Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is refreshingly, and wonderfully, old-fashioned. Russell Crowe fills the screen, but not too much, in director Peter Weir’s big, lush, historically detailed yarn based on novelist Patrick O’Brian’s well-respected series  ...

Pieces of April

Who doesn’t have a story about a wacky family holiday event? Not many people, and that’s why Pieces of April, a classically indie movie about a young woman who invites her suburban family to her Lower East Side apartment  ...

Dopamine

Add Dopamine to that list of quintessentially San Francisco movies. Director/writer Mark Decena’s modern meditation on love, which pairs a hip, emotionally distant programmer with an impulsive, artsy kindergarten teacher, is perfectly set in the Bay Area and displays  ...

The School of Rock

Baby Boomers’ dominance over American culture has reached new levels with The School of Rock. One can just imagine the producers in the board room salivating over their brilliant, novel idea whose time finally has arrived: a family movie  ...

Lost in Translation

Picture Bill Murray singing a devastatingly moving karaoke version of Roxy Music’s "More Than This." It’s one of the many evocative scenes that make up Lost in Translation, a film of sweet, surprising moments by director, writer and co-producer  ...

Thirteen

Thirteen is a lot like its protagonists: difficult, way out of control, yet ultimately sympathetic. It opens with two 13-year-old girls, Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Evie (Nikki Reed), getting high on inhalants, laughing as they literally beat each  ...

Camp

Count Camp as the rarity it is: a modern movie that’s funny and sweet. Musical theater fanatics will revel in its delicious details; the rest of us will simply enjoy some snappy, self-aware kids who have the lungs of  ...

Buffalo Soldiers

The military in peacetime is boring, muses Ray Elwood, the irrepressible main character in Buffalo Soldiers, a funny, sometimes biting satire set on an American army base in West Germany in 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin  ...

Kedma

In Kedma, prolific Israeli director Amos Gitai attempts to shed some light on the unending Middle East conflict by focusing on the early days of a newly formed Israel. In a fictionalized account based on real stories, he follows  ...

Samy y Yo

A voluptuous twentysomething somehow transforms a neurotic screenwriter into a national TV star in Samy y Yo, a colorful comedy from Argentina by Eduardo Milewicz. Milewicz, who directed and shares screenwriting credit with Carmen Lopez-Areal, manages to spin this  ...