Down to Earth

Some of Chris Rock's best standup comedy - which is to say, some of the best stand-up comedy, period - stems from his awareness that being a black man gives him license to make outrageous observations that would be  ...

Entrapment

Entrapment, an end-of-the-millenium thriller starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, promises to be a different kind of action movie - one that is character driven instead of plot driven. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t  ...

Guinevere

Guinevere is Audrey Wells' debut in the director's chair. An established screenwriter (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Inspector Gadget), Wells can be wildly imaginative and original; she also has a knack for snappy dialogue. Some of this skill  ...

Jaws

If mechanical shark effects and John Williams' relentless theme music were all it had going for it, Jaws still might have become the highest grossing movie in history at the time of its release. And it likely would still  ...

The Man Who Knew Too Much

a cd that includes music from the film The 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much has a unique place in the Alfred Hitchcock filmography. It's his only remake, produced 22  ...

On the Ropes

Suggested reading: Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As a Martial Art (1997), Ned Beaumont Champions' Boxing Guide (1997), Edward Whitman Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth (1994), Milbrey W. McLaughlin  ...

Simpatico

Most of Sam Shepard’s major themes are present in Simpatico, the new Matthew Warchus film that Warchus and David Nicholls adapted from Shepard’s play. Buried enmities, porous identities, falls from grace, talk of bloodlines, and troubled male bonds are  ...

Stolen Kisses

Francois Truffaut’s charming 1968 romantic comedy, Stolen Kisses, opened in France four months after the paralyzing May strikes by students and workers that nearly succeeded in toppling the government of President Charles de Gaulle. The film was so thoroughly  ...

Burn After Reading

When talking about a movie, usually we refer to the characters by their names in the film, although sometimes we refer to the characters by the actors who played the roles. In the case of Burn After Reading,  ...