Old News

Reissues dominated, but an international crop of films yielded some good harvest

8. Lagaan The Oscar rules are so insane I'm ignoring them for this one. It would qualify if it hadn't been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film last year; if it had merely been entered but not nominated, it would qualify for all the other awards this year. In effect, it's penalized for having gotten a nomination. (I couldn't make this stuff up.) Certainly the best four-hour musical about cricket you'll ever see.

9. One Hour Photo Robin Williams really is creepy as all get out in Mark Romanek's perfectly controlled thriller, which is maybe too finicky in its attention to design. Still, it's a winner.

10. The Pianist A great director, Roman Polanski, mutes his usual trademarks to deal with the Holocaust (which, of course, he experienced firsthand). This is a film more to admire than enjoy: It's grueling, appropriately enough, but not the kind of thing you want to watch over and over.

The Moore, the unhappier: Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore are Far from Heaven in Todd Haynes' homage to 1950s melodramas.
The Moore, the unhappier: Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore are Far from Heaven in Todd Haynes' homage to 1950s melodramas.

Final cop-out: Every year there's a film that I can't quite make up my mind about. This year, it's the much-lauded About Schmidt, directed by Alexander Payne. Jack Nicholson is great in it, and Payne--channeling Sinclair Lewis, the Coen brothers and Elaine May--seems to be trying to find some dignity in pedestrian lives. Still, it's hard to escape the feeling that his contempt for all his characters, Schmidt included, outweighs his compassion.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
 

Now Showing

Find capsule reviews, showtimes & tickets for all films in town.

Box Office Report

Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!

Loading...