The Color of Paradise

The Color of Paradise is about a blind boy who sees with clarity and his sighted father who is blind to the beauty in his own family. It is a film made from a deeply spiritual point of view,  ...

East Palace, West Palace

.East Palace, West Palace is a remarkable film. In 1997 the Chinese government put its director, Yuan Zhang, under house arrest and confiscated his passport. His friends smuggled the movie out of the country so that it could be  ...

Focus

Arthur Miller is by any account a major figure in American letters, principally as a playwright. Had he written nothing other than Death of a Salesman, his position in the pantheon would be assured. With a pronouncedly social/political bent,  ...

Guinevere

Guinevere is Audrey Wells' debut in the director's chair. An established screenwriter (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Inspector Gadget), Wells can be wildly imaginative and original; she also has a knack for snappy dialogue. Some of this skill  ...

Ichigensan

Ichigensan is writer/director Isao Morimoto's first feature film and it is a triumph. From his camera panning slowly across the Ryooanji Monastery in Kyoto, to the stunning way he makes us pause as sightless Kyoko seduces Swiss literature student  ...

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  ...

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.  ...

Nurse Betty

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty is the first post-traumatic stress disorder comedy. It's also the film in which LaBute finally earns the accolades he won for his first two films.  ...

Random Hearts

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Sydney Pollack has made an interesting and engrossing film in Random Hearts. It is being marketed as a love story - which it is - so some will complain  ...

Saving Grace

Michael O'Donohue said it best: "If marijuana doesn't cause brain damage, then why do so many teenagers think Cheech and Chong are funny?" Saving Grace is like a British Cheech and Chong movie, with one, endlessly repeated gag:  ...