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Patrick Z McGavin

  • Afghan Star

    27-Jan-2009

    Dir. Havana Marking. UK/Afghanistan. 2008. 88mins.
  • Motherhood

    26-Jan-2009

    Dir/scr: Katherine Dieckmann. US. 2009. 90mins.
  • World's Greatest Dad

    26-Jan-2009

    Dir/scr: Bobcat Goldthwait. US. 2009. 98 mins.
  • Shrink

    22-Jan-2009

    Dir: Jonas Pate. US. 2009. 105mins.
  • Arlen Faber

    20-Jan-2009

    Dir/scr: John Hindman. US. 2009. 95mins.
  • Taking Chance

    18-Jan-2009

    Dir: Ross Katz. US. 2009. 80mins.
  • Moon

    17-Jan-2009

    Dir: Duncan Jones. UK. 2008. 97mins.
  • The Human Contract

    29-Oct-2008

    Dir/Scr: Jada Pinkett Smith. US. 2008. 106mins
  • In Focus: Criterion puts classics on Blu-ray

    3-Oct-2008

    The first time Joseph Cotton's war correspondent Holly Martins discovers his presumed dead friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), in postwar Vienna, the moment packs a powerful punch.
  • Profile: Music Box Films

    26-Sep-2008

    At the end of summer 2007, William Schopf, Ed Arentz and Brian Andreotti had a drink in the bar of a dazzling Chicago Loop skyscraper for a low-key launch of their new distribution concern.
  • Gigantic

    16-Sep-2008

    Dir: Matt Aselton. US. 2008. 96mins.
  • One Week

    16-Sep-2008

    Dir/Scr: Michael McGowan. Canada. 2008. 94mins.
  • The Secret Of Moonacre

    14-Sep-2008

    Dir: Gabor Csupo. UK. 2008. 103mins.
  • Nothing But the Truth

    9-Sep-2008

    Director: Rod Lurie. US. 2008. 107mins.A dramatic fictionalization thatconflates the political scandal of former covert intelligence officerValerie Plame and controversial journalist Judith Miller, Rod Lurie's Nothing But the Truthis a miscalculated piece damaged by poor direction, mediocre writingand performances ...
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    7-Sep-2008

    Dir. Peter Sollett. US. 2008. 89mins.The highly anticipated second feature of the New York-based independent Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) valiantly attempts to both enliven and subvert the tendencies and predictability of the teenage romantic comedy - although the whole never quite registers ...
  • Dean Spanley (2008)

    6-Sep-2008

    Dir. Toa Fraser. New Zealand/UK. 2008. 99mins.New Zealand director Toa Fraser’s Dean Spanley overcomes an uncertain and sketchy opening section to register as a moving and visually wondrous evocation of magic and imagination. The movie’s tonal shifts are fairly abrupt and the first third is frustratingly undeveloped dramatically, but the director holds the whimsy ...
  • Journey to the Third Dimension

    1-Aug-2008

    In 1953, studio chief Jack Warner implored Alfred Hitchcock to work in the new format of 3D for his film Dial M For Murder. Hollywood had just introduced the colour stereoscopic photographic technology to fend off the pervasive reach of television. But by the time of the release, the 3D phenomenon had largely passed. Outside of a few major markets, Hitchcock's film was shown in the traditional two-dimension format.
  • New Projects - Strength in depth

    1-Aug-2008

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  • The lowdown - How does 3D work'

    1-Aug-2008

    The 3D projection formats introduced in the 1950s were cumbersome, labour-intensive and required two cameras projecting onto the same screen, making synchronisation difficult. Today, there are three far more sophisticated 3D digital projection technologies in the theatrical market: RealD, Dolby Digital Cinema and Imax 3D.
  • United States - A one-shot deal

    25-Apr-2008

    On a sombre late March morning in Chicago before dawn breaks, it is day four of shooting on Helix, the first feature from the Beverly Hills-based production company Windward Entertainment.
  • Grandmother's Flower

