A homophobic Israeli assassin insinuates himself into the life of a former SS officer's gay grandson in hopes of learning the Nazi's location in a well-intentioned but ultimately simplistic plea for tolerance all around.
Joaquin Phoenix is terrific as the musician Johnny Cash, whose rise, fall, and resurrection we watch as he does the Benzedrine 12-step in order to earn the love of country-and-gospel sasspot June Carter.
Based on a Nicholas Sparks' novel, A Walk to Remember starts out gloriously, with the title credits pounding out over the Breeders' “Cannonball” and its infectious opening riff that never fails to get the blood pumping. ...
Walkabout (1971, 100 min., NR)
Roeg's second film has become something of a cult classic. The story centers on two British children stranded in the Australian desert who are led back to civilization by an Aboriginal male. The fascination of the movie comes from the cultural collision that also carries a sexually charged undercurrent.
Woody Harrelson stars as a professional escort for political wives in this Paul Schrader movie about sex, murder, scandal, and adultery in Washington, D.C.
Although it took first-time writer/director Nicole Holofcener five years to get Walking and Talking to theatres, this film is definitely worth the wait. Rarely does a first film depict characters who seem so comfortably familiar, and ...
Hyped as the “first film to accurately portray the plight of African-American soldiers in Vietnam,” The Walking Dead instead comes across as a straight-ahead, cookie-cutter festival of war film clichés, tossing in everything from belligerent D.I.s ...
Contemporary remake of the 1973 grassroots classic retains and updates the basic plot while losing much of the original’s heart and soul.
This visually ambitious animated film looks promising until its corny plot gets going.
Oliver Stone delivers an enlivening and wickedly entertaining take on the occasional angels and plentiful demons that have run the country into financial ruin.
WALL-E (2008, 97 min., G)
By turns sad, hilarious, exciting, and ultimately, hopeful, this is a film of Great Truths masquerading as child's play.
This new animated comedy is a brilliantly conceived and executed bit of Brit wit, perfect for both kids and their parents and anyone even remotely interested in laughing themselves silly.
Despite the prominent billing they're given in the movie's title, only one episode here features that increasingly popular duo known as Wallace and Gromit, but don't let that keep you from seeing this fine collection of ...
This Israeli filmmaker creates a dreamy, animated psycho-documentary about his attempt to recall buried memories of his participation in a massacre while serving in the military.
A downsized Manhattan couple played by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd stumble into a modern hippie commune and begin to reassess their goals in life.
Wanted (2008, 110 min., R)
Based on Mark Millar’s ultraviolent comic-book miniseries, Wanted isn’t so much a movie as it is a parade of fast cars, big guns, heavy metal guitars, exposed cleavage, and tests of masculinity.
War (2007, 91 min., R)
Jet Li and Jason Statham spar and provoke all-out war among the Asian mobs.
It's one of those terrific behind-the-scenes snafus Hollywood manages to pull on occasion: a major studio fails to give any significant marketing push to a small, powerfully affecting film, partly because they're not sure how to ...
War Dance (2007, 105 min., PG-13)
In this acclaimed documentary, Ugandan schoolchildren, victims of the brutal 20-year civil war, compete in a national dance contest.
War Horse (2011, 146 min., PG-13)
A stylistic throwback to classic studio movies, Spielberg's film about war as seen through a horse's experience of it rarely rises to the occasion.
War, Inc. (2008, 107 min., R)
John Cusack's War, Inc. rails against the military-industrial complex in a barely disguised contemporary story about covert operations.
Spielberg and the gang at Industrial Light & Magic have knocked the ball not only out of the park but out of Earth orbit as well.
It's nearly impossible to know how to react to this film. On the one hand, the current military ramp-up renders this documentary about James Nachtwey -- quite possibly the greatest living war photographer ever -- excruciatingly ...
Political campaigns and cinema vérité make strange bedfellows. Spin doctoring and strategic planning seem at odds with the documentarian's reveal-all approach to filmmaking. Given these inherent tensions, it's no surprise that the hand-held cameras of husband ...
As raw and disturbing as it is wry and satirical, this film gives voice to U.S. National Guard soldiers in Iraq.
This fiction film, in which the lead character is but one cog in a plot to detonate a series of bombs in New York City, portrays a terrorist’s point of view in a jarringly matter-of-fact manner.
Fair warning: The War Zone can be excruciating to watch. Dealing as it does with incest and the tribulations brought unto a tightly knit British family in their wind-and-rainswept Devon farmhouse, it can be a harsh ...
To paraphrase an old slogan: The War is not healthy for children or other movie-goers. Despite its no-doubt good intentions and its wholesome PG-13 rating, The War is a meandering mish-mash of empty symbols and signposts. ...
The Ward (2011, 88 min., R)
A dead patient stalks the residents of a psychiatric facility in Carpenter's first film in 10 years.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Julian Sands? Swooping around like some hell-bent Peter Pan, the grim-faced Sands must have been possessed to allow himself to look as ridiculous as he does in Warlock, a moderately ...