The City (La Ciudad)

Suggested reading: A Dream for Gilberto: An Immigrant Family's Struggle to Become American (1999), Billie Young New American Destinies: A Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration (1996) Darrell Y. Hamamoto (Editor) Writer-director David Riker,  ...

Committed

Committed (2000) Buy it at MovieGoods.com Some movies are like cinematic Advil: they dull the throb of life without  ...

Deterrence

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Down to Earth

Some of Chris Rock's best standup comedy - which is to say, some of the best stand-up comedy, period - stems from his awareness that being a black man gives him license to make outrageous observations that would be  ...

Election

Most movies engage their audiences by making them "care" about character(s). This one does not. There is no one to like. As a matter of fact, the movie treats everyone in it with an equal amount of contempt. That  ...

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  ...

Get Bruce

One of the most revolting sights in the world occurs when celebrities lavish praise on those "little people" who work behind the scenes, so it would seem unlikely that a movie like Get Bruce! could stir anything in an  ...

Goodbye Lover

Goodbye Lover is a real change of pace for director Roland Joffe, whose previous major work (The Killing Fields, The Mission) was on a rather epic scale. We liked his 1995 adaptation of The Scarlet Letter more than most  ...

Guinevere

Guinevere is Audrey Wells' debut in the director's chair. An established screenwriter (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Inspector Gadget), Wells can be wildly imaginative and original; she also has a knack for snappy dialogue. Some of this skill  ...

Ikiru

Suggested reading: Eros in Hell; Sex Blood & Madness in Japanese Cinema (1998), Jack Hunter The Japanese Film: Art and Industry (1983), Joseph L. Anderson Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the  ...