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Triad Election
When the time comes for an aging gangster godfather in Hong Kong to step down, a bloody battle for control ensues in this vivid story about thug life.
"...crowd, the film surely rewards followers of the genre. AFS@Dobie..."

Aug. 3, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Ten Canoes
Ten Canoes is as much a work of anthropology as it is a narrative, and its true strength lies in its exploration of ancient aboriginal hunting practices, death rituals, and legal traditions.
"...have a new and different kind of cinematic mythmaking. AFS@Dobie..."

July 27, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
Although Tsai Ming-Liang's I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone is nearly wordless and slow moving, the film’s characters are compelling and its pace hypnotic. (AFS@Dobie)
"...nobody wants to go into that good night alone. (AFS@Dobie)..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Syndromes and a Century
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul creates a baffling yet intriguing film of meandering abstractions. (AFS@Dobie)
"...Okay, so it’s like reading a Samuel Beckett novel. (AFS@Dobie)..."

July 13, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Bamako
This Malian courtroom drama is like nothing you've ever seen: The people put the institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on trial.
"...film appreciation and into the realm of world understanding. AFS@Dobie..."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Red Road
This subtle psychological thriller from Scotland holds its cards close to the vest while keeping viewers intrigued but perplexed.
"...not always what it looks like on the surface. AFS@Dobie..."

June 15, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Beyond the Gates
With infinite grace but no real suspense, Beyond the Gates bears dramatic witness to the Rwandan ethnic genocide of the last decade.
"...these days, and far more importantly, so does YouTube. AFS@Dobie..."

June 1, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Zoo
Filmmaker Robinson Devor sadly sabotages his own attempt to bring the practice of bestiality into the light.
"...to bring "zoos," literally and figuratively, into the light. AFS@Dobie..."

May 25, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
This first feature from Bosnian director/writer Jasmila Zbanic offers up a slice of life after hell in which a widowed mother and daughter still veer perilously between fear and hope.
"...remain locked in a rapturous stranglehold amidst the rubble. AFS@Dobie..."

May 18, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Ken Loach paints a grim realist portrait that captures the solemnity of an Ireland turning on itself and the tragedy of two brothers spiraling away from each other.
"...tragedy of two brothers spiraling away from each other. AFS@Dobie..."

April 27, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Mafioso
This genius Italian comedy from 1962 has been plucked from obscurity and given a sparkling new cleanup job.
"...efforts in the "meeting the parents" comedy lineage. Brilliant. AFS@Dobie..."

April 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Glastonbury
The sense of total immersion in England's Glastonbury Festival is breathlessly complete in Julien Temple's everywhere-at-once music documentary.
"...this is captured by Temple's unblinking, seemingly everywhere-at-once eye. AFS@Dobie..."

April 13, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Color Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story
This story about a con man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick is a playground for star John Malkovich.
"...kicky little movie, if ultimately a little too “ish.” AFS@Dobie..."

March 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Maxed Out
A documentary about our credit-card mess and some of the casualties of debt.
"...Hide the children; the beast is at the door. AFS@Dobie..."

March 16, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Man Push Cart
A small gem of a film about a small man doing small things in a very, very, very large world.
"...where nothing much of consequence happens, except life itself. AFS@Dobie..."

Jan. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vajra Sky Over Tibet
In this documentary, the director wears his affection for Buddhist philosophy unashamedly on his sleeve, and as a result his movie nearly drowns in solemnity and noble intentions (not to mention chanting).
"...a truly great documentarian, not merely a sympathetic one. AFS@Dobie..."

Dec. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Bridesmaid
Claude Chabrol's latest film is based on a Ruth Rendell novel and, though not one of his best films, is still a good reminder of the madness that sometimes lurks in plain sight.
"...many cautionary tales about the dangers of daffy dames. AFS@Dobie..."

Dec. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
Documentarian Freida Mock presents her subject as a play in three acts, but the academic and fragmented structure obscures the warmth of this playwright.
"...war and The Brothers Karamazov published in The Nation. AFS@Dobie..."

Nov. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Army of Shadows
Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville is receiving its first stateside release.
"...film it’s this: Always keep a cyanide pill handy. (AFS@Dobie)..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

13 (Tzameti)
This first feature by Georgian-born French immigrant, Gela Babluani, marks a memorable debut: It's a taut and stylish thriller despite its brutal psychological duress.
"...cynicism may yet discover whole new horizons to exploit. AFS at Dobie..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

49 Up
This British series is one of the great achievements of the cinema, one that reveals how an observant camera plus the passage of time can capture reality.
"...I sleep better at night knowing it's out there. AFS@Dobie..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lunacy
Jan Svankmajer's creepy-crawl slowly becomes one of the most mordantly beautiful of the director's films, an asylum-set anti-love story with mobile body parts and splashy theatrics.
"...garish gore as this is perhaps salvageable somehow, someday. (AFS@Dobie)..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Free Zone
Israeli film presents the region's conflict in terms of the world's most annoying, dysfunctional-family road trip, which renders the proceedings almost as exhausting as the real thing.
"...Gitai. Starring: Natalie Portman, Hana Laszlo and Hiam Abbass. AFS@Dobie Free Zone's opening sequence – an unbroken, 10-minute-long shot..."

July 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cavite
This rocketing thriller that pits an unseen Filipino terrorist against an unwitting Filipino-American dupe is one of the purest examples of no-budget, seat-of-the-pants, gloriously DIY filmmaking since The Blair Witch Project.
"...and Neill Dela Llana. Starring: Gamazon and Dominique Gonzalez. AFS@Dobie It's well-nigh impossible to watch or discuss Gamazon and..."

July 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Mr. Dante Remus Lazarescu of Bucharest descends into a distinct rung of hell when he calls for an ambulance and is subsequently schlepped through Romania's uncaring medical system.
"...Clara Voda, Adrian Titieni, Mihai Bratila and Monica Barladeanu. AFS@Dobie After feeling poorly for hours, Mr. Lazarescu calls for..."

July 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lady Vengeance
The South Korean master of revenge dramas, Park Chan-wook, offers another entertaining puzzle of emotional nuance, riotous color, and bloody hell.
"...Lee Yeong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Go Su-hee and Lee Seung-shin. AFS@Dobie If you're a latecomer to the South Korean filmmaking..."

June 30, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I Am a Sex Addict
If you leave the theatre with that awkward too-much-information feeling after peering into the director's self-exposed psyche, you will also remember his high-wire act that combines fact and fiction, drama and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion.
"...Alexandra Guerineaud, Katarina Fabic, Corinna Chan and Greg Watkins. AFS@Dobie You might remember Caveh Zahedi from his segment in..."

June 23, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Clean
With an award-winning performance by Maggie Cheung, Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made.
"...Béatrice Dalle, James Dennis, Jeanne Balibar and Don McKellar. AFS@Dobie Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies..."

June 2, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
More a meditation than a traditional documentary, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy beautifully employs direct cinema techniques to transport the viewer into the world of an exiled culture.
"...Directed by: Graham Coleman. AFS@Dobie You don’t have to be a student of Buddhism..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
This Oscar nominee from Germany chronicles the last desperate hours of Sophie Scholl, a real-life German university student who, in 1943 Munich, ran afoul of the gestapo while distributing anti-Nazi leaflets.
"...Fabian Hinrichs, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke and Florian Stetter. AFS@Dobie There's no moment of release, no instant of sudden..."

May 19, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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