Monsieur Hire

Monsieur Hire is a detective story that utterly transcends the genre. The elements of the detective story are all there: a crime (the murder of a 22 year old girl), a cop (unlikable, meanly intrusive), a suspect (Monsieur Hire  ...

My Name is Joe

. CV has been a Ken Loach fan for some time now, remembering not only his films focused on the lives of working class people (Riff-Raff, Ladybird Ladybird) but also his fine Spanish Civil War movie, Land and Freedom.  ...

Praise

Bali Silver Accents with Garnet and Fuchia Swarovski Crystal Bracelet Praise takes place in an anonymous corner of Brisbane, Australia. The main setting is a flophouse whose wrought-iron balconies suggest New Orleans, and whose inhabitants  ...

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window - made in 1954 and just restored for re-release - is a miraculous film. It's a witty, sexy, supremely entertaining thriller. It's also the most provocative meditation on moviegoing ever made. On its  ...

Restaurant

Chris, Jeanine, Kenny, Reggae, Quincy and Nancy work at an upscale restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey, across the river from New York City. Leslie used to work there. Chris (Adrien Brody) likes Jeanine (Elise Neal) but hasn't really  ...

Seventh Heaven

Suggested reading: The Western Guide to Feng Shui - Creating Balance, Harmony,and Prosperity in Your Environment (1996), Terah Kathryn Collins Feng Shui: The Book of Cures-150 Simple Solutions for Health andHappiness in Your Home  ...

Solomon and Gaenor

Solomon and Gaenor is a first feature film for writer/director Paul Morrison, a documentarian crossing over to romantic drama. Morrison brings a fine director's eye to this production; the experience of his earlier filmmaking shows in his knowing use  ...

Southpaw

Southpaw is a sane and modest movie. In this no-nonsense documentary about a young Irish boxer, director Liam McGrath seems to have taken the simplicity of his subject to heart, and given us an engaging and resolutely unassuming picture.  ...

Sweet and Lowdown

Suggested reading: Woody Allen: A Biography (1999), John Baxter Django's Gypsies: The Mystique of Django Reinhardt and His People - A Unique Collection of Photographs, Illustrations, Memorabilia and Quotations (1997), Ian Cruickshank  ...

Tea with Mussolini

Franco Zeffirelli has been around a long time, involved in film making for fifty years, directing opera, sometimes combining the two. When he does Shakespeare, he is a "popularizer," as Roger Ebert put it. Zeffirelli's film versions of Hamlet  ...