To Have and Have Not

Made while World War II was still going on, To Have and Have Not, based on the Hemingway novel, was great wartime escapist entertainment. That it holds up as well as it does fifty years later is a tribute  ...

Absolute Wilson

A documentary by Katharina Otto-Bernstein A boy in a boat transfixed by light. A nail goes into a hand and someone sings. A woman in black evening dress faces the audience and fires  ...

Casino Royale

It’s a pleasure to write a review of a good film, especially for one that I was prepared to find derivative and tired. But Casino Royale has all the best attributes of a James Bond film without any of the  ...

Romantico (2005)

A documentary produced, directed and edited by Mark Becker web site When Mark Becker started interviewing subjects for a documentary short about the mariachi singers who were working the taquerias and hipster clubs in San Francisco’s Hispanic Mission District,  ...

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound work by the great director Federico Fellini. The film follows a series of events in the life of a journalist (Marcello Mastroianni) which explore his dissatisfaction in his work and  ...

Antitrust

AntiTrust is that rarity among Hollywood films, a perfect match of form and content. This is no compliment: the story harps on the dangers of technology, and the crass, hyperactive storytelling, studded with tacky special effects that were dated  ...

Beloved

Beloved (1998) Buy it at Art.com Beloved is a powerful and compelling film about the anguish of slavery, seen primarily in  ...

Blow

Ted Demme’s new gangster epic Blow opens with a step-by-step depiction of a big-time drug smuggling operation, from the harvesting of a Colombian coca field to the touchdown of a coke-laden cargo plane at an American airport, all played  ...

The Caveman’s Valentine

The Caveman’s Valentine and last year’s American Psycho both take a gander (or pretend to) at American class craziness through the eyes of characters whose elevators don’t go all the way to the top, but otherwise the two movies  ...