20 Dates

There aren't many films that give me a stomach ache. (Ravenous gave me one, though not from laughing.) But 20 Dates, by first-time writer/director/actor Myles Berkowitz, made me howl. I haven't laughed so much at a movie in ages.  ...

Angela’s Ashes

Angela's Ashes is a painstakingly constructed shell with a hollow center - a biographical film that never quite finds its subject. Based on Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir about growing up in Ireland amid appalling poverty, the movie makes  ...

Babel

Tower of Babel: (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another. ( wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn) Babel,  ...

The Bridge (Un pont entre deux rives)

Gerard Depardieu, the actor, is well served by Gerard Depardieu, the director, in The Bridge, a sophisticated and quietly surprising film about what happens in a marriage that one partner has outgrown. Even behind the main titles,  ...

Chocolat

"Once upon a time..." the voiceover begins and Chocolat is instantly in the territory of fairy tales and fables--in this case very much a fable, an imaginative yarn with a moral lesson or two to deliver. The movie is  ...

Girlfight

Ever since the Rocky franchise hit pop culture paydirt in the mid ‘70s and put "feel-good" cinema irrevocably on the map, cineplex screens have been clogged with variations of the same old song and dance. The odds are always  ...

Japanese Story

There are three principal characters in Sue Brooks' film, Japanese Story: Sandy Edwards (Toni Collette), an Australian geologist; Tachibana Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima), a Japanese businessman; and the astounding and austerely grand landscape of the Pilbara in Western Australia, an  ...

Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles)

Brazil projects its own special ethos out into the world, different from other Latin American countries, different from its Portuguese cultural roots. Black and white and every shade in between, it is perhaps the most racially mingled of nations.  ...

Tigerland

Anyone who's been through the mortifying experience of basic training in the U.S. Army will get a startling jolt of a memory trip from Tigerland. Director Joel Schumacher (Batman and Robin, Flawless) gets it right, from the mise en  ...

Treasure Island

Scott King’s debut feature Treasure Island ought to be put into a time capsule so future generations can see all of the bad things that make up what we call "independent films." Shot in an ultra-low budget black-and-white, with  ...