March 8, 1998 |
This 1996 release is a celebrated parody of Gothic romance and solemn rural fiction. Its self-confident heroine Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale, pictured) fancies herself a potential novelist, stating blithely that by the time she's 50, "I would like to write a novel as good as 'Persuasion.'
May 31, 2012
MOVIES Before Wes Anderson's films examined the preppy-adjacent struggles of upper middle class young people, Whit Stillman walked a similar beat in '80s with witty films such as "Barcelona," "Metropolitan" and the third of his self-described "Doomed Bourgeois in Love" trilogy, "Last Days of Disco," which screens at the Cinefamily with the writer-director on hand. Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale and bone-dry scene-stealer Chris Eigeman star in an unironic, funny and even moving depiction of coming of age in the privileged class while sparing the easy, '70s cliches.
May 24, 1998 |
The benign, tropical-Colonial building with the Thai flag rippling in a torpid breeze could be a government resort hotel. But the sign says "Women's Correctional Institute," and as if to prove its truth, a scene of hallucinatory horrors is unfolding in a sideyard. There, separated by an algae-covered moat, two elevated, wire-meshed platforms face each other, each platform teeming with Asians and Westerners contributing to a cacophonous din or straining to hear above it.
January 23, 2012 |
"Underworld: Awakening" begins with a tidy, three-minute wrap of the series' first two movies (the third, a 2009 prequel minus star Kate Beckinsale doesn't figure into the equation) before revealing the current grim state of affairs for its clashing vampires and werewolves. Humans, at least those oblivious to the charms of the "Twilight" movies, have decided to stop killing each other and focus on eradicating creatures possessing fangs. Our vampire antiheroine Selene (Beckinsale)
August 2, 2012 |
Like a drug that starts with a rush and ends with a headache,"Total Recall"is too much of a good thing. Though this film shares the same title as the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, 2012's "Total Recall" is not exactly a remake or even a reboot. Both films were inspired by the playfulPhilip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," and some things are carried over from the first film to this one. But as directed by Len Wiseman from a screenplay and screen story credited to five different writers, this "Total Recall" plays more like a pop-culture mash-up.
February 25, 2011 |
At the tail end of an ever-expanding awards season that has already seen the Golden Globes, the Grammys and countless other awards functions, the main event is finally in sight. The Oscars are upon as, and as sure as James Franco and Anne Hathaway are prepping "Black Swan" gags, we're prepared to party all weekend. Here's a comprehensive guide to who, what and where for Academy Awards weekend soirees. Friday Women in Film: For their fourth annual pre-Oscar celebration, WIF taps Halle Berry and producer Cathy Schulman to toast female nominees and their admirers.