Splendor

Protect against West Nile Virus! FDA recommends products with DEET for best protection Off! Insect Repellent II, Aerosol, Unscented - 14.25% DEET In Gregg Araki's new romantic comedy, Splendor, Kathleen Robertson stars as Veronica, a girl from the suburbs looking to  ...

Spring Forward

Spring Forward is a small, independently made film, without special effects or gimmickry, that offers an intelligent script and first rate performances. Like You Can Count on Me, it is centered with solidly developed characterizations and the characters have quirky individuality. Paul (Liev Schreiber) has just been paroled  ...

Stardom

As Andy Warhol’s quote about everyone being famous for fifteen minutes proves ever more prophetic, media satirists are faced with a conundrum: How do you satirize something that teeters so closely to self-parody ? The (sur)reality of media-driven celebrity, a multi-lensed beast that can gloss worldwide fame onto virtually  ...

State and Main

It's become something of a rite of passage for maverick filmmakers: biting the hand that feeds them. Sooner or later, whether it's Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) or Robert Altman (The Player) or the Coen Brothers (Barton Fink), they all get around to crafting their own versions of the  ...

Steam

Hamam is an engaging film, telling a solid story and developing interesting characters. This is a film that, as my viewing companion offered in praise, doesn't announce its themes with fanfare, but, rather, leaves it to the viewer to take the material on the screen and find within  ...

Stir of Echoes

Children who communicate with the dead are turning up with increasing frequency at the multiplex these days. The surprise late summer hit The Sixth Sense continues to haunt theaters, and young star Haley Joel Osment's extraordinary performance as the sad, whispery kid who sees ghosts everywhere he goes is  ...

The Story of Us

When the biggest laugh from a sympathetic audience is elicited by voice shtick - Rita Wilson's voice rising out of control into upper registers - you know Rob Reiner is in trouble. No one could have anticipated that his new film, The Story of Us, would be released on  ...

Stolen Kisses

Francois Truffaut’s charming 1968 romantic comedy, Stolen Kisses, opened in France four months after the paralyzing May strikes by students and workers that nearly succeeded in toppling the government of President Charles de Gaulle. The film was so thoroughly out of step with the radicalized cultural scene into which  ...

The Straight Story

Whoever thought that David Lynch would make the first art-house Disney film? In one of the strangest turns of this strange cinematic year, Lynch has given us The Straight Story, a picture not only released by Walt Disney Pictures, but one whose general outline resembles traditional Disney fare. The  ...