8 1/2 Women

Peter Greenaway’s 8 1/2 Women begins on a grief note: the immeasurably rich Philip Emmenthal (John Standing) beckons his son Storey (Matthew Delamere) home when Storey’s mother dies. The older man is inconsolable, and father and son spend their  ...

Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day At Black Rock, a film which proves that the glaring sun on a baked-dry desert town can provide all the meanness of any urban jungle. This fascinating, bitter drama etches a portrait of American racism and misanthropy in  ...

Black and White

Whatever else you want to say about him, James Toback knows how to get your attention. The writer/director's new film opens with an interracial menage a trois performed in broad daylight in Central Park and observed by a passing  ...

Charlie’s Angels

With autumn comes crisper temperatures, colorful foliage, and the return of serious, adult fare to the megaplex. This is the time of year when the studios put away their loud, overpriced summer toys and roll out the Oscar contenders  ...

Diary of a Chambermaid

The films of Luis Bunuel (1900-1983) are challenging, characterized by frequent excursions into the surreal, and by ambiguities and abstractions that demand active thinking on the part of the viewer. His Diary of a Chambermaid, a darkly droll work,has  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a  ...

The General

The General is John Boorman's gritty, factual biopic based on the life of Martin Cahill, a Dublin gangster who emerged with major notoriety in the 1980s as the mastermind of a series of audacious robberies. It is an  ...

Hollow Man

If and when we daydream about being miraculously endowed with super-powers, how many of us fantasize about using our new abilities to help our fellow man? The typical Marvel comics superhero receives his power through some terrible accident (usually  ...

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

... There is much to admire in Lovers of the Arctic Circle. Its writer/director, Julio Medem has a fresh and original viewpoint and virtually floods the screen with ideas. His film looks not quite like anyone else's, although, please,  ...