Break a Leg

When the first thing heard on a movie soundtrack is the sound of a toilet flushing, it forebodes either another of those tired, bathroom-humor comedies or an unimaginative director desperately trying to grab attention and energize a lackluster product.  ...

The Emperor’s New Groove

The Disney shop often delivers cookie-cutter animated features, repeated variations on tried-and-true formulas. On occasion, (Fantasia 2000), they bore the kids, even as they slight the intelligence of the audience of all ages. But from time to time the  ...

Girl, Interrupted

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Suggested reading: Stop Walking on Eggshells-Coping When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder (1998), Paul T. Mason, et. al. The Angry  ...

The House of Mirth

Gillian Anderson in The House of Mirth Buy the photo at MovieGoods.com Novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and, in her writings, etched that spoon with her acid-sharp observations of  ...

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

For many cinema buffs the phrase “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is more than an in-joke—it’s a password, a touchstone. Derived from Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels, it’s the name of the “serious” motion picture that director John Sullivan wants  ...

Return to Me

Here's a movie with heart. Literally. Return to Me features what may be the ickiest romantic comedy premise since Harold and Maude - one that takes the sap-drenched Titanic ballad "My Heart Will Go On" at face value. Director  ...

Seventh Heaven

Suggested reading: The Western Guide to Feng Shui - Creating Balance, Harmony,and Prosperity in Your Environment (1996), Terah Kathryn Collins Feng Shui: The Book of Cures-150 Simple Solutions for Health andHappiness in Your Home  ...

Southpaw

Southpaw is a sane and modest movie. In this no-nonsense documentary about a young Irish boxer, director Liam McGrath seems to have taken the simplicity of his subject to heart, and given us an engaging and resolutely unassuming picture.  ...

Tea with Mussolini

Franco Zeffirelli has been around a long time, involved in film making for fifty years, directing opera, sometimes combining the two. When he does Shakespeare, he is a "popularizer," as Roger Ebert put it. Zeffirelli's film versions of Hamlet  ...