The Son (Le Fils)

Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have dazzled serious critics with their austere, character-driven movies. Their current entry, The Son, like Rosetta before it, is not an easy film to watch, but it rewards the patient viewer amply by  ...

Sunset Boulevard

Even fifty years ago, it seems Hollywood's best days were already behind it. Los Angeles is a city that has been haunted by its past for nearly the entire length of its existence, and Sunset Boulevard is still its  ...

The Third Miracle

In The Third Miracle, director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa, The Secret Garden) attempts to breathe new life into a character that has never worked very well anyway – the Catholic priest torn by religious doubt. Father Frank Shore (Ed  ...

The Way of the Gun

The fact that American cinema hasn’t quite hit rock-bottom doesn’t stop our directors from trying to get there, and the latest diving bell is Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial debut The Way of the Gun. A threepenny opera of lurid plot turns,  ...

The Whole Nine Yards

Suggested reading: Club Fed: A True Story of Life, Lies, and Crime in the Federal Witness Protection Program (1998), Clifford L Linedecker It may be only February, but The Whole Nine Yards  ...

With a Friend Like Harry

On its surface Dominik Moll’s With A Friend Like Harry looks like a European cousin of those lover/housemate/babysitter-from-Hell movies that took over Hollywood in the early ’90s, in which a malignant sociopath would enter the lives of normal people  ...

Yellow Submarine

California Poppy 25X Resin Extract California Poppy has the reputation of being a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy, though it is less powerful. California poppy is a traditional mild, relaxing smoke – but not that mild –  ...

culturevulture.net – review

The Blood Of My Brother (2005) www.storytellerinc.com It seems only yesterday that I told two of my Palestinian friends, Ramiz and Joe, that our making war on Iraq again would open Pandora's box, and  ...

Le Petit Lieutenant

  Le Petit Lieutenant is an absorbing French police procedural drama that follows the initiation of a young lieutenant into a Paris plain-clothes detective unit. Antoine Derouère (Jalil Lespert) is an amiable, naïve, yet ambitious police academy graduate from  ...