Anywhere But Here

A lot of talented people get torpedoed by a dreary, sudsy script in Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here. Adele August (Susan Sarandon) packs up her unwilling daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), and flees from small town Wisconsin to Beverly Hills,  ...

Big Momma’s House

1999 was an unusually good year for movies; 2000 has been nowhere near as productive. The Sargasso Sea that so far is film in the new millennium unfortunately continues, with the release of Big Momma's House. This is a  ...

Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an  ...

Das Boot

The use of U-boats in the North Atlantic was an infamous campaign of early World War II by Hitler and Goering. Their mission was to attack convoys of British ships in an attempt to starve out Britain. The glory  ...

Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 film Ulysses' Gaze clocked in at three hours, sent some viewers scrambling hastily for the exits, and left others hunting for superlatives like "masterful," "powerful," and "brilliant." It is certainly not a film for the Star  ...

The Gift

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. Several arcs cross in The Gift. Cate Blanchett is in ascendance, as the film adds another great performance to her relatively short but  ...

High Fidelity

Noting that pop music is a lot about heartbreak, misery, and loss, Rob (John Cusack) addresses the movie audience directly and muses, "Do I like pop music because I'm miserable or am I miserable because I listen to pop  ...

Journey from the Fall

The fall in Journey from the Fall refers to the fall of Saigon in 1975, a tumultuous time when American forces withdrew in defeat and American allies among the Vietnamese were left to cope with the conquering North Vietnamese  ...

The Love Letter

Sleeveless, scoop neckline shell in satin fabric with back invisible zipper - rust, gold or olive The title is probably a mistake. It immediately puts you on guard: Watch out for the soap!  ...

The Mother and the Whore

The best film released in 1998 was made in 1973. Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore is a bracing, difficult work, unflinching in its ambivalent depiction of the emotional maelstroms of sex. A critical and commercial success upon  ...