Mumford

Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford is a well-tuned vehicle with no destination. It is not funny enough to be a comedy, not serious enough to be a drama, and not deep enough to be much more than a slick two-hanky Hollywood  ...

The Mummy Returns

The title says it all: the mummy returns, bringing with him the Curse of the Summer Movie Sequel. Those who enjoyed 1999's The Mummy are unlikely to be disappointed, as this return engagement by the ancient Egyptian Imhotep plays  ...

Pleasantville

When CV sees a movie like Pleasantville, we get a little worried about slipping into a double standard, on the one hand, and preaching condescendingly, on the other. We don't want to do either, but movies like this  ...

The Producers

Moviegoers who think that Mel Brooks' zenith as a filmmaker was marked by flatulence around a campfire, or that the Farrelly Brothers invented the "do anything for a laugh, no matter how offensive" philosophy need to investigate The Producers.  ...

Ran

Akira Kurosawa was a prolific director, creating 31 films over a half century. Whether working on an intimate scale (Ikiru, 1952) or in epic mode (The Seven Samurai, 1954), he was profound in his observations, skilled at storytelling, and  ...

Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

“I liked you, Macaroni,” the gangster tells a comrade who’s made a fatal slip-up in Rififi, “but you know the rules.” Indeed, every moviegoer in the world understands the rules in Jules Dassin’s 1955 crime classic. But Rififi (the  ...

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love has been lavished with an extraordinarily talented creative group. CV loved director John Madden's earlier films, Mrs. Brown and the sadly underrated, extremely powerful Ethan Frome, both rather serious films. Here Mr. Madden brings his skills  ...

Sidewalks of New York

Individually Hand Dyed Mesh Silk Kimono Top in Orange and Black Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She's The One) wrote, produced, directed, and stars in Sidewalks of New York and he acquits himself in  ...

The Skulls

The Order of the Skull and Bones is a secret society founded at Yale University in the early 1800's. Legend has it that only 15 students per year are plucked from the top ranks of the junior class to  ...

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  ...