Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Director Don McGlynn, who has directed documentaries about such American musical icons as Art Pepper, the Mills Brothers and Spike Jones, has given us a rich and many layered story with Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. The documentary  ...

The Color of Paradise

The Color of Paradise is about a blind boy who sees with clarity and his sighted father who is blind to the beauty in his own family. It is a film made from a deeply spiritual point of view,  ...

The Exorcist

The legend of The Exorcist is almost as well known and mythic as the movie itself. Fresh off an Oscar win, director/wunderkind/arrogant genius William Friedkin’s methods of dealing with the film's cast and crew would have broken Geneva convention  ...

Finding Forrester

Gus Van Sant both directed and wrote his early films -- Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, My Private Idaho -- and they were films that showed originality, exuberance, and integrity: the promise of an auteur. Then there were some less  ...

Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith could legitimately be labeled a rehash. In the romantic comedy genre, it tosses in gentle religious jokes by having the rivals for the heroine's attentions be a coupleof thirty-something clerics - a rabbi and a priest,  ...

Last Night

Last Night sounds like the name of a 20-something sex comedy, but the title of writer-director Don McKellar’s film is meant to be taken literally. Set in present-day Toronto, Last Night covers the last six hours on Earth  ...

Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles)

Brazil projects its own special ethos out into the world, different from other Latin American countries, different from its Portuguese cultural roots. Black and white and every shade in between, it is perhaps the most racially mingled of nations.  ...

Tigerland

Anyone who's been through the mortifying experience of basic training in the U.S. Army will get a startling jolt of a memory trip from Tigerland. Director Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin, Flawless) gets it right, from the mise en  ...

Treasure Island

Scott King’s debut feature Treasure Island ought to be put into a time capsule so future generations can see all of the bad things that make up what we call "independent films." Shot in an ultra-low budget black-and-white, with  ...

The Whole Nine Yards

Suggested reading: Club Fed: A True Story of Life, Lies, and Crime in the Federal Witness Protection Program (1998), Clifford L Linedecker It may be only February, but The Whole Nine Yards  ...