Stardust (2007)

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Novel by Neil Gaiman*; screenplay by Jane Goldman Starring: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer MPAA rating: PG-13 for fantasy violence and risqué humor Run Time: 130  ...

Ten Canoes (2006)

Written, directed and produced by: Rolf De Heer Starring: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, David Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin and Peter Minygululu Not Rated, Run Time: 90 minutes, in Yolngu (an Australian Indigenous tribe) with English subtitles  ...

Interview: Ben Niles

Ben Niles I met with Ben Niles on May 31, 2008 in San Francisco. The following is a shortened transcript of the interview. ESM: Would you tell me a bit about your background? Niles: Well, I grew  ...

We Were Exodus

We Were Exodus is an exciting and inspiring full-length documentary about the travels and travails of the ship “Exodus 47”, which secretly left France in 1947 loaded with 4,500 Jewish refugees bound for the then British Mandate of Palestine. They  ...

Things We Lost in the Fire

Watching a widow grieve her loss and a user recover from his heroin addiction is not the usual Hollywood fare. But Things We Lost in the Fire explores these gut-wrenching struggles with candor and maturity and without a clichéd happy  ...

Up the Yangtze

Yung Chang, writer, director and occasional narrator of the fascinating and moving documentary, Up the Yangtze, is a first generation Canadian of Chinese descent. Like many children of immigrants, Yung Chang has spent extended periods in the “old country.” In  ...

The Valet

Francis Veber, the writer and director of The Valet is a master of French comedy. From the first film he wrote 35 years ago, Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chassure Noire (1972), remade in the U.S. as The Man With  ...

Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction, an enthralling crime drama, has a back-story almost as appealing as the movie itself. It’s the first effort of a remarkable group of students at the University of Chicago who, starting with grants from the University, and without  ...

The Counterfeiters

Starring: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach Written and Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky MPAA Rating: Rated R Run Time: 1 hour 38 minutes German with subtitles http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/ The Counterfeiters is the dramatic depiction  ...

Dan in Real Life

It's hard not to enjoy a heartwarming movie, such as Dan in Real Life, in which Dan, a cheerless widower with three children (Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson and Marlene Lawston) finds love and happiness. It's also hard not to  ...