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)  ...

City Lights

City Lights is a product of the closing days of the silent film era. By the time it was released, talking films were in the theaters. Would that half the talkies to come were masterpieces as rewarding as this one! This episode in the tales of the Little Tramp  ...

The Circle

As the main titles run on a plain black screen, the soundtrack of The Circle blares the anguished screams of a woman in labor. It's the only voiced scream that is heard in this moving and bitterly bleak film from Iran, but every one of the other women whose  ...

The City (La Ciudad)

Suggested reading: A Dream for Gilberto: An Immigrant Family's Struggle to Become American (1999), Billie Young New American Destinies: A Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration (1996) Darrell Y. Hamamoto (Editor) Writer-director David Riker, in his extraordinary debut feature, The City, has created a  ...