The Contender

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. In a year when studios seem compelled to produce films that appeal to audiences with the brains  ...

Election

Most movies engage their audiences by making them "care" about character(s). This one does not. There is no one to like. As a matter of fact, the movie treats everyone in it with an equal amount of contempt. That  ...

For Love of the Game

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods There are two rather narrow classes of people who will love the new Kevin Costner baseball movie For the Love of The Game. The first is die-hard baseball fans  ...

Happy, Texas

Steve Zahn makes a formidable idiot. No one plays stoned bemusement with such inspiration, such slow-on-the-uptake brilliance. In supporting roles in Out of Sight and That Thing You Do!, he walked away with his every scene, his cotton-mouthed mumbling  ...

Innocence

During the 1980's Paul Cox was one of the players in the Australian film renaissance and he created a series of quirky, character-driven films like Lonely Hearts, Man of Flowers, and My First Wife. All had an idiosyncratic charm  ...

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  ...

The Messenger

The turn of the 21st century is a dichotomous period in which there is a rekindling of religious fervor, from fundamentalist Christians to fundamentalist Muslims, on the one hand, and a pervasive non-spiritual, scientific, materialistic bent in the Western  ...

On the Ropes

Suggested reading: Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As a Martial Art (1997), Ned Beaumont Champions' Boxing Guide (1997), Edward Whitman Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth (1994), Milbrey W. McLaughlin  ...

Red Planet

Science fiction fans who haven't quite recovered from Battlefield: Earth may want to think twice before taking a trip to Red Planet.. While not quite the debacle of that already notorious dud, this latest voyage into space doesn't exactly  ...

Seventh Heaven

Suggested reading: The Western Guide to Feng Shui - Creating Balance, Harmony,and Prosperity in Your Environment (1996), Terah Kathryn Collins Feng Shui: The Book of Cures-150 Simple Solutions for Health andHappiness in Your Home  ...