A Rumor of Angels

The image of independent film making as a staunch refuge of the creative and articulate takes a severe and sappy beating in A Rumor of Angels, where sentiment and the supernatural take precedent over logic, continuity, and common sense.  ...

A Walk to Remember

Ever since Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet it's been somewhat of a maxim that mismatched couples are eventually doomed, romantically if not otherwise. That the basic formula is still around several hundred years later is proof of its resonance with  ...

The Count of Monte Cristo

While the current glut of sequels and remakes may seem to be a relatively recent phenomenon, the film industry has been repeating itself almost since its beginning. The Count of Monte Cristo has existed on celluloid since 1912, the  ...

Black Hawk Down

Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman coined the phrase: "War is Hell." With Black Hawk Down, director Ridley Scott updates that maxim in a modern-day context. Powerful and very often horrific, it's a graphic tribute to the heroism and  ...

Orange County

Jake Kasdan made his directorial debut an auspicious one (at age 23) in 1998 with Zero Effect, a private-eye film that proved to be more than the average detective yarn. The son of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat, The  ...

Ali

Muhammad Ali is arguably the most electrifying and world-renowned athlete in history. His life has been a Sisyphean roller-coaster, from his gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and a subsequent multi-title-winning pro career to his three-year suspension for evading  ...

The Majestic

A complaint often heard at the theater is: "They sure don’t make movies like they used to." The Majestic refutes that lament, for it's exactly the kind of movie that Frank Capra would make today. That Mr. Capra  ...

Vanilla Sky

In a perfect future world, all movie remakes will be outlawed. Since such a statute is unfortunately not yet on the books, audiences must still endure self-indulgent messes like Vanilla Sky. This is a film that achieves what some  ...

Amelie

Few experiences compare with the sense of anticipation that hums through a movie theater when the lights fade and a film begins. In recent years few features have warranted such a buzz of expectation. Amelie (Le Fabuleux destin d'Amelie  ...

The Business of Strangers

Neil LaBute's 1997 film, In the Company of Men, is a brutal look at two misogynists who date and then dump a female coworker in retribution for all the women who'd previously done them wrong. At first glance, The  ...