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Luther

Luther

Historical dramas that take liberties with the source material and add fictional elements often do better as exciting cinema. Witness Gladiator, a movie that created its own hero while fitting his exploits into the framework...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo

The bird to which the title refers is not one of the warbling kind. It applies to a rare individual: a Finnish army sniper in the last days of World War II, considered by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Tracker

The Tracker

Men will go to great lengths to pursue justice. The quest for it in this film raises the question... whose justice? Is this the justice of the white man of Australia when a black is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Butterfly (2002)

The Butterfly (2002)

First there was that disparate-age buddy movie, Monsieur Ibrahim, in which an older man and a boy pair up. Now, before Ibrahim is out of theatres comes another in the bonding genre. It's still a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Love Song For Bobby Long

A Love Song For Bobby Long

In a year-end blitz of small films about dysfunctional, broken families (e.g., Around the Bend) comes this variation on the theme set in a tacky section of New Orleans. While a confident cast ultimately makes...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Last Shot

The Last Shot

This is a sometimes hilarious sometimes flat takeoff on the allure of Hollywood make believe and the mystical green light of production. As a spoof of inside customs and practices of the film industry, it's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

This film lives up entirely to its title. The events are as follows: Death of parents by fire, three siblings turned into victims of their closest relative, deception, escapes, disguises, greed, murder attempted and accomplished,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

Why anyone thought this title suitable for a complex romantic thriller I can only guess: The central character, the flighty, ravishing Gilda Bessé (Charlize Theron), has no concern for anything that limits her pleasures and,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Japanese Story

Japanese Story

Here's a textbook example of going into production without a finished script. The superficial character development and structural defects in this Australian romantic adventure suggest that it was made from a bare outline and smacks...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Silver City

Silver City

What are they using on the moviemaking plantation this election year to have produced such a bumper crop of Democrat-leaning political films? The fertile harvest may have something to do with outright fear of a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

It seems like every six months PBS or network TV does a story on chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov and his defining moment playing against Big Blue, an IBM computer. Now we have a full-fledged documentary,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mean Creek

Mean Creek

This is a debut film of some earnestness that latches into a theme of natural and immediate dramatic interest: revenge on the bully. Though first time writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes attempts to provide complexities and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Open Hearts

Open Hearts

Anyone who has suffered the pain in the gut after the loss of a loved one will have a special connection to this story coming to us from Denmark. Loss can have many meanings...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper

This film, which seems to have started out as a condemnation of border patrol practices along the California-Mexico line, gets sidetracked and becomes a rather muddled message about how illegals may wind up as slave...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon

What a shock: There's licentious sex going on up here in the Hollywood Hills. I say "up here" because Laurel Canyon, Sunset Blvd., etc. is my 'hood. So, to those who might take...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

How Arnold Won the West

How Arnold Won the West

The California election season of 2004 was the closest thing to a political earthquake that the free world has witnessed. The upheaval came about as a too-shrewd Republican operator saw a way to take advantage...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Touching the Void

Touching the Void

If you need convincing about the virtues of good conditioning, see this documentary. Without its subjects' extreme fitness the outcome of this mountaineering adventure would have been far different, more disastrous, and likely not told.But...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Made-Up

Made-Up

There's no reason making a movie can't be a family affair, especially when there's an out-of-work actress in the bunch. But, then, you have to start wondering if maybe the motivation behind the project was...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Heart of Me

The Heart of Me

The British love their melodramas. The makers of this one seem to have lost sight of when having too much of it becomes boring and burdensome. Based on a 1953 novel called The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

City Of Ghosts

City Of Ghosts

Lest you think all actors are suddenly turning into directors, (as in George Clooney's 2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) let me point out that it's not a new phenomenon (Kenneth Branagh's 1989 Dead Again)....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hero (2002)

Hero (2002)

After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films, writer-director Zhang Yimou embraces the aerodynamic action of digitally enhanced kung fu swordplay made famous in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

In 1965 Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo made this film tracing the efforts of the native population in Algeria, the 2nd largest nation in Africa, to rise up and liberate themselves after their French colonialist masters...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mondovino

Mondovino

More is less in this vineyard of excess. Documentarian Jonathan Nossiter would have been well advised not to use every frame of his extensive interview footage from seven countries as though they were perfect grapes.Nossiter,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Carandiru

Carandiru

From Brazil comes this introduction to the notorious Carandiru House of Detention in Sao Paolo where we meet an assortment of criminal dudes (and dudettes) living their life in a place where the con boss...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kaena: The Prophecy

Kaena: The Prophecy

This feature-length CGI-animated 3-D film, a first for France, is startling in its design of a vine and root enveloped world whose spaces and shapes are the stuff of ghoulish visions and eerie nightmares. The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Starting out as a cunning variation on the crime thriller, this medieval mystery (set in England at the end of the 14th century) moves with dramatic vigor and an engrossing build. Too bad it gets...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World starts off in the style of a dream, with impressionistic sets that are obviously stage props, grainy, low resolution black and white images obscured even further by fog or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Love Me If You Dare

Love Me If You Dare

The enemy of the protagonist-lovers in this fateful love story is not their feuding families as in Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but each other. The instrument of injury isn't a knife but a game....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Jimmy (Robert Carlyle) is a low-life criminal who abandoned wife and child. It's been three years since he ran out on them and, one morning, he sees wife Shirley (Shirley Henderson) on a TV chat...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

World Traveler

World Traveler

On the road with Billy Crudup may be an adventure for some, but this plodding, episodic series of ministories, held together by miles and miles of unending miles and miles won't do it for everyone....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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