    27-Mar-2008

    Dir: Mun Jeong-hyun. South Korea. 2007. 90mins.
  • Motherland (La Terramadre)

    19-Feb-2008

    Dir: Nello La Marca. Italy. 2008. 120mins.
  • Everything is Fine (Tout est parfait)

    15-Feb-2008

    Dir: Yves Christian Fournier. Canada. 2008. 118mins.Quebec director Yves Christian Fournier's first feature, Everything is Fine, is a sombre, frequently moving portrait limning the emotional and social aftermath of a tragedy. Fournier's reach sometimes exceeds his grasp, but his complicated and nuanced study of sorrow and loss is sharpened by an impressive visual expression and some very fine performances.Adapted from a first script by ...
  • Jerusalema

    15-Feb-2008

    Dir/scr: Ralph Ziman. South Africa. 2008. 118mins.The third feature of Ralph Ziman, the new South African action movie Jerusalema is reportedly drawn from actual events. More accurately it is inspired from the watching of a lot of movies, combining and cannily poaching parts of the original Scarface, Superfly, GoodFellas, New Jack City and American Gangster. It's well made and engagingly played, but it is finally much too derivative and cartoonish ...
  • Awards Countdown - People - Awards People

    15-Feb-2008

    UK director Paul Greengrass is renowned for his dynamic and visceral style that puts the audience in the centre of the action. Editor Christopher Rouse, who worked with Greengrass on United 93 and also cut The Bourne Supremacy, shares the director's aesthetic sensibilities.
  • Just Anybody (Le Premier Venu)

    10-Feb-2008

    Dir/Scr: Jacques Doillon. Fr/Belg 2008. 122mins.
  • The Guitar

    1-Feb-2008

    Dir: Amy Redford. US. 2008. 93mins.The suggestive metaphor of loss and emotional trauma as divine liberation is treated awkwardly between the outrageous and obscene in Amy Redford's debut feature The Guitar. Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in waysthat are not dramatically satisfying.
  • Phoebe in Wonderland

    31-Jan-2008

    Dir/scr: Daniel Barnz. US. 2008. 96mins.In the lyrically compelling though dynamically flawed Phoebe in Wonderland, first-time feature director Daniel Barnz excites and frustrates in equal measure. His story of a dazzlingly smart young girl's personal liberation through her exposure to the Lewis Carroll masterpiece has moments of awe and wonder though it ends so shockingly compromised and safe that much of the impressive work feels cancelled ...
  • Blind Date

    31-Jan-2008

    Dir: Stanley Tucci. US/Belgium/Holland. 2008. 85mins.The second of a planned trilogy of English-language remakes of films by the murdered Dutch provocateur Theo van Gogh, Stanley Tucci's Blind Date, about a man and woman who stage elaborate games in order to conceal the pain of a horrifying loss, is a fitfully interesting stylistic failure.
  • The Merry Gentleman

    31-Jan-2008

    Dir: Michael Keaton. US. 2008. 110mins.In his directorial debut The Merry Gentleman, Michael Keaton reveals some of the same flair for the off-beat, moody and unconventional he has acutely demonstrated as an actor. He summons a wonderful performance by Kelly Macdonald and strong character distinction to the secondary players, but otherwise his movie works only in fragments.Keaton's own performance is quite frankly a part ...
  • Assassination of a High School President

    29-Jan-2008

    Dir: Brett Simon. US. 2008. 98mins.Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President is a small and pleasant surprise. It's a mostly energetic satire of the sexual, social and political hierarchies of contemporary high school reconceived, like Rian Johnson's Brick, as a postmodern noir. Its throwaway accessibility makes it go down very easily.
  • The Brøken

    29-Jan-2008

    Dir/scr: Sean Ellis. UK/France. 2008. 88mins.In his second feature The Brøken the talented British director Sean Ellis (Cashback) traffics in a melange of styles and historical references that range from the poetic horror works of Jean Cocteau (Orpheus) to the social malaise and extreme alienation of Roman Polanski (The Tennant), Stanley Kubrick (The Shining) and David Lynch (Eraserhead).
  • The Deal

