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  ...

Return With Honor

Prisoner of War: Six Years in Hanoi (1975), John M. McGrath A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and the Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam (1999), Lewis Sorley Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History (1998), B.  ...

Return to Me

Here's a movie with heart. Literally. Return to Me features what may be the ickiest romantic comedy premise since Harold and Maude - one that takes the sap-drenched Titanic ballad "My Heart Will Go On" at face value. Director and co-writer Bonnie Hunt starred in CBS's short-lived "Bonnie Hunt  ...

Ride with the Devil

Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil is a film of monumental ambition. It attempts no less than to reinvent the Civil War film. Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind are among the defining works of the American cinema, epic both in scale and in  ...

Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

“I liked you, Macaroni,” the gangster tells a comrade who’s made a fatal slip-up in Rififi, “but you know the rules.” Indeed, every moviegoer in the world understands the rules in Jules Dassin’s 1955 crime classic. But Rififi (the word can be roughly translated as “fracas”) is more than  ...

Ride the High Country

Sam Peckinpah was 36 years old when he made Ride the High Country, but it feels like the work of a man who’s somewhat farther along in years. That’s not because the film speaks so knowingly about the difficulties of aging (though it does that in spades), but because of  ...