X-Men

Adapting a film from a comic book presents filmmakers with a dilemma. Unless the comic's characters are familiar, like Superman or Batman, non-enthusiasts need background to understand the story and get involved. But taking time to bring neophytes up  ...

A Girl Cut in Two: culturevulture.net -film review

Directed by Claude Chabrol Written by Claude Chabrol and Cecile Maistre Starring: Ludivine Sagnier, Francois Berleand, Benoit Magimel, Mathilda May, Caroline Sihol, Marie Bunel, Valeria Cavalli, Thomas Chabrol Run Time: 115 minutes Rating: Not Rated http://www.ifcfilms.com/ In terms of sheer  ...

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

As if from a comic parallel universe, it is not Josef K who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a cockroach, but Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), an IRS agent obsessed with numbers, who wakes up one morning  ...

The Acid House

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com other reading: Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House (1998), Matthew Collin Bleak, bleak, a laugh, then more  ...

Badsville

Gladyss Patches are doing one of two things with this album. They are either a) mixing a blend of on-the-pulse teenage angst rock with a smattering of out-there metal raps and guitars, or b) a band who are unsure  ...

Blood Simple

The reissue of Joel Coen’s and Ethan Coen’s 1984 Blood Simple contains a brief tongue-in-cheek prologue in which a tweedy Clifton Fadiman clone puts aside a leather-bound tome long enough to extol the merits of "this exquisite masterpiece." (It’s  ...

The Dinner Game

Farce is a classic comedy form employing extreme exaggeration, improbable incidents, and, often, a very rapid pace with slapstick physical elements, so that the viewer doesn't get a chance to think too much between laughs. Believability of incident is  ...

The Family Man

If holiday movies were presents under the Christmas tree, The Family Man would be your Aunt Ethel's fruitcake: sickly sweet and hard to swallow. A would-be Yuletide heartwarmer in the "What if?" tradition of A Christmas Carol and It's  ...

Gladiator

the official illustrated companion book Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a bipolar movie, a spectacle that's against spectacles. It's a sporadically absorbing film with a handful of classy performances, but it has a schoolmarm's chiding temperament;  ...