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U.S. House calls president's fear-mongering bluff on permanent passage of Protect America Act
"...Rep­resentatives – inadvertently or not – called the president's fear-mongering bluff on permanent passage of the Protect America Act,..."

Feb. 22, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel's unorthodox but true story about a protagonist who is stripped of all self-movement and expression is equal parts reverie, despair, and social experiment.
"...he’s a sophisticated ironist aware of the confusion and fear he engenders in those around him, and his memoir..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Feel the Noise
In this overstuffed movie, an aspiring Harlem rapper finds his artistic calling and homeland pride with Puerto Rico's reggaeton.
"...ever had about anything into his first movie for fear there won’t be a second. Albert Leon does just..."

Oct. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

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.
"...all its lessons about the value of community, the fear of strangers, the importance of the rule of law,..."

July 27, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

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.
"...Esma's untold backstory. The war might be over, but fear and hope remain locked in a rapturous stranglehold amidst..."

May 18, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

G.I. Jesus
Jesus Feliciano is a Mexican national who joins the Marines to gain U.S. citizenship and returns home from Iraq with a nasty case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
"...domestic melodrama – that at times beautifully captures the fear and paranoia that accompany soldiers home from war but..."

March 23, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Bridge to Terabithia
This excellent screen version of the Newbery-winning novel is not about fairies and enchanted forests but about kids who feel as though they don't fit in.
"...Deschanel, Robert Patrick and Bailee Madison. Once again, don’t fear the trailer. Katherine Paterson’s Newbery-winning 1978 novel arrives at..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Marie Antoinette
Don’t fear the film’s early reviews from Cannes, which too often slighted it for being fluffy (it isn’t, though its heroine is) or ahistorical (it isn’t, though it is contemporary).
"...It’s a fine performance, a true star turn. Don’t fear the film’s early reviews from Cannes, which too often..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Darna Zaroori Hai
Unusual Bollywood film is an anthology horror film with segments directed by seven different directors.
"...of scantily clad males while extolling the virtues of fear ("C'mon, die! I know you wanna!"). Sadly, the rest..."

May 12, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2006
Know this going in: Sex and violence are the currency of Spike & Mike’s gory, twisted economy.
"...a big, goofy grin that says, "Look ma, no fear!" Of course, being a scattershot affair in its best..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

BloodRayne
This video-game-to-movie adaptation of BloodRayne poses no threat to German filmmaker Uwe Boll's reputation as the modern-day Ed Wood.
"...movie, but Madsen is the only one who should fear anyone seeing his work. The Tarantino regular here appears..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Secuestro Express
This Venezuelan film about the kidnappings that are endemic in Caracas bursts with stylish technique and gruesome tension.
"...where poor people struggle for existence and rich people fear for their lives. And so it happens to Carla..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Good Night, and Good Luck
Director and co-screenwriter George Clooney strikes just the right tone of gripping entertainment and understated cautionary tale in this thoughtful portrait of newsman Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
"...a more general portrait of the times and the fear and paranoia that ran rampant because of the Communist..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Proof
As with many film adaptations of stage successes, David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about mathematics and madness loses something in its translation to celluloid.
"...morose behavior in the film appears to stem from fear rather than some genetically wired impulse, you never really..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Batman Begins
Batman Begins … and it's about time. The movie is great fun, and also a terrific relief.
"...Die Fledermaus, no less), but the reason for his fear and eventual mastery of those flying mice, and then..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Don't Move
Italian story of a surgeon who falls in love with a country girl (Penélope Cruz), flirts with the self-pitying mindset of the slumming elite, and becomes something of an apology for bourgeois classism.
"...wife Margaret Mazzantini, this cloyingly melodramatic film makes you fear for Mr. Castellitto’s homelife. While the acting and direction..."

June 3, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Blade: Trinity
Originality is in as short supply as shirt buttons as Snipes' high tech vampire slayer meets up with what appears to be a steroidal Eurotrash pimp playing Dracula.
"...Purcell is hopelessly miscast, exuding none of the iconic fear and loathing the prime exsanguinator should. It’s as if..."

Dec. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Machinist
Christian Bale lost 60 lbs. in order to play the unsettling title character, a man who has maybe shed his sanity along with his weight.
"...has a flair for creating a diffuse sense of fear, paranoia, and mental illness onscreen; his previous film Session..."

Nov. 26, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Without a Paddle
This yuck-fest gets its jokes from men's fear of homosexuality and impotence.
"...Without a Paddle’s gags have their basis in a fear of homosexuality and impotence, including the movie’s biggest laugh-getter,..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Open Water
Is it wrong to root for the sharks?
"...at all, is one of the most primal of fears. Add to that a bunch of sharks – real..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Village
Shyamalan coasts into this village that is wracked by the wages of fear, manipulation, and forestry.
"...a Kafka-esque and metaphorical take on the wages of fear, manipulation, and forestry. In a small Pennsylvanian hamlet enclosed..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Osama
The first feature to come out of post-Taliban Afghanistan, Osama tells the story of a girl who masquerades as a boy.
"...Golbahari, Arif Herati and Zubaida Sahar. Osama begins in fear and ends in terror. In between there’s all manner..."

April 9, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Camp
"...drives down Broadway ticket sales, if only because people fear the reality may ape the fantasy. Fantasies like this..."

Aug. 15, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Freddy vs. Jason
Did anyone realize Camp Crystal Lake is right down the highway from Elm Street?
"...his teenaged quarry by resurrecting Jason and fueling their fear … or something like that. Anyhow, Keena flings herself..."

Aug. 15, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Blue Car
"...this latter knowledge slowly. We watch in anticipation, in fear, that Mr. Auster will cross the line and abuse..."

June 6, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Basic
"...in a fashion I hesitate to call Rashomon-style for fear of elevating the material. Wily and unconventional, Hardy interviews..."

March 28, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Quiet American
"...journalistic instincts finally kicking back into gear or the fear of losing Phuong, for whom he finally acknowledges his..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Waking Up in Reno
"...lack of a press screening, one suspects the powers-that-be fear they have a dog on their hands. A Bob..."

Nov. 15, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Bowling for Columbine
"...thoughtful and thought-provoking. Moore's premise about America's “culture of fear” being the demon that sparks our gun-crazy society is..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spirited Away
Spirited Away, about a young girl who is trapped between the real and the ghost-worlds, melds bits of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz with Eastern-angled spookiness and an outré sensibility that borders on the indescribable.
"...such traditional children's fare as loss of parents, the fear of the unknown, and self-sacrifice. Spirited Away features a..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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