Hollow Man

If and when we daydream about being miraculously endowed with super-powers, how many of us fantasize about using our new abilities to help our fellow man? The typical Marvel comics superhero receives his power through some terrible accident (usually  ...

Groove

Watching Groove is like being at a party where you don't know anyone, don't really meet anyone interesting, and don't have access to any good drugs (unless you happen to be watching the movie while on drugs, a policy  ...

The Ladies Man

Over the years, Saturday Night Live has morphed from a relevant showcase for up-and-coming comedic talent and occasionally biting satire into a development laboratory for producer Lorne Michaels' SNL Studios film division. The pattern is now firmly established: A  ...

American Pimp

The Hughes Brothers are fascinated with bad guys. Their startling debut, Menace II Society, depicted inner city thug life with a visceral intensity that made Boyz N The Hood look like The Little Rascals. The follow-up, Dead Presidents, less  ...

Frenzy

By the time Frenzy was released in 1972, Alfred Hitchcock was in something of a slump. While Marnie had its admirers, most found it a slipshod exercise in psychobabble. Topaz and Torn Curtain were both drab, anemic espionage thrillers,  ...

Felicia’s Journey

Here's something different: a serial killer movie with no on-screen violence. In Felicia's Journey, Bob Hoskins is Joseph Hildritch, a catering manager for a factory in England's industrial Midlands. Hildritch is mild-mannered and soft spoken, but right from the  ...

The Family Man

If holiday movies were presents under the Christmas tree, The Family Man would be your Aunt Ethel's fruitcake: sickly sweet and hard to swallow. A would-be Yuletide heartwarmer in the "What if?" tradition of A Christmas Carol and It's  ...

Antitrust

AntiTrust is that rarity among Hollywood films, a perfect match of form and content. This is no compliment: the story harps on the dangers of technology, and the crass, hyperactive storytelling, studded with tacky special effects that were dated  ...

Any Given Sunday

The ubiquitous trailer for Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday jostles vertiginous shots of bone-crunching football action against extreme close-ups of Al Pacino yelling, all set to a thundering hip-hop beat. It may well be the most chaotic, ear-splitting two  ...

Howard Hughs: His Women and His Movies

When most people hear the name Howard Hughes, his career in motion pictures is probably not the first thing to spring to mind. The more likely image is that of an old man with long hair and fingernails, wearing  ...