Author: Jules Brenner

Snow Cake

Snow Cake

Turning what might have been an "illness of the week" tragedy into an affecting, entertaining entry for arthouse patrons, director Marc Evans, working from Angela Pell's screenplay, pulls it off in a small-scale way but...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2007

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 29th May 2007

Dirty

Dirty

That's "dirty" as in cops. And that's "cops" as in LAPD. If you wanted to depict this stained organization in the worst possible light, don't bother, it's been done -- to death. And here it...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

De-Lovely

De-Lovely

In a darkened room an elderly man sits at a piano. He's barely outlined by light from a window, his face obscured in shadow. Then, a light fades up, spotlighting him, followed by light everywhere....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Manic

Manic

When troubled teen Lyle (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) goes postal, gets put in restraints, and is commited by his mother to a juvenile mental facility, we get sent there, as well. Suddenly, we're in institutional surroundings...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Schultze Gets the Blues

Schultze Gets the Blues

German writer-director Michael Schorr apparently knows a niche genre with financial potential when he sees one. The first hit film that this title is probably patterned on is Jack Nicholson's About Schmidt, a movie about...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Maria Full of Grace

Maria Full of Grace

If I've ever seen a movie that better produced riveting drama on a low budget with no exaggeration of character or CGI effects, I can't remember it. This is a story whose fascination level rises...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Whale Rider

Whale Rider

Just because a female director sets out to make a female empowerment film doesn't mean it can't be charming while rousing the troops. Writer-director Niki Caro presents this story of a Maori girl in New...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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