A feelgood movie about a young couple and their problems having a baby, “Making Babies” is a small, enjoyable film made with obvious love by all involved. Most worked on the successful TV series “The Confession” and simply wanted to continue the collaboration with a feature. Pic was shot quickly, on a relatively low budget, and since opening in early February has become a local B.O. hit.
Search Results for: h
El-Aurens rides for the first time in DVD — but despite a generally spiffy transfer and a valuable photo archive, Columbia TriStar’s latest outing of the 215-minute Restored Director’s Cut fails to do full justice to the movie on the extras side. General viewers will feel well satisfied, but buffs will end up feeling Col has failed to go the whole nine yards on one of its most legendary titles.
A muddled concept gets an amateurish execution in “Freud’s 2nd Law,” a glumly pretentious psychodrama that posits a novel method for women to recover from rape trauma.
Despite its technical shortcomings, “Four Women” is a surprisingly captivating portrait of young women today, with the quartet of amateur leads playing roles partly written and partly based on their own experiences. Semi-documentary feel –combined with gritty, often out-of-focus lensing — creates a sense of a slice of real life being observed.
“I think there’s too much made of sex,” says Richard (Ian Curtis) midway through the first act of “Flamingos,” but it’s a tribute to this lovely Bush Theater premiere that it simply cannot say enough about love. Under the exquisite guidance of director Mike Bradwell, Bush a.d. back on the job in London following his successive Off Broadway openings “Howie the Rookie” and “Resident Alien,” “Flamingos” is so gently telling an evening that it carries even its symbol-making with grace.
Focusing on the members of the Berlevag Male Choir, Knut Erik Jensen’s “Cool and Crazy” paints a moving and funny portrait of the men as well as telling everything there is to be said about the harshness of life in Norway’s extreme north.
Norway’s first official Dogma film, “Cabin Fever” is a dark, DV-shot comedy that takes full advantage of its technical restrictions. Set in a rented mountain cabin, pic deals with the breakdown of a family during a night when all hidden secrets come out.
Based on the true story of an extremely popular Finnish rock star of the ’70s, “Badding” wants to be both realistic and surreal, and lands somewhere in between. Though not without merits — the cinematography by Kari Sohlberg is excellent — this new movie from helmer Markku Polonen (“A Summer by the River”) never involves the viewer emotionally in the tragic main character. Chances outside Finland look slim.
Capturing the essence of a songwriter as complex as Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is a daunting task, particularly within the constraints of a made-for-TV concert. The producers of TNT’s “An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson” did their best to reconcile Wilson’s populist appeal and his groundbreaking artistry, forging an uneasy truce between the two.
“Along Came a Spider” weaves a humdrum plot that’s never ahead of the audience until three-quarters through and even then will hardly surprise the readers of James Patterson’s first bestselling novel featuring uber-profiler Alex Cross. A prequel to “Kiss the Girls” — the first Cross thriller adapted for the screen, also starring Morgan Freeman — new pic thankfully steers clear of its predecessor’s glumly lurid obsessions while remaining focused on the abduction of a young female innocent.
A decent, well-liked fellow kills his shrewish, alcoholic wife and has his surprisingly entertaining day in court in “A Crime in Paradise.” Pic is a pleasant, defiantly old-fashioned but unremarkable remake of Sacha Guitry’s razor-sharp 1951 Michel Simon starrer “Poison” (“La poison”).