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Light show

Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008


Peaceful Warrior

Following the template by numbers
The wise-elder/insolent-apprentice story has been so durable in Hollywood that many scriptwriting manuals teach it as a paradigm. Watch the trailer for Peaceful Warrior (QuickTime)
By MATTIAS FREY  |  July 12, 2006


Who Killed the Electric Car?

Ably marrying eco-documentary with murder mystery
In 1993, California passed a mandate that in 10 years 10 percent of cars sold in the state would have to produce zero emissions. Watch the trailer for Who Killed the Electric Car (QuickTime)
By MATTIAS FREY  |  July 05, 2006


Our Brand is Crisis

Doc raises legitimate questions about the exporting of democracy
Boynton’s restrained vérité reveals the consultants’ video-game mentality — and the violent consequences of their meddling.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  June 30, 2006


The Devil Wears Prada

Meryl Streep dominates
If Lauren Weisberger’s bestseller was a Starbucks espresso — overall bland, but hot and quick — then David Frankel’s adaptation is the decaf version. Watch the trailer for The Devil Wears Prada (QuickTime)
By MATTIAS FREY  |  February 20, 2007


Drawing Restraint 9

Bloated yet intriguing work from Björk's husband
Oddball performance artist Matthew Barney’s new vanity project is misguided, derivative, and overstated but often arresting.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  May 26, 2006


The home front

Justice and guilt at Jewishfilm.2006
Space and place, journeys and returns structure and punctuate Jewishfilm.2006.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 18, 2006


The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Questionable methods, questionable subject
Daniel Johnston would seem to confirm Faust’s lesson that genius arises through demonic bargains.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 05, 2006


Joyeux Noel

Euro pudding that doesn't taste half bad
On December 24, 1914, French, German, and Scottish infantry units laid down their arms, climbed out of their trenches, and celebrated a no-man’s-land Christmas together.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  March 08, 2006


Music From the Inside Out

Classical gets its Behind the Music
Through a series of individual and group interviews, Paul Anker explores the head, heart, and bowels of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  March 06, 2006


Banana republic

East (Germany) meets least in ‘Rebels with a Cause’
East Germany graced international screens most recently in the Euro-blockbuster Good Bye, Lenin! (2003).
By MATTIAS FREY  |  February 09, 2006


Rating: 2 stars
With a nubile female vampire, a sci-fi subplot, and a critique of today’s surveillance society, how could the director of Ju-on go wrong?
By MATTIAS FREY  |  February 02, 2006



Rating: 2.5 stars
With Lukas Moodysson in a tailspin of gloomy cynicism ( Lilya 4-Ever , The Hole in My Heart ), Josef Fares has emerged as the savior of mainstream Swedish film.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 25, 2006

Wheel of Time

Rating: 3.5 stars
Werner Herzog’s hypnotic documentary attends to the Kalachakra initiation for Tibetan Buddhist monks in 2002 in Bodh Gaya, India.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 25, 2006

Through the Forest | À travers la forêtà

This zippy dream of love and loss spins a bare thread of a narrative in 10 kinetic single-take scenes.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 24, 2006

Some Kind of Funny Porto Ricans?

Claire Andrade-Watkins’s indie documentary portrays the fate of the Cape Verdean community from the Providence neighborhood Fox Point.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 19, 2006

The Syrian Bride (5)

The Syrian Bride

The iconic image from Eran Riklis’s nuptial allegory is title character Mona crouched alone in a wedding dress, legally unable to move from the small patch of land between the Golan Heights and Syria.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 19, 2006



Duncan Tucker’s debut feature stars Desperate Housewives ’ Felicity Huffman as the pre-operative transsexual Bree.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 19, 2006


Naked In Ashes

Thirteen million yogis provide a dramatically alternative example in the face of an increasingly materialistic and technologized India.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 13, 2006
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