Thursday, January 16 2003
A movie of this sort depends on a relentless illogic.
In El Crimen del Padre Amaro, the Catholic Church and its representatives are not immune from earthly corruption and desire.
Friday, January 10 2003
When the movie does work, it's more often than not because of Raymond J. Berry's understated rendering of the assassin as a simple, humorless man.
Thursday, January 9 2003
Its frank observations of love in excess of gender (or even sex) and its postmodern, eclectic style are distinctly reflective of our own present.
Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.
Love Liza wallows in grief and asks its audience to do likewise.
Some movies don't need to be made.
Thursday, January 2 2003
Confronted by one horror after another, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a startlingly original film protagonist.
Thursday, December 26 2002
Molly, Gracie, and Daisy's journey is mythic as much as it is historical.
Watching Chicago is rather like watching a shot-for-TV music video by a neophyte director projected without thought or re-cutting straight to a movie screen.
Steven Spielberg's zippy new film is about the kind of 'truth' that might only be apprehended in its telling.
Thursday, December 19 2002
People keep wanting Sandy Bullock to be sweet and feisty like she was in Speed.
The 25th Hour opens with huge, hard-hitting shots of the March 2002 tribute to the Twin Towers, the towers of light.
It's useful to remember that, offscreen, both good and bad tend to be tricksy.
Daniel Day-Lewis wears a tall stovepipe hat in Martin Scorsese's long-awaited Gangs of New York.
This single-mindedness can feel limited; there's obviously more to Antwone's story than the scenes in which he appears.
Friday, December 13 2002
As Nemesis amply demonstrates, the franchise is getting quite long in the tooth.
This 'ethnic' modification of 'Pretty Woman'-meets-'Working Girl' uses the 'iconic' Lopez strategically.
Max von Sydow paints an empathetic portrait of the terrible consequences of misused power.
Its enthusiasm is hard to resist.