Based on Hayden Herrera's biography of Frida Kahlo, and ranging anywhere from jaw-ajar triumphant to comic schlock, director Julie Taymor’s film follows the life of a woman known for her soul-piercing gaze and truthful self-portraits — with Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina.
Grapevine-wrapped pillars, classical background music and jeweled murals. Entrees prepared to order. Vegetable broth-based French onion soup, bay scallops poached in vermouth. Warm salad of duck confit and lobster. Pastries are beautiful to behold.
Director Brian De Palma’s stylish, contrived heist flick constantly inlays visuals and plot elements that echo cinematic history. When the plot slackens, this offers a game for the more dedicated film buff to play while waiting for the next twist — with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Antonio Banderas.
Evoking pathos without resorting to sentimentality, Vittorio De Sica's celebrated neo-realist film (1952) is the story of a retired bureaucrat living out his last days in a shabby boardinghouse, always on the verge of being evicted, alone except for the company of his beloved dog and the kindness of the building's chambermaid.
What happens when you take a savvy, first-generation Mexican-American high school graduate and force her to work in a factory on the east side of LA with no pay and no air conditioning? You end up with a sweaty combination of spoiled brat and fresh perspective.