The Cell

Tarsem Singh’s The Cell asks the provocative question, “What goes on inside a serial killer’s mind?,” and ends by concluding that he mostly wants to dress up in one of Cher’s Oscar outfits. Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio) has a thing about purity. His only companion is an albino  ...

Central Station

Central Station is destined to be the feel good film of the year and giving it less than a 110% review seems a tad curmudgeonly. Yet, while CV is more positive than not about it, Central Station left us unsatisfied. The story is of a young boy  ...

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Director Don McGlynn, who has directed documentaries about such American musical icons as Art Pepper, the Mills Brothers and Spike Jones, has given us a rich and many layered story with Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. The documentary is grainy, as was Mingus (1922-1979) himself: a tangled, mercurial  ...

Charlie’s Angels

With autumn comes crisper temperatures, colorful foliage, and the return of serious, adult fare to the megaplex. This is the time of year when the studios put away their loud, overpriced summer toys and roll out the Oscar contenders - daring, thought-provoking films that push the boundaries of the  ...

Chicken Run

There are several two-word phrases that strike fear into the heart of film critics, among them: "Pauly Shore," "Potemkin remake," and "Eszterhas musical". "Family film" is also high on the list, given that most movies billed as "something the whole family can enjoy" are usually dumbed-down, lowest common denominator  ...

Chuck & Buck

Chuck and Buck isn't a realistic movie. The protagonist, Buck, is a construct and never meant to be taken as a "real person." Buck (Michael White, also the screenwriter) is twenty-seven, and although he has the adult skills needed for the plot (driving a car, banking), his social  ...

Chunhyang

Pansori is a Korean traditional form, songs performed before an audience in a chant/sing-song style that tell a tale--a narrative or epic story that can run for many hours. In his exquisitely wrought new film, Chunhyang, veteran Korean director Im Kwon Taek uses such a song performance to tell  ...

Chocolat

"Once upon a time..." the voiceover begins and Chocolat is instantly in the territory of fairy tales and fables--in this case very much a fable, an imaginative yarn with a moral lesson or two to deliver. The movie is graced with charm to spare and fleshes out its homilies  ...

The Cider House Rules

The film versions of John Irving�s novels (The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire) have seen varied results with the author�s typically quirky mix of eccentric characters, nostalgia and sentiment. With The Cider House Rules, Irving has finally found the director to do his novel (and screenplay adaptation)  ...