The Way of the Gun

The fact that American cinema hasn’t quite hit rock-bottom doesn’t stop our directors from trying to get there, and the latest diving bell is Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial debut The Way of the Gun. A threepenny opera of lurid plot turns, oceanic bloodletting, and pseudo-existential dialogue, Way is a late entry  ...

The Wedding Planner

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com What is there to say about a romantic comedy that would have us believe Jennifer Lopez can't get a date? What sort of movie would be foolish enough to suggest that a thirtyish knockout who also happens to be  ...

West Beirut

Ziad Doueiri worked as a cameraman in a dozen films, including Quentin Tarantino's hits Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. But his debut film as writer/director, West Beirut, is an original, all his own and straight from the heart. A story of coming of age in Beirut in 1975, at  ...

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath, the new Robert Zemeckis supernatural thriller starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, opens with a literal shock: Pfeiffer nearly lights herself up while messing around with a hairdryer in her steamy bathroom. The accident consists of a few sparks jumping out of a wall-plug, and it’s  ...

What Planet Are You From?

The best justification for having cable television in the 1990's was a half-hour HBO satire of late night talk shows starring Garry Shandling. Skewering show business pretensions and egos on a weekly basis, The Larry Sanders Show reveled in its freedom from network strictures, never shying away from depicting  ...

Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is opens with what looks like a commercial for a perfume called "Wild Youth." Two reckless kids, drunk and giddy after their high school prom, careen down a country road in a '66 Mustang convertible. They dodge trucks and swing from lane to lane, finally barreling  ...

The Whole Nine Yards

Suggested reading: Club Fed: A True Story of Life, Lies, and Crime in the Federal Witness Protection Program (1998), Clifford L Linedecker It may be only February, but The Whole Nine Yards is already a prime contender for Worst Movie of the  ...

The Widow of St. Pierre

Director Patrice Leconte doesn't mess around with minor themes. Whether on the more intimate scale of fascinating Monsieur Hire (1989) or the more recent Girl on the Bridge (1999), or on the grander scale of French costume drama like Ridicule (1996) he demonstrates a remarkable ability to combine a  ...

Wild Man Blues

Suggested reading: The Films of Woody Allen (Cambridge Film Classics) (1993), Sam B. Girgus Perspectives on Woody Allen (Persectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred (1995), Richard A. Blake Wild Man Blues is a skillfully made,  ...