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The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl, with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, is an engagingly sordid meditation on protofeminism.
"...Other Boleyn Girl works both as an engagingly sordid meditation on protofeminism and contemporized sisterhood set in a time..."

Feb. 29, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cassandra's Dream
Woody Allen is still making movies at the rate of at least one a year. The problem is that he doesn’t make good movies at the rate of one a year.
"...2005’s considerably less brilliant Match Point, Dream is a meditation on the consequences of immorality, this time the murder..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Paprika
The multilayered Paprika, the newest animated film from Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) captures the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film.
"...name of the titular spice. Part detective story, part meditation on the nature of the self, and part morality..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Once
This delicate Irish import, which stars the frontman of the Frames, is an insightful and endearing reimagining of a familiar genre: the musical.
"...Once transcends even its own ambitions, becoming a complex meditation on relationships, Irish culture, and music...."

June 1, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The Namesake
Mira Nair's complex meditation on family, relationships, and identity traces the saga of two generations of an Indian-American family, as outlined in Jhumpa Lahiri's bestselling novel.
"...places, The Namesake is beautiful and engaging. A complex meditation on family, relationships, and identity, the film traces two..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

I Think I Love My Wife
Who would have ever guessed that Chris Rock would be the guy to film an American remake of Eric Rohmer's meditation on fidelity, Chloe in the Afternoon?
"...French New Wave filmmaker, Rohmer is known for his meditations on triviality that break open the human experience with..."

March 23, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Dreamland
This ensemble piece set in a rural mobile-home park has a solid emotional center despite some dramatic mood swings.
"...film’s emotional center is also very solid, with thoughtful meditation on Audrey’s role as community enabler. The performances are..."

Dec. 1, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The War Tapes
As raw and disturbing as it is wry and satirical, this film gives voice to U.S. National Guard soldiers in Iraq.
"...commenting on Operation Iraqi Freedom to become a provocative meditation on war itself...."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The Night Listener
This taut, wiry exercise in eerie bad vibes, about a writer-cum-radio personality and a disturbing teenage literary sensation, is emotionally dense but never fully takes flight.
"...relationship, or is there something genuinely amiss? Part postmillennial meditation – on loss and love and where, exactly, those..."

Aug. 4, 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.
"...cat-and-mouser it appears to be. It's also a cunning meditation on the birthing grounds of religious extremism, an examination..."

July 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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.
"...form Coleman’s intimate portrait of Tibetan monks. More a meditation than a traditional documentary, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy beautifully..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Don't Come Knocking
With its wonderful veteran cast, its heart on its sleeve, and a love for the landscape that suffuses its technique, Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders' movie is a peculiar but rewarding escape.
"...and Don’t Come Knocking is a warm and sublime meditation on making a home out west and finding yourself..."

April 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
Tristram Shandy’s inspired, breakneck madness provides a good forum for Michael Winterbottom’s chief talent: the illumination of human nature, with all its messes and occasional marvels.
"...breakneck madness – what emerges is a featherlight, moving meditation on new fatherhood. I say featherlight in that there..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Munich
Munich is dense, thoughtful filmmaking that nonetheless flies along: Seething not only with multilayered, subtextual arguments, it’s also a heck of a thriller.
"...extreme to the next, it’s also a horrifically topical meditation on the ultimate futility of vengeance, even when that..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Three ... Extremes
This lush and horrific anthology film from three of the finest craftsmen working today – Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, and Takashi Miike – is an instantly memorable and squirm-inducing assemblage.
"..."Dumplings," sets a nervy, freakish tone in an ageless meditation on the corruptive nature of both personal and social..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

2046
At once tremendously dense and gossamer-thin, this period romance/sci-fi hybrid from Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai is a riot of sight and sound that has an irresistible, elemental pull.
"...skin of the thing: Beneath is a Möbius strip-like meditation on love and loss. Wong, along with chief cinematographer..."

Sept. 9, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Crónicas
John Leguizamo plays a TV reporter in Ecuador in a film that examines the ethics of tabloid journalism.
"...the affair, is at the heart of Cordero’s grim meditation on the abuses of power by the members of..."

Aug. 5, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

3-Iron
A young man steals into people's apartments and adopts their identities in this largely wordless Korean drama.
"...even when the law inevitably gets involved, but a meditation on how and why people connect. The resolution, which..."

May 27, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Around the Bend
Family elixir is by turns weepy and hilarious, a little bit Caine and a whole lotta Walken.
"...the men in the Lair family and a steely meditation on manhood, parenting, and the pitfalls thereof. It’s by..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mean Creek
A kinder, gentler Bully.
"...teenagers is equally top-notch.) The question, in Estes’ intelligent meditation on the gradations of meanness and just what depths..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Elephant
Gus Van Sant examines the petri dish that grows the lethal seeds of high school disaster, à la Columbine.
"...Eric Deulen. Elephant, Gus Van Sant’s brief (81 minutes) meditation on the Columbine killings, is, wisely, a lot like..."

Nov. 21, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen
Claude Lelouch’s new movie starring Jeremy Irons is a cat-burgler story set in sunny, faraway locales.
"...in the manner of To Catch a Thief; and meditation on the mutability of personal identity in the face..."

Aug. 22, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Piglet's Big Movie
"...film, exactly the sort of blissful, cute, altogether sweet meditation on friendship and Being a Good Person that the..."

March 28, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dreamcatcher
"...horror film, an alien invaders flick, a Big Chill-ish meditation on friendship and the past, and a plague film..."

March 21, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dark Blue
"...Rodney King, Dark Blue sets out to be a meditation on race and interdepartmental police politics gone awry, but..."

Feb. 21, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Final Destination 2
"...perhaps Jack Valenti was out that day. As a meditation on fate, chance, luck, or what-have-you, viewed through a..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hours
"...Near-perfect in every way, The Hours is a compelling meditation on making the most of what we're given in..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Happiness of the Katakuris
Katakuris is something of a departure for Miike, seeing as how it's chock-full of robust romance and – we kid you not – musical numbers. While this is ultimately a crazy meditation on family values and the like, it's still mind-bogglingly goofy filmmaking, at once deeply moving and deeply annoying.
"...loving eye, and while this is ultimately a crazy meditation on family values and the like, it's still mind-bogglingly..."

Nov. 29, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Little Otik
Brazenly bizarre animated feature by Czech filmmaker Svankmajer.
"...Otik himself. The result is a sublime, blacker-than-night comic meditation on the insistent demands of a youngster's love and..."

March 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Birthday Girl
"...of cliché this might have been a smashingly black-comic meditation on loneliness and the redemptive powers of a little..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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