Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's films are like fairy tales drained of all colorful effect. This one concerns a film director driving to a region of Iran which has been devastated by an earthquake, in order to find out if the boy who starred in his last movie has survived.
Directed and written by Sabu (Hiroyuki Tanaka), this hip 1996 black comedy plays like a cross between Run Lola Run and one of Beat Kitano's Yakuza massacre flicks, rising above its disposable mise-en-scène by dint of an engaging mix of brooding and whimsy.
Director George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food) and screenwriter Scott Marshall Smith opt for the noble Hollywood high road to tell a true story of individual struggle against entrenched oppression in the U.S. Navy — with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro.
This film, which director Tom Tykwer made just before his huge art--house success Run Lola Run, is an entertaining, if pokey, soap opera whose pretensions are subsumed by Tykwer's facile camera, especially when it's floating, godlike, above the majestic Alps.
Playing the devil’s offspring as good-natured loser, Adam Sandler reaffirms the delicate balance of menace and mirth behind his best movie characters. Sandler unleashes his little devil, but realizes that a spoonful of sugar helps the malevolence go down. — with Harvey Keitel and Patricia Arquette.
Loaded with nods to the last 50 years of pop culture, this series of intense vignettes establishes a specific tone: cheeky but not campy, with girlpower fueling the action and fun the ultimate goal — with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray.
Sci-fi’s groundbreaking flicks of the last 30-odd years are Xeroxed, cut and pasted like an anonymous hostage note and ransomed here. Between the lines, between the scenes, the message reads: Hollywood, we have a problem.