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The Best of Youth

The Best of Youth

There's a moment early on in the bright, roomy Italian melodrama Best of Youth that doesn't auger well for the rest of the film. In Turin, circa 1974, a medical student and his girlfriend have...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2006

The New World

The New World

Is there a more frustrating living director than Terrence Malick? It's hard to imagine another filmmaker more fantastically talented or more jaw-dropping awful, capable of conjuring scenes of breathtaking cinematic poetry and cringing adolescent pathos...

Movie Review posted on 6th January 2006

After Innocence

After Innocence

The advantage of making a documentary like After Innocence is that no matter what one's opinion is on law enforcement, hopefully most everybody can agree that at the very least, innocent people shouldn't be kept...

Movie Review posted on 30th December 2005

Munich

Munich

It's been a long, tough road watching Steven Spielberg grow up. Too often, the great Hollywood money machine seemed to flip self-consciously back and forth between his serious work (Schindler's List) and the popcorn flicks...

Movie Review posted on 23rd December 2005

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

The only thing which director Rob Marshall doesn't throw into Memoirs of a Geisha is a torch song in which the heroines can lament their sad fates; it might have been an improvement if he...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Since the first comparison made with C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy series is to his friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books, it is worth noting that - as recently mentioned in the...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Mrs. Henderson Presents

The best reason for making Mrs. Henderson Presents seems to be we haven't had a cheeky film about curious Brits getting naked since, oh, Calendar Girls. Given the lackadaisical construction of this pallid backstage fairy...

Movie Review posted on 20th December 2005

Secuestro Express

Secuestro Express

Someday filmmakers will tire of the sound of hammers clicking into the chambers of handguns and the sight of amped-up thugs terrorizing their victims. Until that day, though, we're stuck with films like Secuestro Express....

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2005

Rent

Rent

Whatever happened to the glut of movie musicals that the success of Moulin Rouge and Chicago was supposed to have unleashed upon us? Although the door for the long-moribund genre was indeed nudged open by...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2005

Transamerica

Transamerica

From the moment that Felicity Huffman comes on screen in Transamerica, with her rumbling voice and the cloistered manners of a 1950s housewife, it's apparent you're in for something rarely seen before in American film....

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2005

Transamerica

Transamerica

From the moment that Felicity Huffman comes on screen in Transamerica, with her rumbling voice and the cloistered manners of a 1950s housewife, it's apparent you're in for something rarely seen before in American film....

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2005

Rent

Rent

Whatever happened to the glut of movie musicals that the success of Moulin Rouge and Chicago was supposed to have unleashed upon us? Although the door for the long-moribund genre was indeed nudged open by...

Movie Review posted on 1st December 2005

Punishment Park

Punishment Park

A political parable imagined as a horror film and made to look like a documentary, Peter Watkins' 1971 cult legend Punishment Park is not quite what it could be, but that makes it no less...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2005

Syriana

Syriana

Never send a writer to do a director's job. That, more than the addictive evils of easy oil and cozy government/business corruption, is the true lesson of Syriana. When Steven Soderbergh took on Stephen Gaghan's...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2005

The Ice Harvest

The Ice Harvest

Harold Ramis hasn't been kind to his own reputation in the last few years. One of the few uncontested great comedy filmmakers, he's diluted his resume with serviceable but still watery products like Bedazzled and...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2005

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price

When it comes to the shibboleths loathed by the left, from President Bush to Fox News, the one that seems to generate the most antipathy is the discount behemoth that is Wal-Mart. In his new...

Movie Review posted on 14th November 2005

Pickpocket

Pickpocket

The dilemma of the thief who's good at what he does and is thusly trapped in a dead-end career by a sense of professionalism is a crime fiction trope as old as the hills. It's...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Ugetsu

Ugetsu

Kenji Mizoguchi's mist-shrouded masterpiece Ugetsu is a morality tale that is ever mindful of the frail humanity of its characters. Set in Japan during the tumultuous sixteenth century - when the country was torn apart...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Asylum

Asylum

As cool and chiseled as star Natasha Richardson's face, Asylum (based on a novel by Patrick McGrath) is set for the most part at a high-security insane asylum in northern England in 1959. Richardson plays...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

"The best thriller ever made" is perhaps too much praise for the movie, while "best examination of the human condition" is too faint to be heard. Nevertheless, one can safely say that Henri-Georges Clouzot's The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Infernal Affairs

Infernal Affairs

A twisted pretzel of secrecy and betrayal that always seems on the verge of exploding into an inferno of gunfire, Infernal Affairs strives to be the end-all, be-all of undercover cop movies and comes so...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Night Watch

Night Watch

Once it receives its long due stateside release, the smash Russian fantasy epic Night Watch will inevitably be compared to The Matrix, most likely because of all the people running about a modern-day city (wearing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wonderland (2003)

Wonderland (2003)

It takes a bold filmmaker to splash the legend of John Holmes (aka porn star Johnny Wadd) up on the screen before his film has even started, giving the hard-to-believe basics of Holmes' legend (1,000...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ma Mère

Ma Mère

At some point, there won't be any taboos left to ostensibly shatter, and what will French imports do then? Ma Mère is the newest Gallic provocation to come to these shores, though unlike some others...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Forty Guns

Forty Guns

A Western that's thoroughly urban in its outlook, Sam Fuller's Forty Guns was made at the height of his most fertile filmmaking period in the 1950s - he released China Gate and Run of the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Decades before Roberto Benigni was romanticizing the Holocaust and Mel Brooks was supposedly courting Nazi controversy on Broadway, Ernst Lubitsch made To Be or Not to Be, a tart little comedy about the Nazi invasion...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

It's Easier for a Camel...

It's Easier for a Camel...

To paraphrase Bogart, the problems of a bunch of rich people don't add up to a hill of beans in this crazy world - this is why your average filmmaker, in order to get an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way

Spitting in the face of the idea that criminals are simply nurtured by their environments, legendary gangster Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino, doing a vague approximation of a Puerto Rican accent) stands before a judge in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Off to War

Off to War

There's so many stock scenes from the war in Iraq that one would think you'd become inured to them, but then you see them in a new light and that all changes. The brave but...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Second Best

Second Best

An embittered writer's movie about the coruscating damage of jealousy and the impossibility of finding nobility in failure, Second Best has a pretty good time with its characters, even with all the sad sacks on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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