialist - Portrait of a Modern Criminial...
A review of Eyal Sivan's movie about Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem
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.
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.'
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
How To Throw an Indie Theme Party
a simple how to on indie theme parties, from your about.com guide
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
Pooja Batra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Pooja Batra. Page 4.
Innocence
I couldn't stop thinking about pedophiles while I watched Lucile Hadzihalilovic's surreal film "Innocence."
The Host
Breaking all box-office records in Korea's history, The Host is a movie about a mutant that's a bit of a mutation itself: with unflappable confidence, director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder) grafts droll humor and sly political commentary onto the DNA of a classic Hollywood creature feature. The result strikes a perfect balance between broad social satire, comedy, and honest-to-god horror thrills.
Match Point
Woody Allen is Back... With the Worst Movie of the Year For six years now, critics and audiences have
Sean Penn
A profile of Sean Penn, former Hollywood bad boy and one of America's greatest actors.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Rent This: A Walk on the Moon
Rent This: A Walk on the Moon. : anna pacquin pearl kantrowitz jewish housewife viggo mortensen walk on the moon
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek: a stunning photo of the famous actress. Page 11.
Locke
A review of Steven Knight's drama
Nathalie Baye
A stunning photo of French actress Nathalie Baye. Page 25.
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
Sunshine
Danny Boyle sends a group of astronauts – Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, and Rose Byrne among them –
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Lillete Dubey, Daniela De Almeida,
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Eric D. Snider's review of Stephen Chow's loose reimagining of the classic Chinese novel.
Together
Ikea. ABBA. Pippi Longstocking. Tuborg. Lego. Welcome to Sweden. Pippi Longstocking, Capitalist Pig?
Katherine Waterston
Katherine Waterston - Her Career in Film: Rising Star Katherine Waterston was born into a family of actors.
Ludivine Sagnier
Birth Date: July 3, 1979. Place of Birth: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Double Exposure: 2003
Ernest & Celestine
A mice and a bear become friends in this French-Belgian animated film nominated for an Oscar. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche first attracted international attention for her luminescent performance in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Binoche went on to win an Oscar for best supporting actress for The English Patient. She continues to work steadily with critically acclaimed performances in such films as Blue, Lovers On The Bridge, Cache and many others.
Take a Trip for Vengeance in Blue Ruin
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Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Gael Garci­a Bernal
Background: Gael Garcia Bernal was born on November 30, 1978 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Breakout
Raoul Bova
A profile of Raoul Bova, one of Italy's hottest stars.
S21: The Killing Machine of the Khmer Rouge
In "S21," Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh's brings together the victims and perpetrators of Pol Pot's
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