Novocaine

David Atkins’ Novocaine would have made a dazzling debut 10 or 15 years ago. It’s still a good film—intelligently cast, with a visual design that sticks in your head and a comically mordant tone that’s all its own. But  ...

Joy Ride

CB radios and a lot of other moldy devices make a comeback in John Dahl’s Joy Ride. This thriller, about a trio of young adults who are terrorized by an anonymous trucker while driving cross-country, is a briskly directed  ...

The Endurance

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (1998), Caroline Alexander, Frank Hurley (Photographer) Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (1999), Alfred Lansing South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage (1998), Ernest Henry Shackleton Ernest Shackleton had a penchant  ...

Rock Star

Rock Star is about a dreamer who’s punished by having his dreams come true. It’s a repressive idea that only a puritan could take to heart, but the movie mostly uses it to give direction to its grab-bag of  ...

Planet of the Apes

It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to remake Franklin J. Schaffner’s fringe classic Planet of the Apes, and seeing Tim Burton’s half-baked version doesn’t clear the question up. Schaffner’s movie has held a surprisingly durable grip on  ...

The Score

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Ideally a film starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando would be something of a cultural event, and movie buffs would be champing at the bit to see what  ...

The Closet (Le Placard)

Francois Pignon (Daniel Auteuil), the hero of Francis Veber’s The Closet, is too anonymous to be an Everyman—he’s a Nobodyman. He’s been grinding his life away as an accountant at the same rubber-goods factory for 20 years. He lives  ...

The Sorrow and the Pity

Germany’s occupation of France during World War II is really two stories folded into one. The first concerns the chain of political and military prejudices that caused France, with its long, proud traditions, to collapse within a month of  ...

Seven Samurai

In 1954 enough famous and influential titles came out to make one wonder if the planets had wandered into some celestial alignment that delivered cosmological inspiration to moviemakers everywhere. That twelve-month span saw the release of such enduring pop  ...

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is a lumbering brontosaurus of a movie, one that expends ungodly amounts of energy just to perform the simplest of tasks. “It’s all about feeling and speed,” says one of the aviator heroes in describing his love  ...