American Psycho

American Psycho tips its hand very early on when the camera pans across a table that’s laden with posh dinnerware and exotic dishes. It doesn’t matter what the setting is, the meaning of this shot is always the same,  ...

Arlington Road

Arlington Road has a witty conceit buried beneath its layers of emotional sogginess and shock effects: the idea that domestic terrorists are otherwise normal citizens who, by quietly indoctrinating newcomers and their own young, may someday take control  ...

Battlefield Earth

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In a crucial moment near the climax of Battlefield Earth, a ragtag band of humans, having escaped their alien overlords, make their way to the Ft.  ...

BookWars

Most documentary films focus on facts more than style - the messages they deliver tend to be more stark and powerful than any directorial tricks that can be applied to them. BookWars is different. More tone poem than polemic,  ...

The Circle

As the main titles run on a plain black screen, the soundtrack of The Circle blares the anguished screams of a woman in labor. It's the only voiced scream that is heard in this moving and bitterly bleak film  ...

Desert Blue

You can try to find Baxter, California, in your road atlas, but you’ll come up short if you do. Baxter is the fictional setting of some oddly moving events in Desert Blue, the new film from writer-director Morgan  ...

The Dish

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com It's not hyperbole to say that the entire world held its collective breath in support of a common cause on July 20, 1969. Those old enough to have  ...

Double Jeopardy

It wouldn't be fair to say that the trailers and TV ads for the staggeringly preposterous new thriller Double Jeopardy give away every surprise in the film. After all, that would imply that there actually are some surprises to  ...

George Washington

George Washington opens with two youngsters, barely into their teens, in conversation. Nasia (Candace Evanofski) is breaking up with Buddy (Curtis Cotton III), who is still crazy about her. "Did you think we were going to be together forever?"  ...

Gladiator

the official illustrated companion book Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a bipolar movie, a spectacle that's against spectacles. It's a sporadically absorbing film with a handful of classy performances, but it has a schoolmarm's chiding temperament;  ...