    29-Jan-2008

    Dir: Steven Schachter. Canada. 2008. 98mins.Completing an informal trilogy of Sundance titles about the making of movies (following Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind and Barry Levinson's What Just Happened'), Steven Schachter's The Deal is erratic and paper thin. Not a moment of it rings particularly true, and it never gathers the fluency and bounce of the best screwball farces.
  • The Escapist

    28-Jan-2008

    Dir: Rupert Wyatt. UK/Ireland. 2008. 105mins.In his debut feature The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt animates the virtues of the B-movie thriller - direct expression, taut construction and a stripped down psychology-with a more conceptually unorthodox narrative design that collapses time and space.
  • Sugar

    24-Jan-2008

    Dir/scr: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. US. 2008. 117minsIn a word, Sugar is extraordinary. The second feature of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden deepens the promise and talent they exhibited on their debut Half Nelson. A singular examination of sports, class and the American social fabric refracted through the perspective of a gifted young Dominican baseball player, Sugar has a novelistic density and formal precision that immediately marks these very talented ...
  • Choke

    24-Jan-2008

    Dir: Clark Gregg. US. 2008. 89mins
  • What Just Happened?

    21-Jan-2008

    Dir. Barry Levinson. US.2008.112mins.
  • Be Kind Rewind

    21-Jan-2008

    Michel Gondry. US.2007. 101mins
  • The Yellow Handkerchief

    21-Jan-2008

    Dir. Udayan Prasad. US. 2008. 103mins.
  • United States - Sayles talk

    16-Nov-2007

    In John Sayles' new film Honeydripper, Danny Glover stars as a huckster artist, a barnstorming pianist who conceives a wild and daring plan to revive the economic fortunes of his struggling juke joint in 1950 Alabama by importing a young guitar virtuoso to headline there.
  • Honeydripper

    11-Oct-2007

    Dir/scr: John Sayles. US. 2007. 123mins.
  • Glass

    24-Sep-2007

    Dir: Scott Hicks. Australia . 2007. 122mins.The critical relationship of subject to filmmaker is the tipping point for most documentary portraits. It is the primary distinction between a probing and objective analysis and hagiography. In Scott Hicks' Glass, the composer Philip Glass has allowed the director unmediated exposure to his life and work, and it is particularly disappointing that Hicks in turn is so timid and apparently unwilling to ...
  • Shadows

    19-Sep-2007

    Dir/Scr: Milcho Manchevski. Macedonia 2007. 120mins.A ghost story that draws on the irrational to explore the historical and cultural redress of displaced Macedonians, Milcho Manchevski's third feature Shadows is ambitious and capably mounted. However it is too fastidious for its own good, and is damaged by dramatically contradictory parts that constantly throw the movie's balance and tone off kilter.This is only Manchevski's second film ...
  • The Babysitters

    18-Sep-2007

    Dir. David Ross. US. 2007. 90mins.First time director David Ross negotiates a precarious line between exploitation and provocation with The Babysitters, the story of a bright and industrious teenager who fronts a high school escort service for bored suburban men. It inverts the story of Risky Business, moving away from male teenage sexual initiation towards a more elusive and problematic study of the emotional costs of female sexual expression.
  • Trumbo

    18-Sep-2007

    Dir: Peter Askin. US. 2007. 96mins.Peter Askin's endearing and sometimes strangely compromised documentary portrait Trumbo, a meditation on the life and times of the radical American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, is an alternately rich and often bewildering mixture of theatre, family memoir and hot wired historical document.The film's portrait of an artist who suffered grievous personal, professional and artistic injury during the anti-communist ...
  • The Princess of Nebraska

