Kikujiro

Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro tries on the buddy-movie formula and finds it wanting. A superbly photographed picture, it abandons traditional character development two-thirds of the way through, and turns into a free-form medley of sight gags that kid and prod  ...

Late August, Early September

It is Paris in the fall. A group of literary Parisians is gathered around an obscure author named Adrien Willer (Francois Cluzet). His personality, which once was mercurial and difficult, has undergone a transformation since his surgery for a  ...

Magnolia

Protect against West Nile Virus! FDA recommends products with DEET for best protection Off! Insect Repellent II, Aerosol, Unscented - 14.25% DEET Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film Boogie Nights was an electrifying movie full  ...

Mystery, Alaska

The good news about Mystery, Alaska is that you aren’t going to have to fight any crowds to see it. The bad news is that Carter Burwell’s triumphal score is played far too loudly to sleep through it. Mystery  ...

A Place Called Chiapas

. Nettie Wild's documentary about the Zapatista uprising in Southern Mexico was financed by practically every film presence in Canada except Dudley Do-Right. It won the 1999 Genie Award for Best Canadian Documentary, and reviews have been unanimous as  ...

Show Me Love

One of the biggest box office blockbusters in recent memory is Show Me Love, a modest comedy about two schoolgirls who defy conventional norms by falling in love with each other. Needless to say, it was not in America  ...

Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder, who co-wrote and directed Some Like It Hot, had an exceptionally long career in the film industry, starting in 1920s Germany and extending in Hollywood from the 1930s to the early 1980s. He acted and produced, but  ...

Three Kings

In the closing days and immediate aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, George Bush made a monumental humanitarian error by calling on the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Interpreting Bush’s insistent and repeated calls as a promise of  ...

Unbreakable

Even before the main titles, Unbreakable starts out offering data about the wide readership of comic books in the United States. And the antagonist character, Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), is a dealer in comic book art, so that  ...

The Visit

The Visit, no doubt reflecting the stage play on which it is based, is structured around a series of prison visits. The inmate is Alex Waters (Hill Harper), serving twenty-five years on a rape conviction--a crime he says he  ...