Matisse, Painter As Sculptor

Matisse, Painter As Sculptor San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 6/9-9/16, 2007 http://www.sfmoma.org/ Baltimore Museum of Art 10/28/07-2/3/08 http://www.bma.org . First Image-Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude I (Aurora),1907; bronze; 13 9/16 x 19 5/8 x 11 in.;  ...

Richard Serra Sculpture Review

As someone old enough to have been aware of Richard Serra's career for most of the forty years this show purports to survey, I'll admit that my respect for his work has fluctuated from time to time. At this moment  ...

Women Impressionists

San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Legion of Honor June 21–September 21, 2008 http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=794 San Francisco is the only venue for this exhibit. Even before I saw this remarkable exhibit, I decided that I would begin this review with a question:  ...

Heartland Review

Heartland, an original one-hour medical drama about an organ-transplant surgeon, his work and his family premieres on June 18th, 10 ET/PT on TNT. The surgeon, Dr. Nathaniel Grant (Treat Williams), is the pioneering, workaholic chief of the  ...

Meadowlands

Meadowlands is the quintessential paranoid fantasy of a suburb...a community that appears to be safe, bucolic and picturesque, but actually has a sinister, threatening inner core. As the series begins, Danny (David Morrissey) and Evelyn (Lucy Cohu)  ...

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  ...

Vantage Point

Vantage Point is a smart film with a complex plot and lots of action. That’s not a typical combination. The movie takes a mundane thriller plot—terrorists attempt to assassinate the president of the United States while he speaks in a  ...