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Agenda Top Pick Army of Shadows director returns
Le Doulos

Film Forum; Opens today; Through July 12; Trailer; Tickets

Last year, Film Forum revived Jean-Pierre Melville’s brilliant French Resistance thriller Army of Shadows and even the most reserved critics freaked out. Now the theater’s back with more: Melville’s earlier classic (from 1962) is a slick crime flick about a crooked police informer, played by the sly, understated Jean-Paul Belmondo, who sees an upside to every betrayal. This is a master class in the art of the double-cross—and may be the film-geek event of the season.


   
Populist Moore impresses even Fox News
Sicko
 
Everyone knows the French love Michael Moore, but this time around even Fox News is declaring his new documentary "brilliant and uplifting." And as for our own critic, well, David Edelstein says it’s Moore’s best film, “a documentary that mixes outrage, hope, and gonzo stunts in the right proportions” and that “poses profound questions about the connection between health care and work.” Did we mention that Fox News called it “brilliant and uplifting”?

Opens tonight
Review  » Trailer Tickets  »

 

More weekend picks
PopulistJVC Jazz Fest saves best for last.
PopulistSee McLane kill that helicopter with a car.

     
Indieist D.J. brings Ibiza to Long Island City
Prins Thomas
 
The Water Taxi Beach Party kicks off its summer D.J. nights by importing just the guest to remind us that we’re a maritime city: Thomas channels the Balearic beat of the party island of Ibiza and the spacey disco of his native Norway's fjords. He may be known as the Chewbacca to his pal Lindstrom's Han Solo, but the guy does cosmic house—with its deep bass and heady flourishes—as well as anyone.

Water Taxi Beach
June 30
8 p.m.
$3
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More weekend picks
PopulistDFA D.J.'s launch P.S. 1’s summer dance party.
PopulistPoet assesses L.A.’s early-eighties punk scene.

     
Square “Summer of Love” loses its innocence
Resistance Is ...
 
If you're among people who found, like Jerry Saltz, that the “Summer of Love” show doesn’t properly acknowledge the sixties’ turbulent politics, man, you may want to give the Whitney another chance: The curators have belatedly installed photos and other works dealing with protest. Some pieces (like those by Gordon Parks and Garry Winogrand) are roughly contemporaries of the hippie work; others are by younger artists (Sam Durant, Josephine Meckseper) nostalgic for their parents' revolution.

Whitney
Opens today
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More weekend picks
PopulistThe highlight of the Women Center Stage festival.
PopulistClosing: Van Gogh’s Expressionist protégés.

     
Aesthete Glimpse an avant-garde filmmaker’s dreams
David Noonan
 
Darkness is sort of a given aesthetic in the art world, but that doesn’t mean it has to be tormented, foreboding, and overly conceptual. (We’re glancing in your direction, Violette.) Noonan’s sepia silk screens are a glimpse into an avant-garde filmmaker’s dreams—a Pop medium with an anti-Pop sentiment and approach. The artist, who recently showed at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, is exhibiting his multi-paneled, two- and three-dimensional compositions here; see them before they fade to black next week.

Foxy Productions
Through
July 6
Slideshow  »
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More weekend picks
PopulistOpening: Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney in disguise.
PopulistBeethoven, Bartok—and Andean folk music and Prince.

     
Kids Physical comedy stumbles to the next level
Ratatouille
 
When we saw the trailer for this film, we figured it for just another lame mouse ‘toon. But, as David Edelstein raves, “this is a high water mark for Pixar”—one that even tops Brad Bird’s earlier masterwork, The Incredibles. It’s funnier, for one. This ridiculous rodent does what Keaton, Chaplin, and the Stooges couldn’t: He racks up pratfalls and pranks at the speed of an overclocked microchip. And he never has to pause to catch his breath.

Buena Vista/Pixar
Opens today
Review  »
In Vulture  » Trailer  » Tickets  »

 

More weekend picks
PopulistMidsummer Night Swing for the spazzy set.
PopulistHear D.J. Pork Chop, eat the arepitas.

     
 
 

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