The Beast of the City

Mention the name W.R. Burnett to fans of early pulp fiction, and nine out of ten bibliophiles will exhibit a quizzical look. Mention the hard-boiled author's name to devotees of early gangster films, however, and you'll witness Pavlovian drooling in action. While the writer may not be a household  ...

The Beach

An internationally famous young star, a story rife with dramatic possibilities, and a natural setting that appears fit for only gods to inhabit – The Beach has all of these assets, and it squanders them one by one like a salesman drinking on the company’s dime. Director Danny Boyle  ...

Beau Travail

Suggested reading: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force (1992), Douglas Porch Claire Denis, talking about her new film, Beau Travail, is so unassuming, so understated and matter-of-fact, that the listener might  ...

Beautiful People

Suggested reading: Fences and Neighbors: The Political Geography of Immigration Control (1999), Jeannette Money Writer/director Jasmin Dizdar's feature debut, Beautiful People, opens on a London bus. Passengers politely ignore one another as people file in and out, until an enormous bearded man climbs aboard.  ...

Bedrooms and Hallways

Bedrooms and Hallways is a feather-light romantic comedy of considerable charm. On the surface it sings the paeans of pansexuality, but its real sexual energy is in the male/male romances, so while there is sufficient amusement for audiences of all persuasions, as a date movie, this one is for  ...

Bedazzled

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The latest entry from the remake factories is Bedazzled. Taken on its own, it's a lightweight but appealing romp that showcases Brendan Fraser's considerable comedic talents. But compared to the earlier version, the current film is a little too  ...

Before Night Falls

Biopics about writers don't come along often--Zola, Burroughs, a few others. Perhaps the reason lies in the difficulty of translating into film terms a process that is essentially internal. A painter can be observed painting, a dancer, dancing. Composers at least get to have triumphant performances of their works.  ...

Being John Malkovich

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Being John Malkovich is ingenious, different, beautifully directed and acted, and also very, very funny. The story is surreal but it is never slapstick. Spike Jonze’s direction seems to punch all the right buttons. Laughs come when they should,  ...

Belle de Jour

When Belle de Jour was first released in 1967, CV was a lot younger, the world of film was less jaded, and the subject matter here was unquestionably titillating. Today, when sadism/masochism has become common subject matter for ad campaigns aimed at the teenage market, we look at  ...

Beloved

Beloved (1998) Buy it at Art.com Beloved is a powerful and compelling film about the anguish of slavery, seen primarily in its aftermath, though enhanced with flashbacks both seen and told.  ...