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  ...

Better Than Chocolate

Suggested reading: The Lesbian Sex Book (1993), Wendy Caster Bushfire: Stories of Lesbian Desire (1991), Karen Barber (Editor) Early Embraces: True-Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience (1996), Lindsey Elder (Editor)  ...

Broken Vessels

Whatever happened to films that were impolite enough to scare the hell out of their audiences? I’m talking about movies like Taxi Driver or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, movies that took you all the way inside the  ...

Crazy in Alabama

Crazy in Alabama begins with peacock-hued animated credits as Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" thumps along the soundtrack. It ends with poignant violins and an uplifting helicopter shot. In between, we're presented with two very disparate  ...

End of Days

How big is Arnold Schwarzenegger? Forget the international body-building titles, the above-even-the-director credit lines, the preview ads that read only: "Schwarzenegger – December 1999". In End of Days, Arnold faces his biggest foe ever – Satan himself. But even  ...

Galaxy Quest

No matter how many times he saved the universe as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner's finest onscreen moment may still be the 1986 Saturday Night Live sketch in which, playing himself, Shatner castigated an audience full of Kirk-worshippers  ...

Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, later christened and groomed for stardom as "Jean Harlow", wasn't the silver screen's first goddess of wanton carnal desire, nor would she be the last. Even sixty-plus years after her career was cut short and the curtains  ...

In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-wei is best known in America for the vibrant, goofy visual pyrotechnics of Chungking Express and Happy Together. These films are the work of a perpetual adolescent, unlikely love stories shot through with bursts of reckless energy and  ...

Limbo

John Sayles is one of the more thoughtful film directors making movies these days. The body of his work over the last two decades is uneven in quality, but never insulting to the intelligence. As an American writer/director  ...

The Minus Man

The Minus Man, writer-director Hampton Fancher’s low-budget allegory about the double-edged nature of innocence, is so in love with its enigmatic air that there’s no there there. The story – which revolves around what happens when Vann  ...