The Emperor’s New Groove

The Disney shop often delivers cookie-cutter animated features, repeated variations on tried-and-true formulas. On occasion, (Fantasia 2000), they bore the kids, even as they slight the intelligence of the audience of all ages. But from time to time the studio transcends its movie-by-committee weaknesses and comes up with solid  ...

End of Days

How big is Arnold Schwarzenegger? Forget the international body-building titles, the above-even-the-director credit lines, the preview ads that read only: "Schwarzenegger – December 1999". In End of Days, Arnold faces his biggest foe ever – Satan himself. But even with a large dose of his trademark grimacing, grappling and  ...

The End of the Affair

Christmas is the time of year for high-profile movies about glossy, doomed relationships, and this year's entry is Neil Jordan's The End of the Affair. But Jordan, being the iconoclast that he is, provides a little more bite than things like Out of Africa or The English Patient. The  ...

Endurance

Endurance is The Documentary That Won't End about the Man Who Won't Stop Running. The subject of the film is Ethiopian championship distance runner Haile Gebreselassie (played by himself). The subtitle is: "In the heart of a champion is the courage to endure." A Disney presentation, Endurance is mildly  ...

Enemy at the Gates

a novel on the same subject matter: War of the Rats Enemy at the Gates takes the legend of a venerated Soviet war hero, Vassili Zaitsev, and fictionalizes it into a Hollywood-style romantic drama placed against the background of the siege of  ...

L’Ennui

There's a real danger making a film about an obsession. Other people's obsessions - their profound preoccupation with a particular desire or idea or topic - are narrowly focused on the subject which is obviously of great interest to them, but will it sustain for two hours the interest  ...

Entrapment

Entrapment, an end-of-the-millenium thriller starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, promises to be a different kind of action movie - one that is character driven instead of plot driven. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t have any characters. Connery plays Robert "Mac" MacDougal,  ...

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich is a movie with two personalities, one that’s breezy and winning, and one that’s maddeningly preachy. It’s almost a shock when the pushy side wins out in the end – the early part of the movie is so good that it seems like nothing could ruin  ...

Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 film Ulysses' Gaze clocked in at three hours, sent some viewers scrambling hastily for the exits, and left others hunting for superlatives like "masterful," "powerful," and "brilliant." It is certainly not a film for the Star Wars crowd, but at that length and with a glacial  ...

Eureka

Punishingly slow, nearly four hours long, and so careful to avoid histrionics that it often approaches tedium, Shinji Aoyama's Eureka is less a movie than a dare. It's also one of the year's most deeply felt and beautiful films, a meditation on death played out in crisp, sepia-toned images  ...