A young Aussie actress and an old Chinese chef reach a weird spiritual symbiosis in "The Idol," an extremely slim, only occasionally involving chamber drama that plays like a beefed-up short. Third…
Key runaway production legislation passed its first test in the California State Senate on 4-0 approval by that body's Revenue and Taxation Committee.
Universal Pictures has put together the pieces of "American Pie 3," the sequel to one of the studio's most profitable franchises. Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy have signed to reprise…
Fox Searchlab has launched Foxsearchlight.com, a Web site featuring short films, lectures and discussions with top filmmakers and actors, as part of its effort to reach out to new filmmakers.
Marco Porru's hourlong "Mario Monicelli, the Viareggio Craftsman" does much to set the record straight about the helmer of "Big Deal on Madonna Street". Pic adopts a bantering tone and up-close…
French helmer Jean-Charles Fitoussi explores the sense of time in a curious but generally tedious fable about a man who only "exists" on alternate days. Not only does this create anguish for the…
First feature by Dutch helmer Dorothee Van den Berghe, "Girl" is a coming-of-ager offering a psychological study of three women ages 20, 35 and 55. Female viewers who have not already seen this story…
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A delightfully unpredictable sleeper, "Suddenly," by Diego Lerman, tells of the "kidnapping" of a lonely, overweight lingerie saleswoman by two lesbian punkettes, who turn her world around -- and…
Helmer Pierre-Alain Meier has fashioned here with co-scripters Lou Inglebert, Jacques Akchoti and Barbara Sobeck an intriguing road movie focusing on the shifting lives of complex characters. Pic's…
A boffo B.O. has Imax back in black for the third quarter running, with the large-screen film company promising more to come.