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2005 Stories by Melissa Levine

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  • Springtime for Mel

    published December 29, 2005

    In 1968 it was a movie. In 2001 it became a musical. Now it's a movie again? Yep, and there's actually pretty good reason to return The... More >>

  • Heath in Heat

    published December 29, 2005

    For your Heath Ledger holiday-movie options, you have a) a cowboy in love with another man, and b) history's most infamous womanizer. Since the... More >>

  • Spent

    published November 24, 2005

    Ever since its Broadway debut in 1996, Rent has generated a loyal, almost cultlike following. Showered with praise, the Pulitzer... More >>

  • Spell It Out

    published November 17, 2005

    Richard Gere? That's the first thought that came to mind upon learning that Mr. Salt-and-Pepper-Sexy-Buddhist-Wasp had been cast as Saul Naumann... More >>

  • Wild, Then Crazy

    published October 27, 2005

    Does Steve Martin have multiple personality disorder -- or is he just brilliantly in tune with some things and wildly out of touch with others?... More >>

  • Moore's the Pity

    published October 20, 2005

    It's always hard to pan an earnest film, especially one by a first-time director. And The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, a plucky striver... More >>

  • Say Cheese

    published October 6, 2005

    Ah, Wallace and Gromit. Who doesn't get a little lift at the sound of those names? Who doesn't feel the edges of her mouth begin to tickle toward... More >>

  • Something Missing

    published September 29, 2005

    In 2001, Jonathan Safran Foer made an astounding literary debut. "A Very Rigid Search," published by The New Yorker, was his hilarious,... More >>

  • Proof Positive

    published September 22, 2005

    In the tradition of A Beautiful Mind and Good Will Hunting comes Proof, a psychological drama about a math genius and the... More >>

  • Low Yield

    published September 1, 2005

    At the opening of The Constant Gardener, Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' adaptation of the novel by John le Carr, we hear a... More >>

  • A Tale of Two Bastards

    published August 4, 2005

    Toward the end of Saraband, the uneven new film from legendary director Ingmar Bergman, a character sits down with his daughter, a taut... More >>

  • Miracle on Ice

    published July 7, 2005

    If you're short on reasons to be grateful these days, look no further than March of the Penguins, the astonishing if imperfect nature... More >>

  • Chinese Box

    published June 30, 2005

    You're a talented young resident at a New York hospital, first-generation Chinese, and you happen to be gay. In fact, you're dating a new and... More >>

  • Girls Interrupted

    published June 23, 2005

    Not many people saw Lost and Delirious, the 2001 boarding-school drama about two girls in obsessive love, and that was probably for the... More >>

  • Club Life

    published June 16, 2005

    It won't ruin anyone's experience of 3-Iron, the new film by Korean writer/director Kim Ki-duk, to reveal that it closes with a single... More >>

  • Love, African Style

    published June 9, 2005

    It's always difficult to pan a movie that features good actors, important issues, and noble intentions. But In My Country, a romantic drama... More >>

  • One for the Girls

    published June 2, 2005

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a flawed movie born of a flawed novel, but let this be clear: Girls will eat it up with a spoon.... More >>

  • All the Right Moves

    published June 2, 2005

    Ten is a magical age, when kids are old enough to make articulate statements about their experience and young enough to express their feelings... More >>

  • Bad Daddy

    published May 26, 2005

    If it's been a while since you've seen a great work of art, perhaps you've forgotten what it feels like: It feels euphoric. At least, that's the... More >>

  • A Lot Like Good

    published April 21, 2005

    Amanda Peet. Ashton Kutcher. Romantic comedy. Who'd have thought it could work? And yet A Lot Like Love is an entertainment success, a... More >>

  • Woody and Woody . . .

    published March 31, 2005

    Does the world really need a new film from Woody Allen every single year? Yes, he is one of America's great auteurs. Yes, he's responsible for... More >>

  • The Camera's Weeping Eye

    published March 10, 2005

    Toward the end of Born Into Brothels, a superb and piercing documentary by directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, a 12-year-old child... More >>

  • Searching for Shylock

    published March 10, 2005

    When was the last time you lost yourself in a Shakespeare film? It's a testament to the success of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of... More >>

  • Pooch Kicks

    published February 17, 2005

    It's hard to know what to expect from Wayne Wang. The Hong Kong-raised director has made one gorgeous mood movie (Chinese Box) and two... More >>

  • Death Becomes Him

    published February 17, 2005

    The Sea Inside, the new right-to-die drama from Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others), is a flawed film worth... More >>

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