The Watcher

The Watcher wants so badly to be Se7en it should have been called W8tcher. It's a knock-off of David Fincher's brutal serial killer noir, from its fragmented, arresting credits sequence to its dank, torpid atmosphere. But where Se7en had  ...

Apocalypto

Directed by Mel Gibson Starring: Dalia Hernandez, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood Directed by: Mel Gibson Produced by: Ned Dowd, Vicki Christianson, Mel Gibson Rated R for sequences  ...

The Beast of the City

Mention the name W.R. Burnett to fans of early pulp fiction, and nine out of ten bibliophiles will exhibit a quizzical look. Mention the hard-boiled author's name to devotees of early gangster films, however, and you'll witness Pavlovian drooling  ...

The Big Kahuna

The Big Kahuna covers about twelve hours in the lives of three employees of a Chicago industrial lubricant company. Two of them, Larry (Kevin Spacey) and Phil (Danny DeVito), are sales reps who have been with the company for  ...

Boys and Girls

Anyone who's ever had to manage a group of employees knows that while lazy, inept people may be damaging to your company's health, it's the energetic incompetents that can really do some damage. And dishonest employees are even worse.  ...

Condo Painting

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo George Condo: Paintings and Drawings George Condo is a man possessed by visions. A successful Soho artist, he paints what he sees: the "antipodal beings" that  ...

Dogma

Kevin Smith's Dogma is at once irreverent and respectful, daffy and devout. It's the cinematic equivalent of paging through a religious textbook and coloring in Apostles' teeth in the picture of the Last Supper, drawing Jesus a pair of  ...

Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey

To the extent that Elia Kazan is known at all to today's movie-going audience, it is most likely as the fragile-looking old man who caused all the fuss at the 1999 Oscar ceremony. Controversy erupted over the Academy's decision  ...

Eyes Wide Shut

Saarinen Tulip Armchair from Design Within Reach At his best Stanley Kubrick was one of cinema’s masters – his filmic sense utterly dwarfed that of all but a  ...

The Five Senses

Jeremy Podeswa’s The Five Senses is the latest entry in what has almost become a sub-genre: the "failure to communicate" tapestry. The movie takes place in a Canadian city over the three days that it takes to solve the  ...