Tokyo

Critics rightfully approach movies that are assemblages of shorts by several different directors with caution. Such omnibus pictures are almost always mixed bags by their very design. Producers especially like the triptych related to a theme or genre  ...

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

Wendy and Lucy (2008) Directed by Kelly Reichardt Written by Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond (based on Raymond’s short story Train Choir) Starring: Michelle Williams, Walter Dalton, Will Patton, John Robinson, Will Oldham Run Time: 80 minutes MPAA Rating:  ...

And Baby Makes Two

In Defense of Single-Parent Families (1997), Nancy E. Dowd Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood (1997), Jane Matttes On Our  ...

Bedazzled

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The latest entry from the remake factories is Bedazzled. Taken on its own, it's a lightweight but appealing romp that showcases Brendan Fraser's considerable comedic talents. But compared to  ...

The Bicycle Thief

Set in post-World War II Rome, The Bicycle Thief tells a simple story well, relying for its impact on gritty realism and emotional verity. There are no subplots, there are just a few key characters, the dialogue is the  ...

Billy Elliot

Suggested reading: A Director Calls (1997), Wendy Lesser (about director Stephen Daldry) Billy Elliot wraps a stock formula in a nicely observed script by Lee Hall that avoids the obvious cliches, then adds a charismatic  ...

Les Bonnes Femmes

Donald J Pliner Handbags Infinity Medium Quilted Hobo Claude Chabrol’s Les Bonnes Femmes is a valentine written in poisoned ink, and the cinematic equivalent of Tough Love. It sinks its teeth down to  ...

Breakfast of Champions

What could be funnier than Nick Nolte in a dress? If you answered "Nothing," then run, don't walk, to the nearest theater showing Alan Rudolph's new film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. But be  ...

Celebrity

Suggested reading: Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen (1998), Mary P. Nichols Without Feathers (1990), Woody Allen Perspectives on Woody Allen (Perspectives on Film) (1996), Renee R. Curry (Editor)  ...

Chunhyang

Pansori is a Korean traditional form, songs performed before an audience in a chant/sing-song style that tell a tale--a narrative or epic story that can run for many hours. In his exquisitely wrought new film, Chunhyang, veteran Korean director  ...