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.
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.
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.