Code 46

In a not-so-distant future time, cloning and genetic manipulation of human beings has become so common that a law, Code 46, is enforced to prevent inbreeding by people who are deemed to be genetically identical. Couples must be screened  ...

Dry Cleaning

Anne Fontaine's new film, Dry Cleaning stimulates ongoing thinking and plants a solid emotional whammy that cannot be ignored. The premise is reasonably easy to describe. A late thirties-ish, attractive young couple are living a dull, provincial life in  ...

Flawless

What do you get when you cross a stroke-ridden security guard with a flamboyant drag queen? The punchline is Flawless, one of the low points of the holiday movie season so far. Appropriately for a Thanksgiving release, writer-director Joel  ...

Groove

Watching Groove is like being at a party where you don't know anyone, don't really meet anyone interesting, and don't have access to any good drugs (unless you happen to be watching the movie while on drugs, a policy  ...

Ikiru

Suggested reading: Eros in Hell; Sex Blood & Madness in Japanese Cinema (1998), Jack Hunter The Japanese Film: Art and Industry (1983), Joseph L. Anderson Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the  ...

Me, Myself, & Irene

Bobby and Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Kingpin) are responsible for some of the most appallingly tasteless - and hilarious - sight gags ever committed to celluloid. There's no body function too private, no excretion too taboo for  ...

Not One Less

Suggested reading: China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (2000), Jerome Silbergeld New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics (1996),Nick Browne (Editor) Critics often say that movies are "full of life" to indicate  ...

Ran

Akira Kurosawa was a prolific director, creating 31 films over a half century. Whether working on an intimate scale (Ikiru, 1952) or in epic mode (The Seven Samurai, 1954), he was profound in his observations, skilled at storytelling, and  ...

Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline.  ...