Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le Pont)

Director Patrice Leconte introduces us to Vanessa Paradis at the very start, intercutting shots of her lively face between the main titles. It is an irresistible face: expressive, open, fine-boned, and carrying a gap-toothed smile - the flaw that  ...

Liberty Heights

Liberty Heights is the fourth of director Barry Levinson's "Baltimore Films." Levinson knows the city well, having grown up there. And just as a basketball team on a long punishing road trip looks forward to once again having home-court  ...

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

... There is much to admire in Lovers of the Arctic Circle. Its writer/director, Julio Medem has a fresh and original viewpoint and virtually floods the screen with ideas. His film looks not quite like anyone else's, although, please,  ...

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  ...

My Best Fiend

In this intriguing documentary, German director Werner Herzog retraces his steps behind the scenes of several of his well-known films, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, to offer a personal portrait of his "dearest enemy" or "best  ...

Play It to the Bone

Ron Shelton is a brilliant, if uneven, filmmaker, yet his films are so modest, it's easy to overlook his originality. In his best work - Cobb, White Men Can't Jump, Bull Durham - he's completely retooled the sports film.  ...

Ride with the Devil

Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil is a film of monumental ambition. It attempts no less than to reinvent the Civil War film. Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind are among the defining works  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2001

Longtime attendees of the annual South by Southwest festival may not have recognized their host city this year. There are so many closed-off roads and buildings in various stages of construction and destruction these days, visitors could be forgiven  ...

Sonnenallee

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State and Main

It's become something of a rite of passage for maverick filmmakers: biting the hand that feeds them. Sooner or later, whether it's Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) or Robert Altman (The Player) or the Coen Brothers (Barton Fink), they  ...