Yi Yi

The critic William Pechter once wrote this about Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner: Nothing much happens, except that some people, the place they inhabit, and the quality of their lives are brought vividly before us. Which is to say  ...

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Harsh Times (2005) Written and directed by David Ayer (Training Day) Jim Davis (Christian Bale) is a perfect candidate to work for the Department of Homeland Securities. He served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan,  ...

28 Days

Elegant Handcrafted and Individually Dyed Mesh Silk Poncho Like its protagonist Gwen Cummings, 28 Days is a movie that can't wait to get started and then doesn't know how to stop. It begins with a  ...

Anywhere But Here

A lot of talented people get torpedoed by a dreary, sudsy script in Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here. Adele August (Susan Sarandon) packs up her unwilling daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), and flees from small town Wisconsin to Beverly Hills,  ...

Big Momma’s House

1999 was an unusually good year for movies; 2000 has been nowhere near as productive. The Sargasso Sea that so far is film in the new millennium unfortunately continues, with the release of Big Momma's House. This is a  ...

Cecil B. Demented

Whether you call it guerrilla filmmaking, outlaw cinema or the underground movie scene, there is no doubt that John Waters is one of the heroes of the pioneering movement that led to the current independent film boom. Displaying an  ...

Das Boot

The use of U-boats in the North Atlantic was an infamous campaign of early World War II by Hitler and Goering. Their mission was to attack convoys of British ships in an attempt to starve out Britain. The glory  ...

Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 film Ulysses' Gaze clocked in at three hours, sent some viewers scrambling hastily for the exits, and left others hunting for superlatives like "masterful," "powerful," and "brilliant." It is certainly not a film for the Star  ...

The Gift

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. Several arcs cross in The Gift. Cate Blanchett is in ascendance, as the film adds another great performance to her relatively short but  ...