Driven

Driven is not so much a film as a two-hour video game, minus audience participation. Spectacular car crashes and special effects surround two-dimensional characters and a story so cliched and false that one never gets involved beyond waiting  ...

Fight Club

David Fincher’s Fight Club (from a novel by Chuck Palahniuk) is about a special kind of male anger. It’s the anger of single guys, night-owl guys, guys who work and fret and have nothing to show for it, guys  ...

Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, later christened and groomed for stardom as "Jean Harlow", wasn't the silver screen's first goddess of wanton carnal desire, nor would she be the last. Even sixty-plus years after her career was cut short and the curtains  ...

Hollow Man

If and when we daydream about being miraculously endowed with super-powers, how many of us fantasize about using our new abilities to help our fellow man? The typical Marvel comics superhero receives his power through some terrible accident (usually  ...

Life is Beautiful

CV admits to great trepidation about seeing this movie. We have powerful feelings about the holocaust. A comedy about the holocaust? Sounds like a mistake from the getgo, no? Still, the word of mouth has been very good so  ...

Dancing at Lughnasa

1936, a pivotal year: the worldwide economic depression lingers, the Spanish Civil War draws world attention to intensifying confrontation between political right and left, change is in the air. Though Dancing at Lughnasa uses the voice-over of the only  ...

My Architect: A Son’s Journey

Online references on Louis I. Kahn My Architect: A Son's Journey is a documentary film directed by Nathaniel Kahn, the illegitimate son fathered by architect Louis I. Kahn with the second of two sequential  ...

Rosetta

Rosetta, the new film by the Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, is an undeniably major film. It's also nearly unwatchable. The film's difficulty begins in its subject matter. Like its predecessor, 1996's brilliant La Promesse, it  ...

Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton's film, Sleepy Hollow, seems based more on the short 1958 Disney cartoon than on the original, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, a short story from 1819, itself drawn from German folklore. Irving's  ...

The Thirteenth Floor

The Thirteenth Floor is like a failed romance. When we meet we are full of hope. The screenwriter courts us with a unique science fiction premise, the actors work hard to convince us, and the direction and cinematography  ...