American Psycho

American Psycho tips its hand very early on when the camera pans across a table that’s laden with posh dinnerware and exotic dishes. It doesn’t matter what the setting is, the meaning of this shot is always the same,  ...

Arlington Road

Arlington Road has a witty conceit buried beneath its layers of emotional sogginess and shock effects: the idea that domestic terrorists are otherwise normal citizens who, by quietly indoctrinating newcomers and their own young, may someday take control  ...

Battlefield Earth

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In a crucial moment near the climax of Battlefield Earth, a ragtag band of humans, having escaped their alien overlords, make their way to the Ft.  ...

Billy Elliot

Suggested reading: A Director Calls (1997), Wendy Lesser (about director Stephen Daldry) Billy Elliot wraps a stock formula in a nicely observed script by Lee Hall that avoids the obvious cliches, then adds a charismatic  ...

Breakfast of Champions

What could be funnier than Nick Nolte in a dress? If you answered "Nothing," then run, don't walk, to the nearest theater showing Alan Rudolph's new film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. But be  ...

Chunhyang

Pansori is a Korean traditional form, songs performed before an audience in a chant/sing-song style that tell a tale--a narrative or epic story that can run for many hours. In his exquisitely wrought new film, Chunhyang, veteran Korean director  ...

The End of the Affair

Christmas is the time of year for high-profile movies about glossy, doomed relationships, and this year's entry is Neil Jordan's The End of the Affair. But Jordan, being the iconoclast that he is, provides a little more bite than  ...

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  ...

Following

You might want to take along a bridgetable and a pitcher of lemonade when you go see Following. It’s a film that offers more pleasure as a jigsaw puzzle than it does as a movie. Bill (Jeremy  ...

The King of Masks

The King of Masks is a tour de force, a rare movie where every character demands your full attention and you are happy to give it to them. It tells a simple story. The time is the 1930s, a  ...