A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A large theater. A full house of predominantly young viewers, a little restless, a little rambunctious. The lights go down, the show begins, the chatter stops and attention is rapt for the next two hours, the only sounds that  ...

No One Writes to the Colonel

Elegant Handcrafted and Individually Dyed Mesh Silk Poncho No One Writes to the Colonel, Arturo Ripstein's film based on a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novella, is about hope sustained in the face of dashed expectations,  ...

The Palm Beach Story

Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story .. Preston Sturges, son of a wealthy American family, served in the Air Force in World War I and invented a kissproof lipstick before turning to writing comedy during  ...

Play It to the Bone

Ron Shelton is a brilliant, if uneven, filmmaker, yet his films are so modest, it's easy to overlook his originality. In his best work - Cobb, White Men Can't Jump, Bull Durham - he's completely retooled the sports film.  ...

Reindeer Games

Jamoca Chocolate Kahlua Cake It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas? Either someone at Dimension Films neglected to flip the last couple of pages on the release calendar or  ...

Ride with the Devil

Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil is a film of monumental ambition. It attempts no less than to reinvent the Civil War film. Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind are among the defining works  ...

Romeo Must Die

Jet Li is a former National Wushu champion in his native China who first appeared on US audiences' radar screens in a major way via some pyrotechnic fights that provided the only interesting parts of 1998's lethargic Lethal Weapon  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2001

Longtime attendees of the annual South by Southwest festival may not have recognized their host city this year. There are so many closed-off roads and buildings in various stages of construction and destruction these days, visitors could be forgiven  ...

Say It Isn’t So

There isn’t much gray area in moviegoers' opinions of the Farrelly brothers.They find films like Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary either asphyxiatingly funny - or mind-numbing swill.Say It Isn't So is being promoted as the  ...

Shaft

Here comes the NYPD's worst nightmare. Hot on the heels of the uproar over Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin" (New York's Finest are boycotting the Boss's string of Madison Square Garden dates over the song inspired by the Amadou Diallo  ...