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A Moment of Innocence
While Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is no stranger to long, long shots gazing down long, long roads for a long, long time, he also knows how to tell a story.

Feb. 28, 2003 Screens Review by Rachel Proctor May

The Swimmer (1968)
Like the movie, Burt Lancaster's title character -- an aging suburbanite who one day decides, on an afternoon lark, to "swim home" pool-to-pool through the back yards of his friends -- starts out lightly charming us, only to plunge into darker waters.

Feb. 21, 2003 Screens Review by Will Robinson Sheff

Arizona Dream (1993)
Johnny Depp plays Axel Blackmar, a guy who talks to fish, dreams of the Arctic, and sure as hell isn't going to take over the Cadillac dealership his Uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis!) owns.

Feb. 14, 2003 Screens Review by Sam Hurwitt

Video Reviews

Feb. 7, 2003 Screens Review by Steve Uhler

Thunder Road
This film no doubt planted the seeds for more good ol' boy action pics, but Mitchum's story and charismatic screen presence make Thunder Road a ride to remember.

Jan. 31, 2003 Screens Review by Mike Emery

The President's Analyst (1967)
The young, strong James Coburn was at the absolute height of his own particular cool in The President's Analyst, a film that warrants second-breath mention behind The Graduate and even Dr. Strangelove as a monumental Sixties improvisational comedy.

Jan. 24, 2003 Screens Review by Shawn Badgley

Sheba Baby
Not long after starring in two of the wildest blaxploitation films of all time -- Coffy and Foxy Brown -- Grier's career went in a much tamer direction.

Jan. 17, 2003 Screens Review by Mike Emery

Stormy Weather (1943)
The rags-to-riches storyline is mere pretext for the musical numbers but oh my stars and garters, what musical numbers.

Dec. 27, 2002 Screens Review by Sam Hurwitt

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
There is plenty of bad and ugly to go along with the good, yet each character in Sergio Leone's American opus seems to live inside a cinematic glass orb in which his virtue and his vice settle like snowflakes around an elegy to himself.

Dec. 20, 2002 Screens Review by Alexander Marcus

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
If the point is to see if Miss Swank can act in a dress, the jury's still out. Otherwise, this historical drama is just shy of fabulous.

Dec. 13, 2002 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Shock Corridor (1963)
"Ever since my voice changed, I wanted to be in the company of the newspaper greats," thinks investigative reporter Johnny Barrett to himself early on in Fuller's predecessor to The Naked Kiss. "And this long corridor is the magic highway to the Pulitzer Prize."

Dec. 6, 2002 Screens Review by Shawn Badgley

Pillow Talk (1959)
Doris Day, the Sixties' most popular professional virgin, croons over the opening credits that "there must be a pillow-talkin' boy for me." Boy, was there ever, and his name was Rock Hudson.

Nov. 29, 2002 Screens Review by Kimberley Jones

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Fassbinder's grimy Berliner sensibility coats the bare bones of Sirk's original tale in a slick sheen of weary cynicism and pits true love against societal mores in a battle to the bitter end.

Nov. 22, 2002 Screens Review by Marc Savlov

Ride in the Whirlwind
Hellman's cult uses Western frontier justice to reflect the political climate of the mid-Sixties.

Nov. 15, 2002 Screens Review by Eli Kooris

Daughters of Darkness
Eurotrash, with teeth.

Nov. 1, 2002 Screens Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

I Married a Witch
Sexy and enduringly bewitching, 1942's I Married a Witch is a four-star Hollywood incantation.

Oct. 25, 2002 Screens Review by Raoul Hernandez

The Burmese Harp
History, they say, is written by the victors, so it can be enlightening to revisit it through the eyes of the vanquished --as is the case in this affecting post-war drama.

Oct. 18, 2002 Screens Review by Sam Hurwitt

King Rat (1965)
King Rat is a terribly honest and brutally realistic film about WWII P.O.W.s -- a perfect counter to its story of terribly dishonest people living in brutal times.

Oct. 4, 2002 Screens Review by Eli Kooris

Angel Heart (1987)
If one were to graph Mickey Rourke's career, one would find the peak way back in the mid-Eighties, back when Rourke was an A-list actor who actually starred in films rather than randomly popped up, as he does these days, as a weathered cameo player swallowing his bit parts whole. Somewhere on the summit of that peak sits Angel Heart.

Sept. 20, 2002 Screens Review by Eli Kooris

American Pop
Ralph Bakshi, the animator behind Fritz the Cat, didn't invent rotoscoping, but he made it poetically epic with 1981's American Pop.

Sept. 6, 2002 Screens Review by Henri Mazza

Alternative and Independent Video

Sept. 3, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Umberto D.
Of the more than 30 films directed by neo-realist auteur Vittorio De Sica, this was his own favorite.

Aug. 30, 2002 Screens Review by Marrit Ingman

Written on the Wind
Pure camp, with a capital C.

Aug. 23, 2002 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Black Orpheus (1959)
Bossa nova and an wonderful spin on a timeless Greek tragedy make Black Orpheus a keeper.

Aug. 16, 2002 Screens Review by Eli Kooris

Video Reviews

Aug. 2, 2002 Screens Review by Will Robinson Sheff

Fame
Fame, a fictionalized but not entirely glamorized look at the High School for Performing Arts in New York, requires a complete suspension of belief, but once suspended, it's as easy to swallow as ice cream.

July 26, 2002 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Strategic Air Command
In his seventh starring turn with noted alpha-male auteur Anthony Mann, Jimmy Stewart is aging third baseman "Dutch" Holland -- 152 RBI last season and a brand-new $70,000 contract, to boot -- whose country wants him back in the USAF.

July 19, 2002 Screens Review by Shawn Badgley

King Creole
The seedy tragimusical King Creole counts as a turning point for both its legendary star, Elvis Presley, and its director, Michael Curtiz, the man who made a little film nearly two decades prior called Casablanca.

July 12, 2002 Screens Review by Eli Kooris

3:10 to Yuma
Based on an Elmore Leonard story, this 1957 Western is a compelling mix of conflicting principles between two men, a farmer and a murderer, who hold each other captive while waiting for the 3:10 train to Yuma.

July 5, 2002 Screens Review by Eli Kooris

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
There's more than a Depression-era dime's worth of hokum in this story of a country bumpkin who inherits millions, then has his worm bitten in the Big Bad Apple, but at least it's Capra-corn.

June 28, 2002 Screens Review by Raoul Hernandez

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