Bedazzled

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The latest entry from the remake factories is Bedazzled. Taken on its own, it's a lightweight but appealing romp that showcases Brendan Fraser's considerable comedic talents. But compared to  ...

The Bicycle Thief

Set in post-World War II Rome, The Bicycle Thief tells a simple story well, relying for its impact on gritty realism and emotional verity. There are no subplots, there are just a few key characters, the dialogue is the  ...

Billy Elliot

Suggested reading: A Director Calls (1997), Wendy Lesser (about director Stephen Daldry) Billy Elliot wraps a stock formula in a nicely observed script by Lee Hall that avoids the obvious cliches, then adds a charismatic  ...

Les Bonnes Femmes

Donald J Pliner Handbags Infinity Medium Quilted Hobo Claude Chabrol’s Les Bonnes Femmes is a valentine written in poisoned ink, and the cinematic equivalent of Tough Love. It sinks its teeth down to  ...

Breakfast of Champions

What could be funnier than Nick Nolte in a dress? If you answered "Nothing," then run, don't walk, to the nearest theater showing Alan Rudolph's new film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. But be  ...

Celebrity

Suggested reading: Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen (1998), Mary P. Nichols Without Feathers (1990), Woody Allen Perspectives on Woody Allen (Perspectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry (Editor)  ...

Chunhyang

Pansori is a Korean traditional form, songs performed before an audience in a chant/sing-song style that tell a tale--a narrative or epic story that can run for many hours. In his exquisitely wrought new film, Chunhyang, veteran Korean director  ...

Dancer in the Dark

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Critics have long been divided over whether Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier is a calculating prankster, an artist of integrity, or a little of both. His latest creation, Dancer  ...

Dry Cleaning

Anne Fontaine's new film, Dry Cleaning stimulates ongoing thinking and plants a solid emotional whammy that cannot be ignored. The premise is reasonably easy to describe. A late thirties-ish, attractive young couple are living a dull, provincial life in  ...

The End of the Affair

Christmas is the time of year for high-profile movies about glossy, doomed relationships, and this year's entry is Neil Jordan's The End of the Affair. But Jordan, being the iconoclast that he is, provides a little more bite than  ...