THEN SHE FOUND ME

April”s biological clock is ticking so loud that she”s unable to attend to almost anything else in her life, but by film”s end she”s learned to broaden her view of parenthood & open herself to genuine Tikun Olam. Hunt directs herself in lead role, eliciting warm performances from her very strong cast. Click HERE for…

SUGAR

Miguel ‘Sugar’ Santos (Soto) is a Dominican teenager with a great arm. Nurtured in local baseball camps, he’s brought north to play on a Minor League team in Iowa. Everyone’s got great intentions, but the pressure weighs heavy on Sugar’s young shoulders. Well-told, intimate story contrasting first world/third world expectations & lifestyles. Click HERE for…

STRANGE DAYS

Incredibly violent, sexually abusive sci-fi/rogue cop mash-up written by James Cameron. Despite Bigelow’s directorial skill, this future world is way too ugly for us & inadvertently obsolete (everytime characters said “2K” instead of “Y2K,” we groaned). Fiennes & Lewis are OK, but acting by everyone else is way over the top. Click HERE for FF2…

STOP-LOSS

Act One: Tikrit. Superb! Act Two: Texas. Very Good! Act Three: Road Trip. Um, unfocused & meandering. We both wanted this heart-felt, well-intentioned film to be better, but still applaud Peirce”s direction & all the acting. No matter what you think about Iraq, we should all realize that sacrifices have not been equally shared. We…

THE SECRETS

Too much of a good thing: Nesher locates his excellent cast in a school for young Orthodox women, where they’re surrounded by the ghosts of prior generations of Kaballah scholars who also walked up & down these same stone steps of Sfat. Add in a murder mystery, fine. But then he went one step too…

THE SAVAGES

Thirtysomething Manhattanite (Linney) puts her own life on hold when her estranged father (Bosco) succumbs to dementia. Caring for him with a brother she knows only slightly better (Hoffman) becomes life-changing for both of them. Jan”s agog, but while Rich loved performances, he found frequent “shifts-of-tone” between comedy & tragedy disorienting. Click HERE for FF2…

SALAAM BOMBAY!

Nair’s first film (made with frequent collaborator screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala) achieved instant acclaim, winning multiple awards worldwide & receiving a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination. Bombay street kids survive amidst the squalor and danger of the adult world around them. Click HERE for FF2 haiku.