Ever since its release in 1955, the French crime thriller "Rififi" has been celebrated for the 30-minute jewel heist segment that could be the finest thing of its kind ever put on film.
It's been said that the individual who invented gambling was brilliant but that whoever invented the chip was a genius. Similarly, where the personal computer was concerned, it could be argued that it was the gift of Steve Jobs to have had a strong hand in both halves of the equation.
"The Second Mother" is a satisfying contradiction. It's a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility.
"Forbidden Games" may be one of the acknowledged classics of post-war French cinema, the winner of both the Golden Lion at Venice and the 1952 Oscar for foreign language film, but it is also a difficult motion picture to put in a box.
"Rosenwald" used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about.
In the old days of repertory cinema, films would sometimes be linked by a common word: Robert Aldrich’s “The Big Knife,” for instance, might be on a double bill with Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water.” In that spirit, I want to highlight two fine films linked only by the word “Night” — and the...
Documentarian Hubert Sauper goes where other people don't go, sees what the crowd doesn't see, and creates unsettling, provocative political documentaries that are unlike anyone else's. His latest trip to Africa (following the Oscar-nominated "Darwin's Nightmare") is so audacious that the Sundance...
On a warm afternoon in early June, when a sane person would have headed for the beach or at least the backyard, I discovered that a collection of Shirley Temple's toys, dolls, costumes and childhood memorabilia was on display in the Santa Monica History Museum and I went to see it.