Mission Impossible: III

Credibility is seriously challenged throughout Mission: Impossible III, but it's the sort of film aimed at a mass market audience that willingly suspends disbelief in exchange for the thrills of multiple action sequences and the presence of charismatic (if  ...

Liza with a “Z”

"Liza With a 'Z'" is the title of a gently amusing autobiographical patter song written for the star by her frequent collaborators Fred Ebb and John Kander. It also serves as the title of a classic live concert staged  ...

Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking, debut feature for writer/director Jason Reitman, is based upon a 1994 satirical novel by Christopher Buckley. In a dozen years, the material hasn't dated a minute. The subject is "spin," the ever more sophisticated ways  ...

Don’t Tell (La bestia nel cuore)

The deeply flawed rules by which the Motion Picture Academy arrives at nominations in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category is highlighted again this year by inclusion of lackluster films such as Tsotsi and Don't Tell, while brilliant work  ...

The Surreal Calder

The 1998 blockbuster Calder retrospective drew nearly 300,000 visitors to Washington's National Gallery and drew huge crowds when it was installed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art later that year. With some 250 works on display, the  ...

Freedomland

Freedomland wants to be a suspense thriller as well as a commentary on race relations. It succeeds not at all in the former and only tangentially in the latter. What it does offer are two brilliant performances that flesh  ...

Unknown White Male

The Vintage Book of Amnesia : An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss On a summer night in 2003, riding on a New York subway train, Doug Bruce somehow lost his memory. Director Rupert Murray, an  ...

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Michael Winterbottom's new film, ever so lightly based on Laurence Sterne's late 18th century novel, is his best realized effort since 24 Hour Party People, which also starred Steve Coogan. Comedy, as often has been said, is far more  ...

A Good Woman

Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) was his first theatrical success and with good reason. The classic "well constructed play," it is solidly plotted, with a beginning, a middle and a nice twist leading to a thoroughly satisfying end--virtues  ...