High Fidelity

Noting that pop music is a lot about heartbreak, misery, and loss, Rob (John Cusack) addresses the movie audience directly and muses, "Do I like pop music because I'm miserable or am I miserable because I listen to pop  ...

The Inheritors

The Inheritors is the second film by writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky, the first to find distributorship in the United States. It is a work that would be a credit to a far more experienced film maker, powered by a  ...

Journey from the Fall

The fall in Journey from the Fall refers to the fall of Saigon in 1975, a tumultuous time when American forces withdrew in defeat and American allies among the Vietnamese were left to cope with the conquering North Vietnamese  ...

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Twenty years ago, Robert Redford's directorial career began at a zenith when his first effort, Ordinary People, won Oscars for best picture, director, supporting actor and adapted screenplay. His subsequent films have been a varied lot but usually have  ...

The Loss Of Sexual Innocence

There really isn’t much of a plot to The Loss of Sexual Innocence, the new film by writer-director Mike Figgis. An English filmmaker named Nic (Julian Sands) is trapped in a dead marriage. He goes to Africa to make  ...

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes doesn't have enough substance or depth to make it in the art houses, and, unfortunately, that is exactly where it will play in the United States, since mainstream audiences, for the most part, steer clear of  ...

Red Planet

Science fiction fans who haven't quite recovered from Battlefield: Earth may want to think twice before taking a trip to Red Planet.. While not quite the debacle of that already notorious dud, this latest voyage into space doesn't exactly  ...

Rock the Boat

Suggested reading: The Amfar AIDS Handbook: The Complete Guide to Understanding HIV and AIDS (1998), Darrell E. Ward Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women With HIV (1997), Robert Klitzman Experiencing HIV: Personal, Family, and Work  ...

Saving Private Ryan

.. Steven Spielberg can be aggravating. In Schindler’s List, a fine and well wrought film, he nearly blew it by tacking on a superfluous ending. In Saving Private Ryan the same flaw is evident - the lack of editing discipline.  ...

Shadow Hours

Ad campaigns commonly focus on the violence or the sex or the horror in a movie because that's what sells tickets - regardless of whether or not the advertised aspect is what is important or central to the product.  ...