Bad Education (La Mala Educacion)

In 2002 and 2003, yet another round of public consternation grew over the revelation that thousands of children had suffered at the hands of pedophilic priests. The Catholic clergy underwent more soul searching while enduring calamitous lawsuits over the  ...

The Incredibles

After anthropomorphizing toys, bugs, monsters, and fish, Pixar finally turns its attention to computer generated imagery’s most difficult task, animating people. Writer-director Brad Bird and company, however, are helped in this regard by forsaking realism and adapting the  ...

Sideways

When under-utilized actors suddenly shine as bright as any star in the firmament, is it the director, the script, or the actors themselves who are responsible? The answer is probably all three. Whatever the case, after already lengthy careers,  ...

The Day After Tomorrow

In The Day After Tomorrow, super nerds, and not just any super nerds, but super good-looking nerds tackle The Perfect Storm times ten plus Independence Day minus the aliens. It doesn’t take a nerd to figure out that equation  ...

Troy

If a studio is going to spend close to $200 million on a movie, they could do worse than adapting The Iliad, the epic granddaddy of western literature. Still, on the heels of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the  ...

Coffee and Cigarettes

American Indie veteran Jim Jarmusch’s first film since 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is this series of minimalist vignettes. Each one involves variations of two or three people imbibing caffeine while smoking around a table in  ...

Hellboy

Hollywood really does seem to be picking up on how to do the comic book superhero adaptation. First, Spider-Man, then X2: X-Men United, and now Hellboy surprises. For a good while, making a movie from a comic book was  ...

Control Room

Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network That Is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (2003), Mohammed El-Nawawy Al Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East (2002), Mohammed El-Nawawy  ...

Strong Shoulders (Des epaules Solides)

A life without an enduring passion would be pretty dreary. Fifteen-year old Sabine Rederer (Louis Szpindel) is more than passionate about running--she’s obsessed. Early on in writer-director Ursula Meier’s Swiss-French production, Strong Shoulders, Sabine cries out that if  ...

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2004

Hanging Offense (aka That Woman, aka Cette femme-la) covers nine days in the life of cop Michele Varin (Josiane Balasko, French Twist) leading up to February 29, the leap year date on which her 8-year old son died. The  ...