Pandaemonium

Julien Temple's Pandaemonium opens portentously, with a closeup of opium dripping into a glass, each drop falling with a booming thud. In a film that imagines the friendship of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth as a series of  ...

Songcatcher

Songcatcher has a wonderful premise: near the turn of the century, an ethnomusicologist visits her sister, a teacher running a school in rural Appalachia. A specialist in the folk balladry of England, she's shocked to hear these mountain people  ...

The Muse

Albert Brooks' first three films as director, co-writer and star - Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981) and Lost in America (1985) - are as striking and original as any American comedies since Preston Sturges' 1940's heyday. They've set  ...

Nurse Betty

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty is the first post-traumatic stress disorder comedy. It's also the film in which LaBute finally earns the accolades he won for his first two films.  ...

Pitch Black

Movies began as a sideshow novelty, where a nickel bought you the exquisite sensation of light dancing across a screen. The thrill was in sheer kinetics, the novelty of images in motion. Storytelling was an afterthought. As cinema  ...

Play It to the Bone

Ron Shelton is a brilliant, if uneven, filmmaker, yet his films are so modest, it's easy to overlook his originality. In his best work - Cobb, White Men Can't Jump, Bull Durham - he's completely retooled the sports film.  ...

The Price of Air

Josh Evans' The Price of Air is the sort of independent film that makes you crave Hollywood: it wears its very ineptitude as a badge of honor. It assumes that we'll be thrilled by its "transgressions," as though meandering  ...

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window - made in 1954 and just restored for re-release - is a miraculous film. It's a witty, sexy, supremely entertaining thriller. It's also the most provocative meditation on moviegoing ever made. On its  ...

The Watcher

The Watcher wants so badly to be Se7en it should have been called W8tcher. It's a knock-off of David Fincher's brutal serial killer noir, from its fragmented, arresting credits sequence to its dank, torpid atmosphere. But where Se7en had  ...