Trippin’

.. In the production notes for Trippin', screenwriter Gary Hardwick says: "It's sort of semi-autobiographical about my last couple of years in high school." He also says: "It took me a week to write a first draft and another week  ...

A Walk on the Moon

. A Walk on the Moon was very popular with the audience at the Sundance Festival in January and that is fully understandable. Tony Goldwyn's first film is a warmhearted treat, full of small pleasures and nicely observed detail  ...

Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem  ...

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Starring: Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Sienna Guillory Directed by: Stefan Fangmeier Produced by: John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Gil Netter MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy violence, intense battle sequences  ...

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Inland Empire David Lynch is one of those directors whose films are instantly recognizable as his, and whose style has had such an effect on pop culture that it's garnered its own adjective, Lynchian. Inland Empire  ...

The Queen

Despite an extraordinary and nuanced performance by Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, this film could have been titled “Diana” or at least “Diana vs. the Queen.” Set in the week of Princess Diana’s sudden death in 1997, this docudrama  ...

The Circle

As the main titles run on a plain black screen, the soundtrack of The Circle blares the anguished screams of a woman in labor. It's the only voiced scream that is heard in this moving and bitterly bleak film  ...

Desert Blue

You can try to find Baxter, California, in your road atlas, but you’ll come up short if you do. Baxter is the fictional setting of some oddly moving events in Desert Blue, the new film from writer-director Morgan  ...

Double Jeopardy

It wouldn't be fair to say that the trailers and TV ads for the staggeringly preposterous new thriller Double Jeopardy give away every surprise in the film. After all, that would imply that there actually are some surprises to  ...

Dry Cleaning

Anne Fontaine's new film, Dry Cleaning stimulates ongoing thinking and plants a solid emotional whammy that cannot be ignored. The premise is reasonably easy to describe. A late thirties-ish, attractive young couple are living a dull, provincial life in  ...