Japanese Story

There are three principal characters in Sue Brooks' film, Japanese Story: Sandy Edwards (Toni Collette), an Australian geologist; Tachibana Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima), a Japanese businessman; and the astounding and austerely grand landscape of the Pilbara in Western Australia, an  ...

Loser

Even in the midst of the teen movie overload that has threatened to turn the local multiplex into high school with popcorn, there was reason to hold out hope for Loser. After all, writer/director Amy Heckerling has successfully mined  ...

Morvern Callar

Lynne Ramsay's first feature film, Ratcatcher, was a stunning debut, a film with style and substance that portrayed growing up in miserable poverty in Glasgow with both power and originality. Her new film, Morvern Callar, based on a novel  ...

Oscar Come Lately – John Pavlus

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences So, Gladiator--Best Picture of 2000, et cetera et cetera? By now, even the most blinkered of armchair cineastes must be convinced: when it comes to quality, the Academy don't know jack.  ...

Return to Me

Here's a movie with heart. Literally. Return to Me features what may be the ickiest romantic comedy premise since Harold and Maude - one that takes the sap-drenched Titanic ballad "My Heart Will Go On" at face value. Director  ...

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  ...

Stir of Echoes

Children who communicate with the dead are turning up with increasing frequency at the multiplex these days. The surprise late summer hit The Sixth Sense continues to haunt theaters, and young star Haley Joel Osment's extraordinary performance as the  ...

Titan A.E.

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com An audience must be engaged in a willing suspension of disbelief for a film to work. We really have to believe that the Millennium Falcon  ...

The Yards

The Yards are the train yards of the New York City Transit authority where subway cars are maintained and repaired, often by private contractors who competitively bid for the work. It's a system ripe with possibilities for graft and  ...