The Wood

Better than the average bear, as Yogi used to say. In The Wood, the tried-and-true nostalgic high school buddy movie formula is in full swing, but because the script is intelligent, the acting energetic and the dialogue for the most part decently written, there is substance given to the  ...

The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough is the nineteenth film based on the Ian Fleming character, James Bond. You would have to be a hermit on Mars not to have at least some familiarity with Agent 007 (in Her Majesty's Secret Service), a character as ingrained in the contemporary cultural  ...

X-Men

Adapting a film from a comic book presents filmmakers with a dilemma. Unless the comic's characters are familiar, like Superman or Batman, non-enthusiasts need background to understand the story and get involved. But taking time to bring neophytes up to speed only serves to bore avid fans, taking valuable  ...

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, actress Joan Chen’s directorial debut, is a restrained and heartfelt work about the tenacity of youthful dreams and the finality of their demise. Near the end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, China’s "Educated Youth" were exiled from their city homes and  ...

The Yards

The Yards are the train yards of the New York City Transit authority where subway cars are maintained and repaired, often by private contractors who competitively bid for the work. It's a system ripe with possibilities for graft and James Gray's film skillfully shows the rivalries, the deal-making, the  ...

Yellow Submarine

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Yi Yi

The critic William Pechter once wrote this about Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner: Nothing much happens, except that some people, the place they inhabit, and the quality of their lives are brought vividly before us. Which is to say that everything happens. At the end, as in a good  ...

You Can Count on Me

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You’ve Got Mail

Capri Pant Zipper fly front with black vinyl stripes waistband and leg opening. Slash pockets with metal studs. You've Got Mail is Nora Ephron's remake of the 1940 film, The Shop Around the Corner, which CV confesses, with a blush, not to  ...

The Life of emile Zola

. .Great fiction and great films, it seems to CV, must have at their core a wonderful story, a strong narrative with driving force. Mood pieces or pure character studies can take us only so far; unless the viewer wants to know what is going to happen next, more often  ...