And Baby Makes Two

In Defense of Single-Parent Families (1997), Nancy E. Dowd Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood (1997), Jane Matttes On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America (1999), Melissa Ludtke  ...

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 the odd and ultimately fatal mistake of leaving McCourt out  ...

Angel’s Ladies

"Go west, young man!" So goes the rallying cry of Manifest Destiny, the beckoning of American exploration, and often, the pillaging of the “wild west.” Take a step forward to modern times, and such ghostly whispers can be heard in Doug Lindeman’s directorial debut, Angel’s Ladies. On it’s low-fi  ...

Anna and the King

In 1862, an English widow named Anna Leonowens became court teacher to the enormous brood of Mongkut, the King of Siam. Her story, best known from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, is usually told as a celebration of colonialism: headstrong British schoolmarm teaches vain and  ...

Annie Hall

Suggested reading: Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen (1998), Mary P. Nichols Without Feathers (1990), Woody Allen Perspectives on Woody Allen (Perspectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry (Editor) Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred (1995), Richard A. Blake  ...

Antitrust

AntiTrust is that rarity among Hollywood films, a perfect match of form and content. This is no compliment: the story harps on the dangers of technology, and the crass, hyperactive storytelling, studded with tacky special effects that were dated on arrival, demonstrates all too well how seductive digital tricks  ...

Antwone Fisher

Tis the season of actor-cum-directors, what with George Clooney sheparding Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Nicholas Cage helming Sonny. Not to be outdone, Denzel Washington is behind the lensing of Antwone Fisher. Antwone Fisher, as a directing debut is not as daring as Dangerous Mind, but  ...

Any Given Sunday

The ubiquitous trailer for Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday jostles vertiginous shots of bone-crunching football action against extreme close-ups of Al Pacino yelling, all set to a thundering hip-hop beat. It may well be the most chaotic, ear-splitting two minutes of celluloid ever to unspool on a movie screen.  ...

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  ...