Space Cowboys

On the surface Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys looks like a frivolous chemistry experiment: What will happen if four dissimilar icons are squashed into a single motion picture and have to meld their styles together? Working overtime, Eastwood not  ...

The Straight Story

Whoever thought that David Lynch would make the first art-house Disney film? In one of the strangest turns of this strange cinematic year, Lynch has given us The Straight Story, a picture not only released by Walt Disney Pictures,  ...

A Thousand Clowns

Murray Burns is an arrested adolescent, constantly declaring his own holiday (Irving R. Feldman's birthday) so that he can play hooky to fly kites, wave goodbye to departing ocean liners, and take to the streets at dawn to exhort  ...

Titus

Julie Taymor is a designer/director with a primarily theatrical background in which her interests in puppetry, masks, and design have blossomed into stage experiences of visual spectacle. Her breakthrough to mainstream recognition was provided by none other than the  ...

U-571

U-571 is a hybrid. While shot in color and using ample amounts of 21st century technology, it's basically a 1940s film - one that the World War II Office of War Information would have readily approved. It's a testosterone-fest  ...

The Upside of Anger

Let's get the griping out of the way first, shall we? Writer/director Mike Binder structures The Upside of Anger as a flashback, in this case a gratuitous and leaden device which adds absolutely nothing to his film. His second  ...

The War Zone

The War Zone is dark, bleak and profoundly painful to watch. How could a film focused honestly on the subject of incestuous parental abuse be otherwise? The War Zone is also one of the most beautifully made films of  ...

West Beirut

Ziad Doueiri worked as a cameraman in a dozen films, including Quentin Tarantino's hits Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. But his debut film as writer/director, West Beirut, is an original, all his own and straight from the heart. A  ...

The Wind Will Carry Us

Fellini, Mizoguchi, Bergman, Renoir, Ozu, Antonioni, Bresson: canon-worthy filmmakers whose very names elicit, like a primitive nickelodeon, images and impressions that flicker before your mind’s eye. There’s only one filmmaker working today who generates that response: Abbias Kiarostami.  ...

The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough is the nineteenth film based on the Ian Fleming character, James Bond. You would have to be a hermit on Mars not to have at least some familiarity with Agent 007 (in Her Majesty's  ...