The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy continues the parade of major summer blockbusters, so there are inevitably some furrowed brows and vapid introspection in between stunning fight sequences set in exotic international locales. All in the game, as Hollywood might say, and  ...

Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it like Beckham, like Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, introduces a world audience to Indian perspectives on dating, marriage and societal duties. Both Nair and Chadha play on Indian stereotypes of arranged marriages, muddled parents, and loud  ...

The Life of David Gale

Andre Bazin, one of the pioneers of modern film criticism, once warned against judging films based on the merit of their intentions, the nobility of their ambition, or the stupidity of their detractors. The Life of David Gale, a  ...

Frontline: China in the Red

The Return of the God of Wealth: The Transition to a Market Economy in Urban China (1996), Charlotte Ikels The last decade amounts to no more than a blip on the Chinese time line—the longest surviving civilization  ...

Frontline: The Caseworker Files

An Introduction to Child Maltreatment in the United States: History, Public Policy and Research (3rd Edition) (2002), Clifford K. Dorne Frontline’s Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files looks at the child welfare system, a subject that sporadically  ...

8 Mile

Even Austin Powers had a full-blown Puff Daddy rap sequence in it; 8 Mile, touted as the mother of all rap movies, has none. To be sure, there is rap—8 Mile opens with Eminem mouthing rap lyrics in a  ...

Young Dr. Freud

Young Dr. Freud, a documentary by David Grubin (Napoleon, Abraham And Mary Lincoln: A House Divided) about the formative years of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical career, is a gallant effort at holding the viewer’s attention span over a two hour  ...

The Emperor’s Club

the book on which the film is based There must be an amphibian quality in the emotional texture of a book that adapts to the big screen in a seamless transition. Whether  ...

Hysterical Blindness

Individually Hand Dyed Mesh Silk Kimono Top in Orange and Black Hysterical Blindness, an emotional powerhouse of a movie from Mira Nair, ends up somewhat unpleasantly potent and forceful, akin to the  ...