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  ...

Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen (2009) Directed by: Zack Snyder Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Edward Blake / The Comedian), Jackie Earle Haley (Walter Kovacs / Rorschach), Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman), Malin Akerman (Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II), Patrick Wilson  ...

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You, the feature film debut of TV veteran Gil Junger, has the feel of a TV sitcom. If you've turned on your tube in the last ten years you've run into this formula over  ...

An Affair of Love

Frederic Fonteyne's An Affair of Love opens beautifully, with a shot of a crowded Paris street so out of focus that the image is pure abstraction. Pedestrians begin as enormous blobs of light that only begin to take shape  ...

An Everlasting Piece

Filmmakers travel to Northern Ireland at great peril. It's not that they risk their lives there: who'd waste good bullets on a film crew? No, the real danger is the aesthetic paralysis that inflicts outsiders who shoot in Ireland.  ...

Beau Travail

Suggested reading: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force (1992), Douglas Porch Claire Denis, talking about her new film, Beau Travail, is  ...