Anywhere But Here

A lot of talented people get torpedoed by a dreary, sudsy script in Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here. Adele August (Susan Sarandon) packs up her unwilling daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), and flees from small town Wisconsin to Beverly Hills, where Adele expects to find a wider range of opportunity,  ...

The Apple

In Iran, a group of neighbors petitioned the local welfare agency to come to the aid of a pair of twelve year old twin girls who had been locked up by their father in their tiny home, behind bars their entire lives. When welfare intervened, the girls were found  ...

Arlington Road

Arlington Road has a witty conceit buried beneath its layers of emotional sogginess and shock effects: the idea that domestic terrorists are otherwise normal citizens who, by quietly indoctrinating newcomers and their own young, may someday take control of our society through sheer numbers. The movie treats like  ...

Autumn Tale

Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit Eric Rohmer completes his quartet of the seasons with Autumn Tale - very engaging, very smart, very talky, very French, and most of all, very wise. Rohmer, nearly eighty years old, has been making films for  ...

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 new film from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams,  ...

Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day At Black Rock, a film which proves that the glaring sun on a baked-dry desert town can provide all the meanness of any urban jungle. This fascinating, bitter drama etches a portrait of American racism and misanthropy in pure acid. The theme of anti-Japanese bias which was so  ...

The Bachelor

It's a rare comedy that is so painfully unfunny that it earns not a single laugh. The Bachelor, based loosely on Buster Keaton's 1925 Seven Chances, is a monotonous, charmless travesty, easily the worst film I've endured this year. Seven Chances is minor Keaton, but it climaxes  ...

Badsville

Gladyss Patches are doing one of two things with this album. They are either a) mixing a blend of on-the-pulse teenage angst rock with a smattering of out-there metal raps and guitars, or b) a band who are unsure of what they want and are having a go at  ...

Bait

Shelly Long. Tom Selleck. Ted Danson. The roll call of TV celebrities who have had a tough time jumping from the cathode ray tube to the silver screen is a long and not so illustrious one. Jamie Foxx is the latest small screen semi-star to attempt the move. One  ...

Baise-Moi

How far out does a movie have to be for it to get banned in France? Baise-Moi (Fuck Me), the film that Virginie Despentes adapted from her novel and co-directed with Coralie Trin-Thi, can’t be shown in its home country. After seeing it, though, I think France might be  ...