    18-Sep-2007

    Dir: Wayne Wang. US. 2007. 77mins.Wayne Wang's The Princess of Nebraska is a stylistically audacious companion piece to the director's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, adapted from the same collection of short stories by expatriate Chinese writer Yiyun Li. Like Blue in the Face, the improvisational variant of his own Smoke that he developed with writer Paul Auster, the second film is more fluid and nervy and features a dynamite lead ...
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

    18-Sep-2007

    Dir: Wayne Wang. US. 2007. 83mins.After a series of Hollywood assignments, the eclectic and unpredictable Wayne Wang has fashioned an old fashioned classical piece in A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, written by the highly regarded Chinese writer Yiyun Li, who adapted her own short story. The minor key and quietly observational work is not earth-shattering or particularly urgent, though it enables a talented filmmaker to ...
  • United states - Mumble-Mania

    14-Sep-2007

    Joe Swanberg never wanted to change the world or rewrite the rules of cinema. He simply wanted to make movies, preferably on his own terms with a group of friends and collaborators.
  • Mother of Tears

    12-Sep-2007

    Dir/Scr: Dario Argento. Italy. 2007 98mins .The new work of Italian horror specialist Dario Argento, Mother of Tears forms a trilogy of the two macabre, hyper stylized works that made his international reputation: Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980). The time away from the material has certainly not dulled the director's senses or brought about any new reflection. As a piece of narrative, however, the movie is virtually ...
  • Middle East in the Midwest

    3-Aug-2007

    As a slew of Iraq-themed films are readied for wide US theatrical release, Patrick Z McGavin talks to two film-makers about the appetite for the subject among financiers and audiences.
  • William Schopf and Ed Arentz: boxing clever

    13-Jul-2007

    Starting life as an arthouse theatre, a specialty film distribution enterprise is thinking outside the Box. Patrick Z McGavin reports.
  • Festival fallout

    11-May-2007

    The buzz about the films turned down by festivals is becoming as loud as the buzz about the films which are accepted. Ahead of Cannes, the biggest festival of them all, Patrick Z McGavin looks at why rejections are the talk of the town.
  • In The Land Of Women

    20-Apr-2007

    Dir/scr: Jonathan Kasdan. US. 2007. 99mins. A first feature about a romantically failed young writer whose ideas and attitudes about women are dramatically shaken by a beautiful older woman and her daughter, Jonathan Kasdan's In the Land Of Women shows promise and ambition, abetted by strong acting and colourful writing. At the say time it suffers from the limitations and problems of many autobiographically shaped first works, its naturalness and grace undercut ...
  • The Reaping

    1-Apr-2007

    Dir: Stephen Hopkins. US. 2007. 99mins. After a recent sojourn working in television and cable, action director Stephen Hopkins pulls out all the stops with The Reaping. The result is a frenzied and unrestrained supernatural horror thriller, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as a debunker of religious phenomena enlisted to explain the furious acts descending on an isolated Southern community.
  • United States - Southern man

    2-Mar-2007

    Jeff Nichols was two years behind writer-director David Gordon Green at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After Green made his auspicious feature debut in 2000 with the poetic George Washington, Nichols took particular notice of his professional advice.
  • Shotgun Stories

    27-Feb-2007

  • The Filthy World

    22-Feb-2007

    Dir: Jeff Garlin. US. 2006. 86mins.
  • Eagle Vs Shark

    22-Feb-2007

    Dir: Taiki Waititi. NZ. 2007. 93mins.
  • Lagerfeld Confidential

    21-Feb-2007

    Dir/scr: Rodolphe Marconi. Fr. 2007. 87mins.
  • La Leon

    20-Feb-2007

    Dir: Santiago Otheguy. Arg-Fr. 2007. 85mins.
  • Finishing the Game

    7-Feb-2007

    Dir: Justin Lin. US. 2007. 93mins. Following his foray directing the studio assignments Annapolis and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin exhibits a warmer, more personal touch with Finishing the Game, a clever though very thin divertissement about filmmaking, Asian cultural stereotypes and the iconic representation of martial arts master Bruce Lee.
  • King of California

