All the Pretty Horses

There have been few as eagerly (and nervously) awaited adaptations in recent years as that of Cormac McCarthy’s 1992 novel All the Pretty Horses. McCarthy’s tactile, intensely visual prose always seems ready to erupt into cinema inside the mind;  ...

Anna and the King

In 1862, an English widow named Anna Leonowens became court teacher to the enormous brood of Mongkut, the King of Siam. Her story, best known from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, is usually told as  ...

Baise-Moi

How far out does a movie have to be for it to get banned in France? Baise-Moi (Fuck Me), the film that Virginie Despentes adapted from her novel and co-directed with Coralie Trin-Thi, can’t be shown in its home  ...

Brokedown Palace

There is nothing wrong with Brokedown Palace that a tighter screenplay couldn't have fixed. The photography is first-rate, Claire Danes (Little Women, My So-Called Life) is excellent and the rest of the actors are more than adequate. The story  ...

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  ...

God Said ‘Ha’

Cancer Combat: Cancer Survivors Share Their Guerrilla Tactics to Help You Win the Fight of Your Life (1998), Dean King (Editor) No More Bad Hair Days: A Woman's Journey Through Cancer, Chemotherapy and Coping (1997), Susan Sturges  ...

Hideous Kinky

. My movie friend, the Romantic Comedy Wimp, with whom I saw Gillies Mackinnon's new film Hideous Kinky, loved it. Since it had beautiful scenery (filmed in Morocco in palettes of glorious yellow and burnt orange), mystical music from the  ...

The Hurricane

When accepting last year's Irving Thalberg Award at the Oscars, Director Norman Jewison advised: "Just find some good stories to move people to laughter and tears. Never mind the gross, the Top 10, the demographics. Just make films about  ...

The Legend of 1900

After delighting audiences worldwide with the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso (1988), director Giuseppe Tornatore is cast adrift in a sea of Europudding with his latest effort. A bit of goodwill carried over from the earlier film may allow The Legend  ...

Loser

Even in the midst of the teen movie overload that has threatened to turn the local multiplex into high school with popcorn, there was reason to hold out hope for Loser. After all, writer/director Amy Heckerling has successfully mined  ...