Foreign film depicts an honest, intimate portrait of family life


F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said, “Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” Still Walking, the new film by the modern Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda, is about just that kind of wound, the sort that […]

Rob Zombie revitalizes gore of Halloweens past


Writer-director Rob Zombie possesses a lot of ambition that has yet to be perfected. His new film, Halloween 2, which itself is a sequel to his 2007 remake of John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher classic Halloween, clearly illustrates that while Zombie has a long way to go, he is certainly heading in the right direction. Zombie’s […]

‘Woodstock’ captures spirit of era, but lacks energy


In the bathroom of the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, two women with graying hair and beaded scarves draped over their shoulders chatted excitedly 15 minutes prior to the screening of Taking Woodstock. “Where were you during Woodstock?” one asked the other, to which she replied with a detailed description of a weekend 40 years past. […]

‘Basterds’ showcases Tarantino’s quirks


Inglourious Basterds marks Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino’s war film debut. Set in France during World War II, the film follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) as they seek brutal revenge on the Nazi regime.