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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.
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
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 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,
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
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.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
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).
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.
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
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.
Talk To Me
"Talk to Me, talk to me," radio dj Petey Greene ( Don Cheadle ) says to his listeners, the riled-up black
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
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 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.
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 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.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Europa Report
A review of Sebastian Cordero's found-footage science-fiction film Europa Report by Eric D. Snider.
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.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage
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.
(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.
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.
Red Hook Summer
Review: Red Hook Summer. Spike Lee's “return to his roots” film that he self-financed and shot in under 25 days makes it premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Jordan Hoffman 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.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
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.
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles...
Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Monica Bellucci in "Malena"
Monica Bellucci in Malena
Berlin Babylon - Capsule Review by your...
A Capsule Review of "Berlin Babylon" from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
An Inconvenient Truth
A photo from the Paramount Classics release "An Inconvenient Truth", directed by Davis Guggenheim and
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.
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 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now, reviewed by Eric D. Snider
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 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.
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
Adventureland
Kirsten Stweart and Jesse Eisenberg star in Adventureland, Greg Mottola's follow-up to Superbad. Read Jurgen Fauth's review.
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
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.
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
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.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
And Along Come Tourists
Like Weltschmerz and Fahrvergnügen , Vergangenheitsbewältigung is one of those German words that don't
Bollywood Actresses Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actresses bollywood leading ladies india's biggest sex symbols bollywood photos
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
Monica Bellucci in "The Matrix"
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix
Top Ten Art House Musicals - World/Independent...
The top films that demonstrate the best blend between terrific music and narrative.
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
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.
Photos of Monica Bellucci
Gallery of photos of actress Monica Bellucci
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
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.
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.
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
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.
Tsotsi
Twice in Gavin Hood's Oscar-winning Tsotsi , we see a train pull into a station. What seems like a straightforward
Vincent Lindon photo
French actor Vincent Lindon attends the 59th Venice Film Festival. Page 11.
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces review - Penelope Cruz stars as an object of obsession in Pedro Almodovar's new melodrama BROKEN EMBRACES.
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
An interview with Senegalese artist and...
An interview with Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatoumata Kandé Senghor.
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
Monica Bellucci in "Irreversible"
Monica Bellucci in Irreversible
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
Eric D. Snider reviews "Cold in July", starring...
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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.
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Pola X
Pola X - A review of Leo Carax's film Pola X starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Jurgen Fauth reviews.
Olivier Martinez photo
Olivier Martinez arrives at the premiere of Miramax Films' 'No Country For Old Men.' Page 10.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Birth Date: July 27, 1977. Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Discovered: First spotted hanging out at
Diego Luna
Birthday: December 29, 1979. Place of Birth: Mexico City. Trivia: Best friends with Gael Garcia Bernal
Sicko
Sicko is Michael Moore's most mature work to date and almost certainly his best film. As Hillary Clinton
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.
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 Way Way Back
Review: The Way Way Back. Eric D. Snider reviews the lovely and familiar coming of age comedy 'The Way Way Back.'
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.
Monster Review
There is nothing extraordinary about Patty Jenkin's debut feature "Monster" except the transformation
Gaspard Ulliel photo
Gaspard Ulliel photo: Gaspard Ulliel attends the premiere for 'Spiderman 3' in Paris. Page 12.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious film festival.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], from your about.com guide
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.
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.
Guillaume Canet photo
Guillaume Canet attends the premiere for the film 'Chacun Son Cinema.'. Page 7.
Priyanka Chopra
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Page 9.
Mary-Kate Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen attend a screening of 'The Wackness.' Page 14.
Mathieu Almaric photo
Mathieu Almaric picture - Mathieu Almaric arrives at the premiere of 'The Diving Bell And The Butterfly'
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
Benoit Magimel photo
Benoit Magimel arrives at the French NRJ Music Awards ceremony. Page 6.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Eros
Three great directors--Wong Kar-Wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni--make three short movies
Bride and Prejudice
Chahda's screenplay confronts Western notions of the West. Displeased with the man who calls her hometown
Review: Juno
Ellen Page plays a smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate (Michael Cera).With Jennifer Garner,Jason Batemen. Jason Reitman,director.
Roxane Mesquida
Birth Date: October 1, 1981. Place of Birth: Marseille, France. Career Profile: Smoldering beauty Roxane
Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci Hot Photo . World / Independent Film. Page 14.
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Laurent Lucas photo
Laurent Lucas - French actor Laurent Lucas photo and biography. Page 9.
Pedro Almodovar
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
Movie Review: 10 Items Or Less
10 Items or Less is a comedy that pairs two perfect strangers whose chance meeting over the course of one day creates an unexpected bond, and reminds them both that life still has the opportunity to surprise. Written and directed by Brad Silberling, 10 ITEMS OR LESS features Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in the starring roles. Opens December 1, 2006.
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
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.
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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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).
Shilpa Shetty
A stunning photo of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Page 18.
Last Days
Michael Pitt stars as suicidal rock star in Gus Van Sant's experimental meditation on Kurt Cobain.
Turtles Can Fly
In his films, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi casts a surreal spell. With unnerving calm, his movies
3-Iron
Tae-suk, the hero of Ki-duk Kim's remarkable film "3-Iron" has a strange air of quiet, contemplative
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 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!
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
Monsoon Wedding
Mira Nair's exuberant Bollywood film won the Golden Lion Award at Venice. Yet five plots lines, sixty-eight actors, three languages, and cartloads of marigolds equal a likable TV drama.
'Hellion', a human, well-acted drama, reviewed...
Kat Chandler's indie drama stars Aaron Paul. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Louis Garrel photo
Louis Garrel photo: Louis Garrel at Cannes. Page 8.
Michael Pitt
Background : Michael Pitt was born on April 10, 1981 in West Orange, New Jersey. Photo Gallery: For more
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!
Deepika Padukone
Background: Deepika Padukone was born January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore
It's All Gone Pete Tong
Superstar DJ Frankie Wilde enjoys the clubs, sex, and sun of Ibiza--until an overdose of disco leaves him deaf. Michael Dowse mixes fiction with interviews and a pounding soundtrack in his entertaining third feature.
Raoul Bova
A profile of Raoul Bova, one of Italy's hottest stars.
Idi Amin Dada
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Wristcutters: A Love Story
The very premise of Goran Dukic's indie film Wristcutters: A Love Story , adapted from a novella by Israeli
Review: Hellion
Writer-director Kat Chandler's third feature, starring Josh Wiggins and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, is a humane, well-acted drama about a motocross-loving
Celina Jaitley
Gorgeous Celina Jaitley arrives at the INSPI(RED) event in Los Angeles, California. Page 19.

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