Romeo Must Die

Jet Li is a former National Wushu champion in his native China who first appeared on US audiences' radar screens in a major way via some pyrotechnic fights that provided the only interesting parts of 1998's lethargic Lethal Weapon 4. He's been making overwhelmingly popular martial arts films overseas  ...

Rosie

Aranka Coppens, a natural on the screen, plays 13-year-old Rosie, a Belgian girl whose vivid imagination holds our interest throughout this intense and lovely film. Rosie is trying to make sense out of her life and Patrice Toye's debut direction helps make us care. We want to help Rosie  ...

Rosetta

Rosetta, the new film by the Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, is an undeniably major film. It's also nearly unwatchable. The film's difficulty begins in its subject matter. Like its predecessor, 1996's brilliant La Promesse, it details the squalid events in the life of an impoverished  ...

Rules of Engagement

Where movies are concerned, the first few months of the year 2000 call to mind the classic Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati - the one where station manager Arthur Carlson arranges for dozens of live turkeys to be dropped from a helicopter as a promotional event. After the  ...

Run Lola Run

From the amazing opening sequence, before the credits, all the way to the end of the screening when I was standing on my feet shouting and applauding, Run, Lola, Run is a film I could not take my eyes off of. It's too good a movie to be  ...

Runaway Bride

It’s hardly a compliment to say that Runaway Bride is better than Pretty Woman. That odious exercise in bad faith was a romantic comedy so smarmy it required a shower to wash away its stink. It was the nadir of its genre, a film so cynical and manipulative that  ...

Rushmore

...Rushmore had slipped between the cracks for CV until now. It had been on our list of movies to catch up with since it opened a couple of months back and developed a certain buzz - at least in some quarters. I mean there are so many checks next to  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2001

Longtime attendees of the annual South by Southwest festival may not have recognized their host city this year. There are so many closed-off roads and buildings in various stages of construction and destruction these days, visitors could be forgiven for thinking they'd accidentally deplaned in Beirut rather than Austin,  ...

SXSW Film Festival 2000

For one week each March, South by Southwest becomes the Festival That Ate Austin, Texas. Originally conceived as a music conference - it is often referred to as "spring break for the record industry" - SXSW has expanded into film and interactive media in recent years. And while the  ...

Same Old Song

After sixty years of moviemaking, Alain Resnais remains an innovator. His Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) played with time and place as it explored the intimate relationship between a pair of lovers within the context of the war. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) was a New Wave film like no  ...