Alan Stone on Film
Do the Right Thing.
Stranger Than Fiction.
Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's
Ang Lees Brokeback Mountain.
Pride and Prejudice.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped.
Arnaud Desplechin's Kings
Clint Eastwoods Million Dollar Baby.
The Merchant of Venice.
For God and Country
Henry V and nationalism.
The End of Remorse?
Mel Gibsons The Passion of Christ.
A Good Look
Thomas McCarthy's The Station Agent.
Catherine Hardwickes Thirteen.
Sweet Sixteen and Raising Victor Vargas.
Michael Moores Bowling for Columbine.
Twenty-first Century Woolf
Scott Rudins The Hours.
Reconsidering The Battle of Algiers.
Zhang Yimou loses his muse with Happy Times.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing offers
characters worth believing in.
Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers makes a virtue out
of political naïveté.
Intimacy Patrice Chereau's controversial film of obsession
A Beautiful Mind and Hollywood's romance with mental illness.
Dancer in the Dark is an all-out assault on the values
of commericial film.
Thirteen Days is a moving recreation of the Cuban Missile
Crisis, especially when you knew the principals.
The Luzhin Defence ruins a clever Nabokov novel.
Yimou's Long Road Home
The personal and aesthetic odyssey of China's premiere director.
A Czech film explores human cruely and the possibility of forgiveness.
American Beauty and Elaine Scarry look for aesthetic experience
in unexpected places.
Julie Taymor resurrects the despised Titus Andronicus.
Girl, Interrupted is a banal representation of Susanna
Kaysen's ironic memoir.
Michael Almereyda's Hamlet is--surprise!--serious Shakespeare.
Shower allows you to understand, for a moment, what it
feels like to be a saint.
Beloved suffers from its own artistic pretensions.
Life is Beautiful turned the Holocaust into a sentimental
The Autumn Tale finds a world of beauty in the lives of
The Phantom Menace betrays one generation, enchants another.
Artist as Survivor
King of Masks as an allegory about the possibility of human
James at the Movies
With a decadent sensuality, The Wings of the Dovereaches
for the galleries.
Toad and the Butterfly
Mike van Diem's Character.
A humorless new Lolita mistakes satire for tragedy.
Filled with echoes of Bill and Monica, The Governess takes
the law and politics out of sex.
Goes to Hollywood
Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient,a postmodern meditation
on identity and history, has become a visually stunning romantic
A brilliant new Hamlet celebrates the awesome joy of Shakespeare's
poetry, and its moral depth.
A high-culture docudrama presents a profoundly misleading portrait
of mental disorder.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement raises disturbing questions
about the government's conduct both during the stand-off and after
its fiery end.
Ma Vie en Rose-- a film with no romance, no aliens, and
no famous stars -- provides a new understanding of human sexuality.
Jane Austen's funniest book; Emma Thompson's greatest triumph.
Oliver Parker's sexual thriller suffers from the presence of Shakespeare's
racial sensibilities and the absence of his poetry.
Antonia's Line reimagines life after patriarchy.
Prophet of Hope
With Lone Star, John Sayles has given compelling artistic
life to his moral sensibility.
is the Life? (on Mike Leigh)
In Secrets & Lies, a master of British working-class
psychodrama reveals a sentimental faith in healing.
With his personal antics intruding on his comic identity, Woody
Allen may be losing his touch.
Sure, Tarantino gleefully throws around the blood and the brains,
but his brilliant dialogue deflates the violent clichés
of most Hollywood movies.
Moment of Truth
Fellini's last great film has baffled a generation of critics.
Alan Stone explains why.
Burnt by the Sun is a remarkable film with one large flaw
-- it sentimentalizes Stalinism.
The film redeems modern sensibilities -- and trashes Jane Austen's
Jane Campion has turned her hand from interpreting fables to making
them. A review of her latest film.
A review of Schindler's List.
Lee: Looking Back
Crooklyn was a disaster. What has happened to the Spike
Lee who made She's Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing?
Neil Jordan's The Crying Game.
Zhang Yimou's The Story of Qiu Ju.
A review of Claude Sautet's Un Coeur en Hiver.