Chinese director Zhang Yang's film about a male-only public bathhouse in Beijing is resolutely old-fashioned and, despite a burnish of novelty bestowed by its exotic locale, a little too familiar, a little too sentimental and, finally, a little too cute.
A fractured fairy tale for our cynical time: Director Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors) effortlessly blends black comedy and sentimental wish fulfillment with flashes of gut-churning violence — with Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock.
This silly contemporary fairy tale about realigning the balance of power between men and women — with more than a nod to Like Water For Chocolate — focuses on a woman who uses cooking as a means to express her desires — with the beautiful and personable Penelope Cruz.
First-time MTV-style director Douglas Aarniokoski often fails to realize what the first and best film of the series, Highlander (1986), was essentially about: two immortal swordsmen — one good, one evil — locked in mortal combat.
Open late for Royal Oak hanger-outers, Pizza Paesano isn't just another pizza joint. The pesto pizza is subtly flavored; the crust is thin and crisp and excellent. The gyro is also marvelous, decorated with thin lamb strips and scallions. Besides pizza, the guys serve calzones, a spinach pie and a spicy meat pie (Italian sausage, pepperoni and bacon).
When it comes to a decidedly different perspective on romance, leave it to French director Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire) to redefine the parameters of love and obsession. The film’s fuel is the kinetic chemistry between veteran Daniel Auteuil and newcomer Vanessa Paradis.