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  ...

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  ...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

    Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt Story by: George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson; screenplay by David Koepp MPAA rating: PG-13 Run Time: 123 minutes http://www.indianajones.com/  ...

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  ...

My Fuehrer

Dani Levy undertakes a challenging task with My Fuehrer to make an historical comedy out of a Jew's interactions with Hitler during late 1944. But some challenges are better left unaccepted, and unfortunately My Fuehrer is one  ...

Note by Note

The full-length documentary, Note by Note, is a fascinating account of the yearlong process of building one Steinway grand piano, Number L1037, starting with lumber and ending with a unique, complex concert grand. Since the late 1800s, in an ordinary  ...

Quantum of Solace

Regardless of what you may have heard, I did not travel from San Francisco to London to see Quantum of Solace before it opened in the US. But I did see the film on my first night in London, at  ...

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

Dori Berinstein, a three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, makes her debut as a feature film director in the full-length documentary, ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.And her bias is clear: ShowBusiness is a homage to the Herculean labors of  ...

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  ...

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  ...