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.
The expression on Schmidt's face every time he encounters another crisis does not convey anger, but befuddlement.
Friday, December 6 2002
Each section lingers just a little, as if the characters will have trajectories beyond the minutes you see them.
Careens between fiction and confession, repetition and revelation.
Thursday, December 5 2002
A space opera in touch with its feminine side.
What is the relevance of individual agency in such vast systems as the Nazi war machine or the post-war global arms trade?"
At first, the girls-gone-wild moment is just about driving the supremely inept boys batty with desire.
Hooray for kicking opponents' heads in, fancy wirework, and twirling black topcoats.