    6-Feb-2007

  • The Messengers

    5-Feb-2007

    Dirs: Oxide and Danny Pang. US. 2007. 91mins. The studio debut of the gifted horror specialists Oxide and Danny Pang (The Eye , Bangkok Dangerous), The Messengers is a visually assured though dramatically flat ghost story about an endangered American family unaware their just purchased North Dakota farmhouse harbors a tragic secret.
  • Black Snake Moan

    3-Feb-2007

    Craig Brewer: US: 2007
  • The Pool

    31-Jan-2007

    Dir: Chris Smith. US. 2007. 106mins.In his second narrative feature The Pool, documentary film-maker Chris Smith (American Movie) considerably expands his range and thematic concerns. Working in Hindi, telling a low key, resonant story about an 18-year-old Indian boy's ...
  • Once

    29-Jan-2007

    Dir/scr: John Carney. Ireland. 2007. 88mins.
  • Four Sheets To The Wind

    28-Jan-2007

    Dir/scr: Sterlin Harjo. US. 2007. 85mins.In Sterlin Harjo's debut feature, Four Sheets To The Wind, detailing the emotional and interior journey of a young, somewhat confused Native coming to terms with the death of his father, the young film-maker has carved out a limited though intoxicating piece of American regional film-making.
  • Waitress

    26-Jan-2007

    Dir/Scr: Adrienne Shelly. US. 2007. 104mins
  • Dedication

    26-Jan-2007

    Dir: Justin Theroux. US. 2007. 112mins.After playing a malevolent director in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, actor Justin Theroux takes the plunge down the rabbit hole with Dedication, bringing an electric charge and furious energy to the story of a misanthropic writer of children's books whose professional pairing with a beautiful designer makes him more recognisably human.
  • Expired

    25-Jan-2007

    Dir/scr: Cecilia Miniucchi. US. 2007. 110mins. 'I'm the most hated person in the world,' Samantha Morton's shy, emotionally withdrawn parking meter enforcer says at the opening of Expired, a title that proves unfortunately apt. The movie proves exhausting, obliterating patience, understanding or emotional conviction in its portrait of female ...
  • Grace Is Gone

    23-Jan-2007

    Dir/scr: James C Strouse. US. 2007. 92mins.The strengths and limitations of Grace Is Gone exist in conjunction with each other. Intimately ...
  • Year of the Dog

    22-Jan-2007

    Dir/Scr: Mike White. US. 2007. 98mins.
  • The Savages

    22-Jan-2007

    Dir/scr: Tamara Jenkins. US. 2007. 113mins.
  • The Good Shepherd

    12-Dec-2006

    Dir: Robert De Niro. US. 2006. 165mins.Robert De Niro's secondfeature The Good Shepherd is afrequently absorbing, fascinating work that achieves its power through itsdeliberate sense of contradiction. Traversing 20th-century American foreignpolicy and Cold War politics, it refracts historical tensions through a singleperspective; the complex, emotionally harsh life of spymaster Edward Wilson,played with rigorous precision and ...
  • Home Of The Brave

    9-Dec-2006

  • The Return

    14-Nov-2006

    Dir: Asif Kapadia. US. 2006. 85mins.
  • Trapped Ashes

    6-Oct-2006

    Dirs: Joe Dante, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell, SeanCunningham, John Gaeta. US/Canada/Japan. 2006. 105mins.
  • Griffin & Phoenix

    3-Oct-2006

  • Griffin & Phoenix

    3-Oct-2006

  • School For Scoundrels

    25-Sep-2006

  • School For Scoundrels

    25-Sep-2006

  • The Last Winter

    22-Sep-2006

  • Wedding Daze

    21-Sep-2006

    Dir/scr: Michael Ian Black.US. 2006. 90mins.Those foundations of the romantic comedy, sentimental faith andoptimism, are mocked and blown wide open in ThePleasure Of Your Company, Michael Ian Black's clever and engagingly piecethat unfortunately fails to sustain its free-floating, comic riffs right to theend.
  • The Dog Problem

