Ratcatcher

Lynne Ramsay's debut feature film is a wrenching contrast of elegant film-making with the bleakest of subject matter in unrelievedly grim surroundings. In the slums of Glasgow, by a fetid, polluted canal, 12 year old James Gillespie lives with his parents and his two sisters. As if the squalor  ...

The Realm of Fortune

The Realm of Fortune (El Imperio de la Fortuna) (1986) .. El Imperio de la Fortuna (The Realm of Fortune) is the second film adaptation of a story by one of the masters of Latin American literature, the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo. The story, El Gallo  ...

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 face, it's an allegory so transparent it risks banality. Photographer  ...

Red Planet

Science fiction fans who haven't quite recovered from Battlefield: Earth may want to think twice before taking a trip to Red Planet.. While not quite the debacle of that already notorious dud, this latest voyage into space doesn't exactly fill the soul with wonder. It has the crudely effective  ...

The Red Violin

.. Francois Girard's Thirty Two Short Films About Glen Gould (1993) was a remarkable and fascinating film that explored the complexity of the great pianist through a series of short episodes. Now Girard offers up a very different film that is also made on an episodic structure and in which,  ...

Regret to Inform

Thirty years after the death of her husband in the Viet Nam war, Barbara Sonneborn creates a tribute to his memory in a documentary film, Regret to Inform. It would be easy for the sophisticated viewer to glibly label Regret to Inform an antiwar tract, but an implicit point  ...

Reindeer Games

Jamoca Chocolate Kahlua Cake It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas? Either someone at Dimension Films neglected to flip the last couple of pages on the release calendar or Reindeer Games has been collecting dust on the shelf in  ...

The Replacements

When future civilizations look back to study the nadir that is this year's barren crop of movies, The Replacements will deserve particular scrutiny and scorn. It's a shabby patchwork of a film, one that lip-synchs its way through an old and timeworn situation without any attempt to add something  ...

Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky's 1998 Pi was an edgy and thoughtful effort, a low-budget, black-and-white film that displayed intelligence and unusual promise with a fresh and original look to it. Requiem for a Dream, based on Hubert Selby, Jr.'s novel of the same name, shows some of the same style, but  ...

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 gotten over Leslie (Lauryn Hill). Kenny (Simon Baker-Denny) slept with  ...