Manhattan

Woody Allen built his reputation on breezy, unstructured comedies that served as little more than excuses to place his trademarked hyper-neurotic nebbish in a series of incongruous environments ranging from 19th century Russia (Love and Death) to a dystopian  ...

My Family

From Monty Python to The Office, British television has long held a reputation as a purveyor of high-quality comedy. It is strange to note, then, that the Brits have seldom succeeded in pulling off that most basic staple of  ...

The Office

From Survivor to Big Brother to American Idol, Britain is the undisputed master of what has come to be known as "reality TV." All three of those shows started out British (the third originally going by the name Pop  ...

Rebus: Black and Blue

Over the past fifteen years, Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin has built a sizeable body of work, and a strong literary reputation, chronicling the work of Detective Inspector John Rebus. An Edinburgh police officer, Rebus is also a lonely,  ...

Big Fish

Humorless and shambling, Planet of the Apes was one of the more disappointing films of recent years. This is not to say that it was bad (although, come to think of it, it was that too), but rather that  ...

The Triplets of Belleville

There is very little cuteness on display in The Triplets of Belleville. There are no celebrity voices, no tearjerking musical numbers, no wiseacre sidekicks or scenery-chewing villains. In short, it bears little resemblance to the majority of animated films  ...

CQ

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Sofia Coppola’s 2000 film The Virgin Suicides was a deeply sensuous, languid, and dreamlike work, which constantly teetered on the brink of taking itself too seriously, and yet was  ...

The Lady Eve

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The screwball comedy genre is a strange one: it straddles the lowbrow/highbrow divide with one foot planted firmly in each camp. It asks the audience to keep up with  ...

Training Day

A sleeping man’s eyes struggle open and he stares at his alarm clock’s luminous digits: it is 4:59 A.M. A second later, it flickers to 5:00, the alarm buzzer jolts him to full consciousness, and his fist instantly silences  ...

Brotherhood of the Wolf   (Le Pacte des Loups)

The competition isn’t exactly stiff, but Brotherhood of the Wolf, a flamboyant 2� hours of pre-Revolution bloodletting, is hands-down the best martial arts film in the history of French cinema. By rights, it shouldn’t work: the genre-bending idea of  ...