    20-Sep-2006

  • Black Sheep

    13-Sep-2006

  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend

    21-Jul-2006

    Dir: Ivan Reitman. US. 2006. 96mins.
  • United 93

    21-Apr-2006

  • Dreamland

    21-Mar-2006

  • Wal-Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price

    14-Mar-2006

  • Flannel Pajamas

    10-Mar-2006

    Dir/scr: Jeff Lipsky. US. 2006. 124mins.With his reportedly autobiographical FlannelPajamas, former arthousedistribution specialist Jeff Lipsky successfully tracksthe emotional ups and downs of a relationship, moving from sublime rapture andsurrender to grim heartbreak.
  • Ask The Dust

    3-Mar-2006

    Dir/scr Robert Towne. US. 2005. 117mins.
  • Lucy

    3-Mar-2006

  • The Red Cockatoo (Der Rote Kakadu)

    1-Mar-2006

  • The Feast Of The Goat (La Fiesta Del Chivo)

    28-Feb-2006

    Dir. Luis Llosa. Spain/UK. 2006. 135mins.
  • Puccini For Beginners

    22-Feb-2006

  • Son Of Man

    22-Feb-2006

  • Subject Two

    20-Feb-2006

    Dir/scr Philip Chidel. US. 2006.92mins.
  • Opal Dream

    17-Feb-2006

    Dir: Peter Cattaneo. Aus-UK. 2005. 88mins.
  • Freedomland

    14-Feb-2006

    Dir: Joe Roth. US. 2006.113mins.
  • Salvage

    4-Feb-2006

  • Wristcutters: A Love Story

    4-Feb-2006

  • Little Red Flowers (Kan shang qu hen mei)

    1-Feb-2006

    Dir. Zhang Yuan. China.2006. 92mins.In the droll Little Red Flowers, eccentric Sixth Generation director Zhang Yuanshapes a comically alive, delicately observed adaptation of theautobiographical novel by Wang Shuo.
  • Solo Dios Sabe

    1-Feb-2006

    Dir/scr: Carlos Bolado. Mex-Braz. 2006. 114mins.
  • God Grew Tired Of Us

    30-Jan-2006

  • Open Window

    30-Jan-2006

  • Annapolis

    27-Jan-2006

  • A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

    26-Jan-2006

  • The Hawk Is Dying

    26-Jan-2006

    Dir: Julian Goldberger. US. 2006. 112mins.The second featurefrom Julian Goldberger after his 1999 work Trans,The Hawk Is Dying is an admirable thoughfailed effort to graft the film-maker's poetic aesthetic to the demands of narrativefilm-making.
  • The Night Listener

    24-Jan-2006

  • The New World

    13-Dec-2005

    Dir/scr: Terrence Malick. US. 2005. 150mins.
  • Hostel

    17-Nov-2005

  • The Libertine

    14-Nov-2005

    Dir. Laurence Dunmore. UK. 2005. 114mins.
  • Sorry, Haters

    8-Nov-2005

  • The Ice Harvest

    31-Oct-2005

  • Jarhead

    28-Oct-2005

    Dir. Sam Mendes. US. 2005. 120mins.Technically strong and well performed,the visually accomplished Jarhead isa complex, mournful meditation on war and its consequences that director SamMendes also manages to inject with a bracing emotional immediacy.
  • The Weather Man

    21-Oct-2005

    Dir. Gore Verbinski. US. 2005.102mins.TheWeather Man is clearly a transitional work for director Gore Verbinski, a modestly budgeted, comically inflected dramamore alert ...
  • Feast

    18-Oct-2005

    Dir. John Gulager. US. 2005. 80mins.
  • Slow Burn

    18-Oct-2005

  • Harsh Times

    26-Sep-2005

  • The Regular Lovers (Les Amants Reguliers)

    26-Sep-2005

    Dir:Philippe Garrel. Fr. 2005. 183mins

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