After Life

Afterlife, the new feature by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Maborosi, Without Memory) is set in a kind of halfway house between life on Earth and the mystery of eternity. The film presents a challenge to each character, as  ...

Being John Malkovich

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Being John Malkovich is ingenious, different, beautifully directed and acted, and also very, very funny. The story is surreal but it is never slapstick. Spike Jonze’s direction seems to  ...

Better Than Chocolate

Suggested reading: The Lesbian Sex Book (1993), Wendy Caster Bushfire: Stories of Lesbian Desire (1991), Karen Barber (Editor) Early Embraces: True-Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience (1996), Lindsey Elder (Editor)  ...

Big Daddy

There seem to be two versions of Big Daddy. If you like Adam Sandler you'll probably see the first one. In this version Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is a likable, if unmotivated, 32-year-old ex-lawyer, whose heart is as big as  ...

Black Cat, White Cat

Three parts surreal slapstick to one part romantic comedy, Black Cat, White Cat tells the story of two extended gypsy families living on the Danube River. The patriarchs of the families, Grga Pitic (Sabri Sulejmani) and Zarije Destanov (Zabit  ...

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  ...

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  ...

The Castle

There is a category of movie we should talk about more often: The Saturday Night Special. The Perfect Rental. It is a small movie, quirky, with interesting characters, and a story that sticks with you. You can watch it  ...

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Director Don McGlynn, who has directed documentaries about such American musical icons as Art Pepper, the Mills Brothers and Spike Jones, has given us a rich and many layered story with Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. The documentary  ...