Bowfinger

Robert Bowfinger (Steve Martin) wants to be a player so bad he can taste it. Pushing 50, with only the shell of a production company to show for his efforts, he sees his chance at the big time in Chubby Rain, an alien-invasion script churned out by his accountant.  ...

Bossa Nova

Bruno Barreto’s Bossa Nova has all the earmarks of a work that was made by a happy man – perhaps a man who’s too happy. It registers the ups and downs of romantic relationships in a way that doesn’t get you either too down or too elated about them.  ...

Boys and Girls

Anyone who's ever had to manage a group of employees knows that while lazy, inept people may be damaging to your company's health, it's the energetic incompetents that can really do some damage. And dishonest employees are even worse. If Boys and Girls were on your payroll, you'd want  ...

Boys Don’t Cry

"With Love Always and Forever. Brandon." This is how young Brandon (Hilary Swank) signs his last letter to Lana (Chloe Sevigny). By the time Lana reads the letter the inevitable tragedy, towards which the film has been pointing with Shakesperean finality, has transpired. It was clear all along what  ...

Break a Leg

When the first thing heard on a movie soundtrack is the sound of a toilet flushing, it forebodes either another of those tired, bathroom-humor comedies or an unimaginative director desperately trying to grab attention and energize a lackluster product. In Break a Leg, it's the latter, confirmed by an  ...

Breakfast of Champions

What could be funnier than Nick Nolte in a dress? If you answered "Nothing," then run, don't walk, to the nearest theater showing Alan Rudolph's new film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. But be sure you're in damn good shape, because that nearest theater  ...

The Bridge (Un pont entre deux rives)

Gerard Depardieu, the actor, is well served by Gerard Depardieu, the director, in The Bridge, a sophisticated and quietly surprising film about what happens in a marriage that one partner has outgrown. Even behind the main titles, Depardieu begins addressing his theme. The camera lingers on a  ...

Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Buy it at Art.com "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the street." In 1976, when Martin Scorsese first teamed with  ...

Brokedown Palace

There is nothing wrong with Brokedown Palace that a tighter screenplay couldn't have fixed. The photography is first-rate, Claire Danes (Little Women, My So-Called Life) is excellent and the rest of the actors are more than adequate. The story concept is solid: two innocent midwestern girls become victims of  ...

Broken Vessels

Whatever happened to films that were impolite enough to scare the hell out of their audiences? I’m talking about movies like Taxi Driver or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, movies that took you all the way inside the world of their characters, and in doing so wrapped their  ...