American Beauty

The anomie of suburban life has been done to death in American cinema, but American Beauty is a bitterly funny and beautifully crafted film, even if it does cover a lot of familiar ground. It’s a movie that keeps replaying  ...

A Decade Under the Influence

Around 1967 the American film industry "bent," to use Paul Schrader’s word, giving birth to a revolution in Hollywood movies that would last the better part of a decade. A Decade Under the Influence, a documentary about "the New  ...

Hart’s War

Over the years the POW film has proved to be a surprisingly fertile genre, one that might stand alone in having provided more good movies than bad ones. It's given us such blissfully satisfying fare as The Great Escape, blistering  ...

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl flies by so quickly that you barely break a sweat during it. Jez Butterworth’s comedy-thriller is little more than a melange of quirky moods, but it’s a zippy little ride while it lasts, one that never falls  ...

Final

How much you like Final might well depend on your feelings for Denis Leary. Less an actor than a marketable personality-type, Leary radiates a self-absorbed tetchiness that’s couched as wild-and-crazy rebelliousness. He often seems on the verge of breaking  ...

Impostor

Before you pay good money to sit through Gary Fleder’s Impostor, try to picture what Blade Runner would’ve looked like as a low-budget series on a UHF channel. That’s what Impostor is like. This new sci-fi flick puts that  ...

Monster’s Ball

Anyone who’s thinking about going to see Monster’s Ball might consider taking a psychic along, because only a mind-reader will be able to divine what’s going on inside the head of its main character. Marc Forster’s story about a  ...

Ocean’s Eleven

For a couple of weeks in early 1960, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the rest of the Rat Pack moonlighted in Las Vegas, working the stage of the Sands Hotel at night and by day shooting a little caper  ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

Kubrick called his light 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the comparison to an omnipotent creator would be presumptuous if it weren’t so apt. 2001 is a work whose pieces are so meticulously fitted together that it feels less like  ...