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Clean
With an award-winning performance by Maggie Cheung, Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made.
"...so note-perfect that it earned her the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2004. Realistic, almost to the point..."

June 2, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hoot
First-time producer Jimmy Buffett turns outs an eco-friendly coming-of-age movie based on Carl Hiassen's Newberry Award-winning young-adult novel.
"...triumphant to save the owls. Based on the Newberry Award-winning novel by Carl Hiaasen (the first young-adult novel by..."

May 5, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Cowboy del Amor
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid" who brokers marriages between American men and Mexican women, is a truly fascinating documentary character that is expertly revealed through rock-solid storytelling.
"...Southwest film festival (and winner of the Documentary Feature award) is a shining example of how the format can..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Caché
In this challenging, tension-agitating film a privileged French couple become vulnerable when menaced by an unseen observer who constantly watches them.
"...Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, who received the Best Director award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for his work..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mrs. Henderson Presents
This staid British music-hall drama seems calculated to earn Judi Dench lots of award notices. Mission accomplished.
"...that seems calculated to earn Judi Dench lots of award notices. Mission accomplished on the latter score, and I..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Christmas in the Clouds
This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.
"...This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Look at Me
An acute observation of the ways in which we fail to communicate marks this French film, which won the screenwriting award at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
"...Étienne Cassard. Their screenplay, which won the top writing award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, is immaculately conceived..."

May 13, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows is the rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children’s point of view, forgoing easy sensationalism and poignancy for naturalism and honesty.
"...young Akira (Yagira, who amazingly won the best actor award for this role at last year’s Cannes), as the..."

April 8, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids
Even though Born Into Brothels – winner of the 2004 Oscar for Best Documentary – is a devastating portrait of impoverished Calcutta children who are born into the sex trades, the film is also an inspiring document about human possibilities.
"...Briski and Ross Kauffman. Winner of the 2004 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Born Into Brothels is a devastating..."

March 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Because of Winn-Dixie
There are no big surprises in this family picture, but neither is the admonition against working with children and animals appropriate here.
"...of a small Florida town. Based on the Newberry Award-winning book by Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie seems an..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spanglish
The venerable filmmaker James L. Brooks stumbles badly with his new dramedy starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni.
"...belive that Brooks is the same man who coaxed award-winning performances from Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Holly Hunter, and..."

Dec. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Texas Prize, Big Time!
Arthouse launches a major new award for the state's artists
"...visual arts organization Arthouse is establishing a new biennial award for an artist living or working in the Lone..."

July 30, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robot Stories
A short film collection billed as "science fiction from the heart," with an emphasis on the heart part.
"...narrative finesse achieved on a small budget, then this multi-award-winning festival-circuit movie will not disappoint. It’s no small thing,..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mondays in the Sun
"...the layabouts and functional drunks of this multiple Goya Award-winning film. They weren't always this way; before the dockyard..."

Aug. 15, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Die Another Day
"...delightful, as always, and her costume designer deserves an award of some sort, but even Dench and Cleese, as..."

Nov. 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

War Photographer
"...captures the simple ease of Nachtwey's work, with his award-winning black-and-white still shots of some of the most repellent..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hud
"...Newman, Patricia Neal, Melvyn Douglas and Brandon de Wilde. Multi-award-winning classic about a family of Texas men (and the..."

June 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

No Man's Land
This bleak antiwar comedy won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 2001.
"...sporadic U.S. distribution to make it eligible for Academy Award consideration. The timing, too, is fortuitous; with seemingly the..."

March 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Wings
"...1927 movie was the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture. Wings was also filmed partially on..."

Jan. 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School
"...and Helen Cohen. This documentary by Chasnoff, the Academy Award-winning director of Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and..."

Sept. 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Himalaya
"...Himalaya was the first-ever Nepalese entry for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. (It lost to that magnificent..."

June 22, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Boys Life 3
"...of an impression otherwise, though it snagged an aGLIFF award in 1998...."

April 20, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Caveman's Valentine
"...impressive Eve's Bayou, producer Danny Devito's credits include the Academy-Award winning Traffic, and star Samuel L. Jackson could make..."

April 13, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Panic
"...intelligence, craftsmanship, and sly wit. Writer-director Henry Bromell (an award-winning novelist, who has also written for TV's Northern Exposure,..."

March 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
Documentary about the effort to place children of European Jews during WWII within safe homes in England.
"...survivors. It can seem, at times, that every other award-winning documentary is about the Holocaust, but the horrors of..."

Dec. 15, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Venus Beauty Institute
"...Douglas Sirk's soapy prints all over it. The César Award-winning French film follows in the footsteps of Sirk's sudsy..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Requiem for a Dream
Portrait of a young junkie – and those he loves.
"...ignoble NC-17). In his debut film, the 1998 Sundance award-winning Pi, Aronofsky used his clever camerawork to pin us..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Movie Review by Sarah Hepola

Dancer in the Dark
Björk goes goes to the death chamber in musical interludes.
"...snagged the Palme d'Or and Björk the Best Actress award at Cannes this year for this two-and-a-half hour slice..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Saving Grace
"...is a real audience pleaser (it won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival). But the film's..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

I Dreamed of Africa
"...it out to be. Hudson, who directed the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire back in 1981, has had a..."

May 12, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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