No Man’s Land

As the credits rolled at the close of No Man's Land, Danis Tanovic's scabrous satiric fable about the Bosnian war, the woman next to me leaned over and whispered, "Great movie. Now, which one of those guys was the  ...

Donnie Darko

Unsettling and audacious, Richard Kelly's debut feature Donnie Darko is, without question, this year's best apocalyptic time travel movie featuring a malevolent giant bunny. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie, a teenage schizophrenic with a history of arson. One night  ...

Life as a House

You won't miss the point of Life as a House, since the filmmakers have helpfully explained the metaphor in the title. It's a schematic movie, with each idea laid out neatly and unambiguously. The film opens with the camera  ...

My Voyage to Italy

As his own filmmaking curdles into empty virtuosity - Bringing Out the Dead, The Age of Innocence and Casino are all as dazzling as they are completely unnecessary - Martin Scorsese has positioned himself as the cinema's official goodwill  ...

Our Lady of the Assassins

Our Lady of the Assassins is Death in Venice with 9mm Berettas, the creeping decay of a fading city replaced with casual murder in the streets of Medellin, Colombia. It's an odd, bracing film, one of the best of  ...

Band of Outsiders

the novel on which the film is based "Everything that is new is automatically traditional," a character says in Jean-Luc Godard's 1964 masterpiece Band of Outsiders, and this paradoxical aesthetic manifesto describes the film  ...

Session 9

Danvers Mental Institution, an enormous, moldering Gothic edifice in rural Massachusetts, has an illustrious history. The lobotomy was perfected there, and its shadowy Ward A - the "snakepit" - was the site of even more disreputable experimental procedures. A  ...

Ghost World

While several hundred graduating seniors yell and throw their mortar boards into the air, two girls skulk out of school. They take a moment to give their classmates a middle finger, and one of them drops her cap to  ...

Legally Blonde

When Elle Woods, president of the "CULA" chapter of the Delta Nu sorority, decides to apply to Harvard Law School, her father - poolside with martini at their Bel Air mansion - tries to talk her out of it.  ...

Jump Tomorrow

With its lollipop colors and the breezy la-la-la's on the soundtrack, Jump Tomorrow is a charmingly kitschy trifle. Director Joel Hopkins has jerry-rigged a unique comic style from the oddball tics of several unlikely directors and genres. The choppy  ...