Beau Travail

Suggested reading: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force (1992), Douglas Porch Claire Denis, talking about her new film, Beau Travail, is  ...

Beloved

Beloved (1998) Buy it at Art.com Beloved is a powerful and compelling film about the anguish of slavery, seen primarily in  ...

The Big One

. As a member of the Online Film Critics Society, CV could not ignore the society's award to The Big One for best documentary film of 1998. To be perfectly honest about it, we hadn't even seen this film, no  ...

Blow

Ted Demme’s new gangster epic Blow opens with a step-by-step depiction of a big-time drug smuggling operation, from the harvesting of a Colombian coca field to the touchdown of a coke-laden cargo plane at an American airport, all played  ...

The Caveman’s Valentine

The Caveman’s Valentine and last year’s American Psycho both take a gander (or pretend to) at American class craziness through the eyes of characters whose elevators don’t go all the way to the top, but otherwise the two movies  ...

The Claim

The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy's classic novel of transgression, repentance, and redemption denied has been morphed by director Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland, Welcome to Sarajevo) into an epic Western, shifting the locale from Dorchester, England to California's Sierra Nevada  ...

Croupier

Most summer movies arrive accompanied by a barrage of hype equivalent to the onscreen pyrotechnics that are their reason for being. A few appear seemingly from out of nowhere, slipping past media surveillance and alighting briefly on arthouse screens before  ...

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

The most cursory glance at Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary screams out that it is a Guy Maddin film. His fifth feature does not depart from his usual modus operandi – the loving, nostalgic caricature of  ...

Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 film Ulysses' Gaze clocked in at three hours, sent some viewers scrambling hastily for the exits, and left others hunting for superlatives like "masterful," "powerful," and "brilliant." It is certainly not a film for the Star  ...

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  ...