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  ...

Cradle Will Rock

Other cds: Blitzstein works including excerpts from The Cradle Will Rock..Leonard Bernstein (1998) The Cradle Will Rock 1994 Los Angeles Cast The Cradle Will Rock: 1985 London Cast Cradle Will Rock is a  ...

The Emperor’s New Groove

The Disney shop often delivers cookie-cutter animated features, repeated variations on tried-and-true formulas. On occasion, (Fantasia 2000), they bore the kids, even as they slight the intelligence of the audience of all ages. But from time to time the  ...

Frequency

Time travel has long been a favored theme among science fiction fans. Literary works like H.G. Wells' The Time Machine have crossed-over to general interest readers, and, of course, the movies recycle the premise frequently. Some films, like  ...

Happy Accidents

If the Woody Allen of Annie Hall and the Nicolas Roeg of The Man Who Fell to Earth had ever collaborated on a movie, the result might have looked something like Happy Accidents. Brad Anderson’s new film, starring Marisa  ...

The Insider

Proving once again that where there's smoke, there's fire, more than a few people are feeling the burn from Michael Mann's new ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama, The Insider. Based on "The Man Who Knew Too Much," a Vanity Fair article by  ...

Lies

California Poppy 25X Resin Extract California Poppy has the reputation of being a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy, though it is less powerful. California poppy is a traditional mild, relaxing smoke – but not that  ...

Mifune

In Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Toshiro Mifune played Kikuchiyo, the son of a peasant farmer who lays claim to the noble status of a samurai warrior. In Mifune, the new film from Danish director S�ren Kragh-Jacobsen, Anders W. Berthelsen  ...

Orphans

Orphans, the new film from writer-director Peter Mullan, begins with a long take of four siblings gathered around their mother’s coffin on the night before her funeral. Awash in grief, and self-conscious of their behavior in front of each  ...

Regret to Inform

Thirty years after the death of her husband in the Viet Nam war, Barbara Sonneborn creates a tribute to his memory in a documentary film, Regret to Inform. It would be easy for the sophisticated viewer to glibly label  ...