Dennis Harvey

Midnight in Woodyland

Try as it might, Allen's latest is hardly a Roman holiday

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FILM Woody Allen's film legacy is not like anybody else's — his imitators don't count — and is likely to grow ever more interesting in retrospect, as it becomes clear how even his (by now many) bad or indifferent movies still provided some idiosyncratic diversity in American comedy. (For the most part his few straight dramas are, face it, only really interesting as digressions from his strengths.)Read more »

Most likely to succeed

With two new movies (and more on the horizon), Mark Duplass is on the cusp of household-name status

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Womb raiders

A Filipino horror gem unearthed -- and on the loose

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TRASH A primary figure in Philippine folklore dating back centuries, the aswang is a monster that has taken many forms — shape shifting being one constant. But arguably the most prevalent, at least in pop culture today, is that of a vampiric "witch" who uses the guise of a seemingly harmless old woman to ingratiate herself wherever there are pregnant women or young families, with the goal of eventually making a snack of the newborn or not-quite-yet-born. They manage the latter selection by using an extremely long proboscis to suck the ... oh, you don't want to know. Read more »

Pinoy rising

"New Filipino Cinema" spotlights the island nation's burgeoning, work-in-progress filmmaking scene

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Far from heaven

Michael Glawogger wraps up his 'globalization trilogy' with a look at the world's oldest profession

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Hard to be a filmmaker

Aleksei Guerman's five films (from the past 45 years) screen at YBCA

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FILM In 1987, Soviet critics were polled to create a list of the nation's greatest films. Landing on top was a movie still little-known abroad, whose maker has completed just five features in 45 years — one of which he doesn't even consider truly his own work.Read more »

This is your brain on Zulawski

YBCA feeds the Possession obsession with a tribute to the Polish director

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Tiger woods

A lone tracker probes a troubled wilderness in The Hunter

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FILM The Tasmanian tiger wasn't a cat at all, but a pouched marsupial resembling a ring-tailed dog, with the most fearsome steel-trap jaws imaginable. It was hunted out of existence as a menace to domestic livestock; the last one died in captivity in 1936. Nonetheless, alleged sightings persist. Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, the tiger is kept alive at least in the imagination by the fervency of stubborn believers.Read more »

Truth or consequences

Solid-gold lifestyles and agents provocateurs: SFIFF's documentary highlights

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SFIFF It's possible to have an almost perfect Sundance Film Festival viewing experience if you hew to one simple rule: only go to the documentaries. Sure, see some of the dramatic entries too, after the 40th person has told you such-and-such title is great. But you can rarely go far wrong with the documentaries. Sundance has its pick of the annual crème de la crème in that genre (among U.S. if not necessarily international films).Read more »