American Psycho

American Psycho tips its hand very early on when the camera pans across a table that’s laden with posh dinnerware and exotic dishes. It doesn’t matter what the setting is, the meaning of this shot is always the same,  ...

Arlington Road

Arlington Road has a witty conceit buried beneath its layers of emotional sogginess and shock effects: the idea that domestic terrorists are otherwise normal citizens who, by quietly indoctrinating newcomers and their own young, may someday take control  ...

Battlefield Earth

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In a crucial moment near the climax of Battlefield Earth, a ragtag band of humans, having escaped their alien overlords, make their way to the Ft.  ...

BookWars

Most documentary films focus on facts more than style - the messages they deliver tend to be more stark and powerful than any directorial tricks that can be applied to them. BookWars is different. More tone poem than polemic,  ...

The Dish

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com It's not hyperbole to say that the entire world held its collective breath in support of a common cause on July 20, 1969. Those old enough to have  ...

George Washington

George Washington opens with two youngsters, barely into their teens, in conversation. Nasia (Candace Evanofski) is breaking up with Buddy (Curtis Cotton III), who is still crazy about her. "Did you think we were going to be together forever?"  ...

Holy Smoke

Jane Campion is an exasperating filmmaker. She makes compelling - if uneven - films in a style so affected that it takes real effort to wade through her pretensions. Her best-known film, The Piano, all but drowns in portentous  ...

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's 1895 play, An Ideal Husband, was made into a movie in 1947 with a stellar cast. (Alas, we haven't seen it.) Then, a Russian language version was made in 1980 which we wonder if anyone saw. Now  ...

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost is sort of an Elizabethan take on the difficulties of sublimation in the under thirty set. The young King of Navarre, along with three equally young lords, sign a pact to concentrate on their studies  ...