John Olive's "The Summer Moon," ostensibly about the Japanese auto industry's first steps in America, is a schizophrenic work: The first act concerns an awkward romance between a stuffy, callow…
A romantic comedy with a clever spin, "The Big Split" is an appealing charmer that makes light of hasty weddings and hastier divorces.
"Smack the Pony" is an eclectic, all-inclusive show where any real or perceived male bashing is just one of the possible side effects. Created by Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips…
A couple dissolves a marriage with minimal angst while the breakup of a four-way friendship leaves more lasting despair in Donald Margulies' "Dinner With Friends." In many ways the subtlest and most…
A solidly crafted, poignantly acted drama based on a real-life case, "The Thief of Saint Lubin" deals with universal issues of poverty and injustice. A powerful performance from Dominique Blanc as a…
Reviewed on videocassette, Boston, Sept. 7, 1999. (In Boston Film Festival.) Running time: 89 MIN.
Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival, Sept. 25, 1999. Running time: 150 MIN.
In "Just One Time," his likable feature directorial debut, Lane Janger continues to develop a trend he helped initiate as producer of "I Think I Do" --- namely, to construct a romantic comedy that…
Produced by Olivier Mille.
A fascinating portrait of acclaimed larger-than-life gypsy singer Vera Bila, "Black and White in Color" is a fine, gripping study of artistic pride and ethnic intolerance. Though its subject matter…
Reviewed at AFI/L.A. Film Festival (Documentary Series), Hollywood, Oct. 28 , 1999. Running time: 72 MIN.