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  ...

Sugar Town

It's a perversely satisfying thrill to see a movie about rock and roll has-beens starring two fallen teen idols (Duran Duran's John Taylor and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp), a could've-been (X's John Doe) and a never-was-but-at-least-I-married-a-famous-groupie (Michael Des Barres). With anyone but Allison Anders at the helm, Sugar Town  ...

Summer of Sam

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com In the summer of 1977, the City of New York underwent a massive nervous breakdown. A heat wave hit the city and broiled its citizens on the sidewalks. A power blackout created a looter’s wet-dream, and thousands were arrested  ...

Sunset Boulevard

Even fifty years ago, it seems Hollywood's best days were already behind it. Los Angeles is a city that has been haunted by its past for nearly the entire length of its existence, and Sunset Boulevard is still its quintessential ghost story. Half a century later, Billy Wilder's masterpiece  ...

Sunshine

"Sunshine" is the translation of a markedly Jewish family name, Sonnenschein, and it is also the name of the elixir ("A Taste of Sunshine") which makes this fictional family's fortune in late nineteenth century Hungary. Academy Award winning Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Mephisto, Meeting Venus) also penned the script  ...