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2004 Stories by Melissa Levine

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  • Bomb-alie

    published December 16, 2004

    A Very Long Engagement, the new film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (most famously of Amélie), will have its... More >>

  • Sour Grapes

    published November 4, 2004

    When was the last time you saw Paul Giamatti? And when the film ended, did you realize how much you would miss him? It was just last year that... More >>

  • Full of Grace

    published November 4, 2004

    Throughout p.s. , a thoughtful, self-possessed film from director Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger), there is a sense of the disaster... More >>

  • Secrets and Lies

    published October 21, 2004

    How does Mike Leigh do it? The years pass; film fashions come and go; Hollywood churns its commercial pap. Careers sparkle; others fizz; whom the... More >>

  • Brave and Crazy

    published October 21, 2004

    Whatever else can be said about Tarnation--and there is plenty to say--there is no denying this: It is a very brave movie. Rarely is... More >>

  • Empty Sex

    published September 23, 2004

    The very best thing about A Dirty Shame, a giddy sex farce from John Waters, is the credits. What's not to love about a list of... More >>

  • Reese's Piece

    published September 2, 2004

    In Victorian England, 40,000 novels were published every year. Of the few that have endured, perhaps none is more worthy of a film adaptation than... More >>

  • Party Train

    published September 2, 2004

    Oh, Janis. Oh, gorgeous, outrageous, soul-ripping, rockin' bluesy momma Janis Joplin. She's a volcano. She's a tsunami. She's a fearless,... More >>

  • The Agony of Adultery

    published August 26, 2004

    In We Don't Live Here Anymore, an overwrought domestic drama about a pair of entangled couples, Peter Krause plays philandering writer Hank... More >>

  • I Hate It

    published August 19, 2004

    Every once in a while, a film comes along that so blatantly disregards emotional authenticity that one fears for the sanity of its director. Can... More >>

  • A Royal Shame

    published August 12, 2004

    Garry Marshall is at it again. The director of Pretty Woman, Beaches and the original Princess Diaries has returned to peddle... More >>

  • The Company Line

    published July 22, 2004

    Near the beginning of The Corporation, a damning documentary designed to expose everything that is irresponsible, immoral, inhumane... More >>

  • A Gift to Grief

    published July 15, 2004

    The opening moments of The Door in the Floor are not promising. A little girl stands on a chair in a hallway of photos, pointing at... More >>

  • Strife Is Beautiful

    published July 1, 2004

    Samurai have never been strangers to film; in fact, an entire genre has sprung from their legend, with plenty of attendant offshoots,... More >>

  • Sa-Weet!

    published June 24, 2004

    It's charming. It's hilarious. It is perhaps the most beautifully crafted, lovingly rendered portrait of extreme geekitude ever to grace the... More >>

  • Radio Free Haiti

    published June 10, 2004

    Every once in a while, you encounter a person who seems to have been born under an urgent, righteous star--a person who is both a fiery activist... More >>

  • Sad and Wonderful

    published June 3, 2004

    Ah, the peculiar genius that is Guy Maddin. Who else but the morose Canadian director, born and raised in one of the coldest cities in the world,... More >>

  • Crouching Forward, Hidden Goalie

    published May 6, 2004

    If you've seen a movie at a Landmark theater in the past year or so, you've probably enjoyed the trailer for Shaolin Soccer. Over a... More >>

  • Lost in Translation

    published April 1, 2004

    Those of us who grew up in the United States may be weary of our country's claims of freedom and opportunity. Faced with a wobbly quote from our... More >>

  • The Wince and Me

    published April 1, 2004

    She's a pre-med farm girl intent on administering to the world's suffering children. He's a car-racing Danish prince looking to shed the burdens... More >>

  • Lenin Grads

    published March 18, 2004

    If you were a college-aged East Berliner in October 1989, chances are that your time was occupied by one of several things. Protesting comes to... More >>

  • Talk, Talk

    published March 11, 2004

    Remember Omar Sharif? He's been all but absent from the silver screen in recent years (though he has been seen--or at least heard--on television).... More >>

  • From Bad to Worse

    published March 11, 2004

    If you were expecting the first film to emerge from Afghanistan since the defeat of the Taliban to be even remotely celebratory, you'll have to... More >>

  • Sizzle? Fizzle.

    published February 26, 2004

    This is not a good movie. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is, in fact, a bad movie. The script bleeds one cliché after another;... More >>

  • Fog of Reason

    published February 5, 2004

    At the opening of The Fog of War, the brilliant new documentary from director Errol Morris, we see a composed, sharply groomed and... More >>

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