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Game 6
Novelist Don DeLillo's first foray as a screenwriter uses the legendary sixth game of the 1986 World Series as the central metaphor in this film starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.
"...DeLillo has never had a better interpreter of his language than Keaton, who dips into the author’s words like..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tsotsi
Winner of the 2005 Best Foreign Language Oscar, this South African entry is a harsh but ultimately redemptive tale of a young gang leader who lives in a Johannesburg shantytown.
"...and Benny Moshe. Winner of the 2005 Best Foreign Language Oscar, this South African entry is a harsh but..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Night Watch
Russia's highest box-office grosser (until the release of its sequel) is a stylish sci-fi thriller that's filled with adrenaline-fueled pacing, an abundance of gory effects, a death metal soundtrack, and a convoluted narrative that puts The Matrix to shame.
"...a hankering for this kind of jolt. A new English-language prologue and epilogue have been added to Night Watch,..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sky Blue
This gorgeously dystopian South Korean film rivals and, at times, surpasses the best of Japanese animé.
"...Blue succeeds best when it speaks least. (This Westernized, English-language version has been "redirected’ by Park from Kim’s original..."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Gloomy Sunday
As the turmoil of WWII engulfs Hungary, a Budapest eatery becomes home to a love triangle.
"...Ben Becker, Stefano Dionisi and Ilse Zielstorff. This broody German-language melodrama, which has been creeping into theatres Stateside in..."

April 23, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

21 Grams
Powerful performances resonate in this devastating and weighty follow-up picture from the director of Amores Perros.
"...version. Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (in his first English-language film) is no stranger to unconventional storytelling. His debut..."

Dec. 26, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Masked and Anonymous
The answers to this new Bob Dylan movie are "blowin’ in the wind."
"...and finite to accommodate the Möbius strips of Dylan’s language. In fact, the songs – of which there are..."

Aug. 22, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hulk
"...hyper-stylistic comic-book trope into a fresh chunk of cinematic language – the bizarre transitions, wipes, and split-screen effects that..."

June 20, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shanghai Knights
"...Chan is hamstrung by his limitations in the English language – face it, he’s here because he’s a wizard..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Food of Love
"...and tarty,” neither incarnation terribly appealing). This is the English-language debut of veteran Spanish filmmaker Ventura Pons (Amic/Amat), and,..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Shakti: The Power
"...that is receiving a relatively large stateside release. The Hindi-language film (with English subtitles) is a peculiar mix of..."

Oct. 4, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Windtalkers
"...move into the gory hills of Saipan. The Navajo language was used as an unbreakable code to stump the..."

June 14, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Piñero
This film is a sympathetic biopic about the troubled life of Nuyorican writer Miguel Piñero (author of Short Eyes).
"...sunken-eyed artist, and he nails the rhythm of the language. But he too just seems to be tracing the..."

May 17, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Son of the Bride
In this Argentinean film, a single dad and businessman struggles to keep his personal life afloat while undergoing a midlife crisis.
"...doubtless netted it an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film this year (it got clobbered by No Man's..."

May 3, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Second Skin
"...the rest of his film were equally composed. This Spanish-language film is a turgid, operatic affair, egged on by..."

April 12, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Y Tu Mamá También
Boys, filled with testoterone and joints, will be boys.
"...También marks a startling stylistic shift for Cuarón, whose English-language films (A Little Princess, Great Expectations) are breathtaking, but..."

April 5, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

No Man's Land
This bleak antiwar comedy won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 2001.
"...Man's Land won the 2001 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, which proves the Academy voters do, occasionally, take..."

March 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Our Song
"...fodder of our celluloid dreams. It's too bad the language prevents this independent film from being rated PG-13 because..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Blossoms of Fire
"...struggle with modernization, and its vanishing indigenous culture and language. There's enough detail to have earned the film an..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Boys Life 3
"...Time”). Then there's a welcome wild card -- 1996's French-language “Majorettes in Space,” a dryly funny six-minute sex-ed parody..."

April 20, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

George Washington
Green's debut feature is a sublime tone poem about adolescence
"...expectations and drawing us into the rhythms of their language and activities. Candace Evanofski's molasses-toned voiceover narration reminds us..."

Feb. 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sound and Fury
"...voiceovers rather than subtitles to translate the American Sign Language is not only ill-fitting (the actors' voices are too..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Solas
"...more arresting than any one of the dozens of Spanish-language familial soap operas that play endlessly on Univision. A..."

Nov. 24, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Contender
"...smart dialogue. Intelligent as it is, however, the film's language is too often put in the service of chin-thrusting..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Road to El Dorado
"...male nudity and curvaceous and midriff-baring Mayan babes and language that includes impolite words like "hell" and "crappy" are..."

March 31, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

High Fidelity
"...and feisty best friends with telling verve and body language. Black, in particular, delivers a full-throttle comic performance that..."

March 31, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

My Best Fiend
"...carries a perpetually pinched expression, and in his body language, which fairly shouts “stop me if you can.” (No..."

March 17, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

3 Strikes
"...ready to drift away, the excessiveness of the foul language bombards the brain like a verbal assault. I'm no..."

March 10, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Man of the Century
"...and speakeasies and people who talked a hip, hard-boiled language and had a quaint code of conduct. He's a..."

Dec. 3, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Gambler
"...British production helmed by Hungarian director Károly Makk, this English-language movie provides an interesting perspective on the story behind..."

Oct. 29, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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