Quills

Director Philip Kaufman makes movies about people who want to (as one of his characters once put it) "alter the experiment": the James-Younger outlaw gang in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, the self-absorbed libertines of The Unbearable Lightness of  ...

Return With Honor

Prisoner of War: Six Years in Hanoi (1975), John M. McGrath A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and the Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam (1999), Lewis Sorley Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation  ...

Rushmore

...Rushmore had slipped between the cracks for CV until now. It had been on our list of movies to catch up with since it opened a couple of months back and developed a certain buzz - at least in some  ...

Stardom

As Andy Warhol’s quote about everyone being famous for fifteen minutes proves ever more prophetic, media satirists are faced with a conundrum: How do you satirize something that teeters so closely to self-parody ? The (sur)reality of media-driven celebrity,  ...

Traffic

Awash in "Movie of the Year" buzz almost since its inception, Steven Soderbergh's sprawling, ambitious drug war epic Traffic has finally arrived. If recent history is our guide, it will meet with hyperbolic accolades and vindictive backlash in rapid  ...

Un Air de Famille

Here is another one of those films that the French do better than anyone else. Practically the entire film takes place within a neighborhood tavern and it is just about all talk. We meet the members of a family:  ...

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath, the new Robert Zemeckis supernatural thriller starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, opens with a literal shock: Pfeiffer nearly lights herself up while messing around with a hairdryer in her steamy bathroom. The accident consists of  ...

Death of a President

Using the genre of fictional documentary permits British director Gabriel Range to get to the heart of what’s gone terribly wrong in the United States since 9/11. Death of a President is above all, a thoughtful and compassionate, if deeply  ...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a title as ridiculous as the premise of this movie: a man born in 18th century France has a sense of smell that would put a bloodhound  ...