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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.
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.
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.
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
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
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.
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.
Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces review - Penelope Cruz stars as an object of obsession in Pedro Almodovar's new melodrama BROKEN EMBRACES.
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
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.
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,
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.
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
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
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).
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 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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.
Only God Forgives - Review
A review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
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 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.
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 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
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.
Karisma Kapoor
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor. Page 16.
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 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Pooja Batra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Pooja Batra. Page 4.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
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.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
An Inconvenient Truth
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
Bipasha Basu
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu. 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.
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.
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
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.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
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.
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
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
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
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
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
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
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.
Idi Amin Dada
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Deepika Padukone
Background: Deepika Padukone was born January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Lynch
The director of Lynch , a documentary about the uncompromising filmmaker, artist, and popularizer of
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 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Shilpa Shetty
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Page 18.
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
Diya Mirza
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Diya Mirza. Page 2.
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.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Tabu
A stunning photo of Tabu. World / Independent Film. Page 15.
Sushmita Sen
A stunning photo of Bollywood Actress Sushmita Sen. Page 14.
Berlin Babylon - Capsule Review by your...
A Capsule Review of "Berlin Babylon" from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Rani Mukherjee
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee. Page 13.
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.
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles...
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
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.
Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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Sex Is Comedy
A film director (Anne Parillaud) is consumed with directing a young actress and actor in a difficult sex scene in Catherine Breillat's new drama. Opens October 20, 2004.
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.
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 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
Talk To Me
"Talk to Me, talk to me," radio dj Petey Greene ( Don Cheadle ) says to his listeners, the riled-up black
Celina Jaitley
Gorgeous Celina Jaitley arrives at the INSPI(RED) event in Los Angeles, California. Page 19.
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Aishwarya Rai in "Bride and Prejudice"
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. Page 11.
Tsotsi
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
Away From Her
Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) Andersson have been married for almost fifty years.
Preity Zinta
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Preity Zinta. Page 8.
Priyanka Chopra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Page 9.
Lara Dutta
A stunning photo of Lara Dutta. Page 12.
Sexy Beast - Ben Kingsley - A Review by Beck...
A review of "Sexy Beast" starring Ben Kinglsey, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Mallika Sherawat
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat. Page 3.
Monica Bellucci in "Tears of the Sun"
Monica Bellucci in Tears of the Sun
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.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom:2 Page 8.
The Corporation
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan present a thorough investigation of the history, power, and impact of corporations on modern civilization.
The Motorcycle Diaries
In 1952, a young Argentine medical student and his friend left on an aging motorcycle to travel through
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
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.
Yana Gupta
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Yana Gupta. Page 5.
Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto attends 'Slumdog Millionaire' during the 2008 Tribeca cinema series. Page 20.
Ludivine Sagnier
Birth Date: July 3, 1979. Place of Birth: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Double Exposure: 2003
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
With vigor and wit, Kirby Dick investigates the mysterious and undemocratic organization that decides what Americans are allowed to see--the MPAA ratings board.
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
Lisa Ray
A stunning photo of Lisa Ray. World / Independent Film. Page 7.
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
No End In Sight
Pick up a newspaper and chances are you'll see a headline which contains a quotation from President George
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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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).
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
This Is England
After transforming the bucolic English countryside into a site of horror with the nasty little revenge tale Dead Man's Shoes, Shane Meadows turns toward Maggie Thatcher's England with a skinhead coming-of-age story. This is England starts out as well-acted and superbly designed mid-eighties time-capsule but degenerates to a formulaic conclusion that cheapens everything that went before.
Marisa Paredes
Marisa Paredes: a photo. World / Independent Film. Page 23.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes
Monica Bellucci at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. . Page 16.
There Will Be Blood 2-Disc Collector's Edition
The Oscar for Best Picture may have gone to No Country for Old Men , but there's no doubt in my mind
Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald at the premiere of No Country For Old Men at the Cannes Film Festival
Naomi Harris
Naomi Harris photo World / Independent Film. Page 22.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], from your about.com guide
Sophie Marceau
A stunning photo of French actress Sophie Marceau. Page 9.
Top 10 Hong Kong Films
Since The Matrix introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
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.
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Victoria Abril
Victoria Abril: a photo of the gorgeous Spanish actress. Page 16.
Kate del Castillo
A stunning photo of actress Kate del Castillo. Page 5.
Najwa Nimri
Najwa Nimri: a photo of the beautiful Spanish actress. Page 21.
Hannah Takes The Stairs
Young independent director Joe Swanberg's third film opens with Hannah (Greta Gerwig), naked in the shower,
Fernando Meirelles' City of God
From Brazil comes an exhilarating new film, equal parts Tarantino/Guy Richie slickster spectacle, "Once
Elsa Pataky
A photo of gorgeous Spanish actress Elsa Pataky. Page 8.
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious film festival.
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.
Pedro Almodovar
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous
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.
Soha Ali Khan
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan. Page 10.
Intruders
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.
Review of Yi Yi: A One and A Two
A review of Edward Yang's film Yi Yi, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
Natalia Verbeke
A stunning photo of Natalia Verbeke. Page 15.
Tannishtha Chatterjee
Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee's career is soaring. She stars as Nazneen in the film Brick Lane based
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike at the 2008 Academy Awards. Page 11.
Top 6 Films by Peter Jackson
best films of peter jackson

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