All the King’s Men

On August 12, 1915 the Sandringham Company - a group of volunteers from King George V's royal estate - advanced into withering enemy fire during the disastrous Gallipoli campaign and were never seen again. Eyewitnesses spoke of a strange  ...

The Gift

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. Several arcs cross in The Gift. Cate Blanchett is in ascendance, as the film adds another great performance to her relatively short but  ...

Big Momma’s House

1999 was an unusually good year for movies; 2000 has been nowhere near as productive. The Sargasso Sea that so far is film in the new millennium unfortunately continues, with the release of Big Momma's House. This is a  ...

The Green Mile

The Green Mile is a lot like Tom Hanks' portrait on its advertising poster – earnest, but glazed and bloated. Writer/director Frank Darabont follows his first feature effort, The Shawshank Redemption, with a film that shamelessly takes several big  ...

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  ...

The Hurricane

When accepting last year's Irving Thalberg Award at the Oscars, Director Norman Jewison advised: "Just find some good stories to move people to laughter and tears. Never mind the gross, the Top 10, the demographics. Just make films about  ...

Butterfly

Hollywood "rite of passage" pictures often use skeletal plots with a last-second moral or two thrown in to justify yet another teen-focused story depicting more peephole-level sex and bodily functions than personal growth or enlightenment. Butterfly (La Lengua de  ...

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.  ...

BookWars

Most documentary films focus on facts more than style - the messages they deliver tend to be more stark and powerful than any directorial tricks that can be applied to them. BookWars is different. More tone poem than polemic,  ...

The Last September

The Last September is a scenic look at a time and set of attitudes long past. While gorgeous to look at, it's much more effective at capturing the appearance of an era than it is at involving us in  ...