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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.
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.
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 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.
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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 Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
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.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
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.
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?
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
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
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Review: Intruders. A-lister Clive Owen makes a dramatic career mistake starring in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's art-house horror film 'Intruder.' Jordan Hoffman reviews.
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
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.
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.
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
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.
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
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 Independent Films
Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
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 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: 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.
Audrey Tautou
Birth Date: August 9, 1978. Audrey Tautou's Breakout Role: Audrey Tautou charmed audiences in Jean Pierre
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
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.
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
Monica Belluci in "Napoleon and Me"
Monica Bellucci in "Napoleon and Me
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
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 Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Side Effects
Side Effects - A Review of Steven Soderberg's Side Effects
Daniel Auteuil
A profile of French actor Daniel Auteuil.
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Shilpa Shetty
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Page 18.
Priyanka Chopra
Background: Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982. Her parents are both doctors. The actress went
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Seventies
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category from 1970-1979. Page 3.
RAPT is a fine title for Lucas Belvaux’s new film. Or spellbound. that is the effect of his 123 minute thriller about a rich and powerful French industriaist (Yvan Atal) who is violently kidnapped and then held captive for a fifty million euro ransom. Read Marcy Dermansky's review.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965 looks at milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1960 until 1965
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
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
Natalia Verbeke
A stunning photo of Natalia Verbeke. Page 15.
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith -...
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Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Photos from Michael Winterbottom's "9 Songs"
Director: Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Margo Stilley and Kieran O'Brien. Release Date: July, 2005 1-12
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.
Ingrid Rubio
A stunning photo of actress Ingrid Rubio. Page 14.
The Corporation
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan present a thorough investigation of the history, power, and impact of corporations on modern civilization.
DVD Box Sets
DVD Box Sets - Recommended DVD Box sets. The best foreign films and independent films Box sets. - From John Cassavettes to Ingrid Bergman, Francois Truffaut to Pedro Almodovar.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], from your about.com guide
Foreign Film Oscars - The Sixties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category 1960-1969. Page 4.
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson photo. World/Independent Film. Page 17.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Monica Bellucci in "Irreversible"
Monica Bellucci in Irreversible
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Rani Mukherjee
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee. Page 13.
Celina Jaitley
Gorgeous Celina Jaitley arrives at the INSPI(RED) event in Los Angeles, California. Page 19.
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood - Criterion DVD
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Victoria Abril
Victoria Abril: a photo of the gorgeous Spanish actress. Page 16.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Forties and Fifties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category 1947-1959. Page 5.
Deepika Padukone
A stunning photo of Deepika Padukone. Page 11.
Whale Rider
Visit Their Website Ever so often, a foreign movie will offer a hackneyed story, easily identifiable
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.
An interview with Senegalese artist and...
An interview with Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatoumata Kandé Senghor.
A stunning photo of Tabu. World / Independent Film. Page 15.
Photos from Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution"
An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, centering around Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek: a stunning photo of the famous actress. Page 11.
Emily Blunt
Background: Emily Blunt was born February 23 1983, in London, England. She is one of four children. Her
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
Lisa Ray
Birthday: April 4, 1974. Place of Birth: Toronto, Canada. Trivia: Born of a Polish mother and a Bengali
Swimming Pool
Big-bosomed, small-waisted French actress Ludivine Sagnier parades topless for more than half of her
Aitana Sanchez Gijon
Aitana Sanchez Gijon: a photo of the stunning Spanish actress. Page 13.
Sushmita Sen
A stunning photo of Bollywood Actress Sushmita Sen. Page 14.
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. Page 17.
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.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes
Monica Bellucci at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. . Page 16.
How To Throw an Indie Theme Party
a simple how to on indie theme parties, from your about.com guide
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.
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
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 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Emma Suarez
Emma Suarez: a photo of the gorgeous actress. Page 17.
"Lust, Caution" Photos
A photo from the Focus Features release "Lust, Caution", directed by Ang Lee and starring Tang Wei, Tony
Monica Bellucci in "How Much Do You Love Me?"
Monica Bellucci in a scene from "How Much Do You Love Me?
The Last Mistress
A photo from the IFC Entertainment release "The Last Mistress", directed by Catherine Breillat and starring
Anna Walton
Anna Walton at the Premiere of 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'. Page 27.
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.
Gloomy Sunday
I often wonder where German film would be without the Holocaust. If the films are not outright about
Marianne Jean Baptiste
Marianne Jean Baptiste picture. World/Independent Film. Page 21.
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
9 Songs
A photo from the Revolution Films release "9 Songs", directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Margo
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Romola Garai
A stunning photo of English actress Romola Garai. Page 14.
Candela Pena
Candela Pena: a photo of the actress. Page 22.
Berlin Babylon - Capsule Review by your...
Short Review Berlin Babylon The Brandenburg Gate surrounded by a forest of cranes Guide Rating -   Pros 
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 End is Nigh - Independent / World Film -...
Millennial Mayhem, from your About.com Guide
And Along Come Tourists
Like Weltschmerz and Fahrvergnügen , Vergangenheitsbewältigung is one of those German words that don't
Mallika Sherawat
Popular Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is one of India's most famous sex symbols.
Movie Posters
A great movie poster can be enough to get you hooked on a film. Our movie photo gallery offers terrific images from independent and foreign film.
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!
Lara Dutta
A stunning photo of Lara Dutta. Page 12.
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
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.
'Hellion', a human, well-acted drama, reviewed...
Kat Chandler's indie drama stars Aaron Paul. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto attends 'Slumdog Millionaire' during the 2008 Tribeca cinema series. Page 20.
Ivana Baquero
A photo of rising star Ivana Baquero. Page 18.
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!
Whitewash, starring Thomas Hayden Church,...
Oscar-nominee Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways) stars in this Canadian drama. Review by Eric D. Snider.
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.
Paz Vega
Paz Vega: a stunning photo of the talented and beautiful Spanish actress. Page 2.
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
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