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2006 Stories by Melissa Levine

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  • Letter-Box Edition

    published June 22, 2006

    It may not be an "iconic manifestation of civilization," as documentarian Ken Burns proclaims, but The New York Times crossword puzzle is... More >>

  • Smite Me

    published June 1, 2006

    About 10 minutes into Michael Cuesta's 12 and Holding, the following thought came to mind: Not afraid to put children in harm's... More >>

  • Head Over Heels

    published May 25, 2006

    There are lots of ways to grow up. The method offered by Somersault is to do something awful and then flee from it. This dreamy,... More >>

  • Way Down

    in the Hole

    published April 20, 2006

    Countless are the creative souls who struggled with mental illness, as are the novels and films dedicated to them. Again and again, we've... More >>

  • Lovely, Not Amazing

    published April 13, 2006

    In Nicole Holofcener's first feature, 1996's Walking and Talking, the writer-director warmly portrayed an adult female friendship, nudging... More >>

  • Naomi Then and Now

    published April 13, 2006

    Ellie Parker (Strand) This extremely raw portrait of an actress trying -- and failing -- to make it in Hollywood showcases... More >>

  • Misery Train

    published April 6, 2006

    At the opening of Lonesome Jim, a terrific new film directed by Steve Buscemi, a country song plays behind scenes of small-town... More >>

  • Biblical Contortions

    published March 30, 2006

    If you're craving an antidote to the sanctity of repressed gay cowboys, you could do worse than Adam & Steve. This good-natured... More >>

  • Nowhere Man

    published March 23, 2006

    The brain is a beguiling thing. One evening, you're talking to a friend on the phone. Sometime later, you find yourself in a subway car, passing... More >>

  • Suspended Sentence

    published March 23, 2006

    As scientific advances have made forensic DNA matching a reality, a new field has emerged in criminal justice: exoneration. In cases where... More >>

  • Jingle Hell

    published March 23, 2006

    It can't be easy making films about war. It's so inherently dramatic that, as a setting for art, it's overdetermined; it drips with meaning even... More >>

  • Dreams Deferred

    published March 16, 2006

    The Boys of Baraka, a fine documentary about a group of inner-city, at-risk boys who travel to Kenya to attend a special school,... More >>

  • Free for All

    published March 9, 2006

    If you plan to see The Libertine, an artful and brooding period piece about a scandalously debauched earl of the English... More >>

  • Because of Dixie Win

    published March 9, 2006

    If the Confederacy had won the Civil War, would blacks still be enslaved? Would women vote? Would the United States have colluded with Hitler--or... More >>

  • Bull@$#*%

    published March 9, 2006

    Here's the first thing that's audacious about What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole, the second installment in what has become a... More >>

  • Whoa, Nelly

    published March 2, 2006

    The thing that's so difficult about Cowboy del Amor--a richly layered documentary by Israeli filmmaker Michèle Ohayon--is the... More >>

  • The Great Cash-In

    published March 2, 2006

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's... More >>

  • Take This Woman

    published February 2, 2006

    It happens so often these days. A comedy opens with clever jokes, endearing characters, and an enjoyably brisk pace, all of which put you at ease.... More >>

  • Valley of the Dolls

    published January 26, 2006

    The big news about Bubble, the new film by director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic), is the way it's... More >>

  • Now Dirtier Than Ever

    published January 26, 2006

    The Aristocrats (Lions Gate) The single joke around which Paul Provenza's documentary revolves has a standard beginning and ending,... More >>

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