Spring Forward

Spring Forward is a small, independently made film, without special effects or gimmickry, that offers an intelligent script and first rate performances. Like You Can Count on Me, it is centered with solidly developed characterizations and the characters have  ...

The Thomas Crown Affair

He's got more money than he knows what to do with and he regularly seems to end up on the top of big business dealings, outsmarting the other side, even as they think they've accomplished the coup. Smart, rich,  ...

Two Family House

Two Family House starts out like a period sitcom - 1950s Staten Island blue-collar Italian-Americans gently, rather affectionately satirized. It takes its time buildingits characters and its story, which is told as family history in an unneeded voiceover by  ...

The Wedding Planner

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com What is there to say about a romantic comedy that would have us believe Jennifer Lopez can't get a date? What sort of movie would be foolish enough to  ...

Wonder Boys

Writers in movies don't use computers. They don't make copies of their work. They painstakingly peck out their literary creations on ream after ream of crisp white paper, using quaint, old-fashioned electric typewriters, then stack their finished pages neatly  ...

Curse of the Golden Flower

After spending 15 years making beautiful-looking tales of human misery that critics over-praised but made little money, director Zhang Yimou switched gears. He followed in the footsteps of Ang Lee, another filmmaker whose dramas would  ...

Unknown

I would like to say up front that I’m not sure I understood the movie I am about to review. Maybe it’s because this is a dick flick and as a chick, there are certain things I will never understand  ...

And Baby Makes Two

In Defense of Single-Parent Families (1997), Nancy E. Dowd Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood (1997), Jane Matttes On Our  ...

Bedazzled

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The latest entry from the remake factories is Bedazzled. Taken on its own, it's a lightweight but appealing romp that showcases Brendan Fraser's considerable comedic talents. But compared to  ...

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  ...