Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

There is a moment late in Attack of the Clones capable of awakening the dormant Star Wars geek in even the most fervent George Lucas critic. It wouldn't be fair to give it away; suffice it to say, it  ...

Woody Allen: A Life in Film

The notoriously press-shy Woody Allen has been coming out of his shell lately. First there was Barbara Kopple's 1998 documentary on Allen's tour of Europe with his Dixieland jazz band, Wild Man Blues. More recently, Allen made a surprise  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2002

The pre-festival buzz on South by Southwest 2002 was all about Journeys with George, journalist Alexandra Pelosi's home movie of the 2000 presidential campaign. Shot on a handheld camcorder over the course of several months, Journeys plunges into  ...

The Shipping News

What has happened to Kevin Spacey? Just a couple of years ago he was an actor at the peak of his craft, with a knack for choosing edgy projects. After turning in one electrifying performance after another in films  ...

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone

If ever there was a critic-proof movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is it. The "Harry Potter" books have sold an estimated fifty skadillion copies worldwide and the big screen version of the first volume in J.K. Rowling's  ...

Tape

The digital paint hasn't even dried on Richard Linklater's animated feature Waking Life, but as if to prove he's no slacker, the director already has a new film in theaters. Like Waking Life, Tape was shot on low-rent digital  ...

The Man Who Wasn’t There

The Coen brothers have been a roll lately. They picked up their first pair of Oscars for 1996's Fargo, which they followed up with the wild and winning comedy The Big Lebowski and last year's O Brother Where Art  ...

Waking Life

It's often been said that there's nothing more boring than listening to someone else describe their dreams. But what if they could show them to you? Movies would seem to be an ideal vessel for bringing dreams to life,  ...

Bandits

At the very least, a movie combining the talents of Barry Levinson, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett ought to be watchable. But Bandits, in which Willis and Thornton play a pair of bank robbers who both  ...