Memento

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A Map of the World

Easy-to-use 16oz teapot and four gourmet tea samples See a brief video demonstration A Map of the World is a primer in lousy moviemaking, and the result of what happens when a pedestrian director shoots a tone-deaf  ...

One Night at McCool’s

One Night at McCool’s has a promising opening. Matt Dillon is a jilted, luckless bartender named Randy. When we first see him he’s entering a bingo parlor to hire a hit-man named Mr. Burmeister. Burmeister turns out to be  ...

Orphans

Orphans, the new film from writer-director Peter Mullan, begins with a long take of four siblings gathered around their mother’s coffin on the night before her funeral. Awash in grief, and self-conscious of their behavior in front of each  ...

Show Me Love

One of the biggest box office blockbusters in recent memory is Show Me Love, a modest comedy about two schoolgirls who defy conventional norms by falling in love with each other. Needless to say, it was not in America  ...

Mansfield Park

Suggested reading: Mansfield Park: authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism (1998), Jane Austen The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well Mannered Introduction to a Lady of Sense & Sensibility (1999), Natalie C. Tyler The author's Inheritance: Henry Fielding,  ...

Mifune

In Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Toshiro Mifune played Kikuchiyo, the son of a peasant farmer who lays claim to the noble status of a samurai warrior. In Mifune, the new film from Danish director S�ren Kragh-Jacobsen, Anders W. Berthelsen  ...

The Minus Man

The Minus Man, writer-director Hampton Fancher’s low-budget allegory about the double-edged nature of innocence, is so in love with its enigmatic air that there’s no there there. The story – which revolves around what happens when Vann  ...

My Son the Fanatic

My Son the Fanatic is a story about a stable family man whose life comes unraveled all at once. It doesn’t matter that these things rarely happen in reality because it’s so tantalizing to wonder what it would  ...

Mission to Mars

Suggested reading: Blue Mars (sci fi novel) (1997), Kim Stanley Robinson The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1997), Robert Zubrin Islands in the Sky: Bold New Ideas  ...