Ask a Neil Young fan to describe the keys to understanding his music, and one is likely to hear about his songwriting brilliance, his electric guitar heroics, his incisive views on the victories and…
Examining twin journeys of reconcilement -- one with grief and one with guilt -- Sean Penn's sophomore feature, "The Crossing Guard," is a sorrowful account of the aftermath of tragedy.
A tortured examination of the disintegration of a Mid-western family, The Indian Runner is very much actors' cinema. Rambling, indulgent and joltingly raw at times, Sean Penn's first outing as a…
Director Dennis Hopper just won't say no to kinky amorality, and that's all to the good in this twisting, languorous and very sexy thriller [based on Charles Williams' novel Hell Hath No Fury].
Stand by Me falls somewhat short of being a firstrate 'small' picture about adventurous small-town adolescent boys, although director Rob Reiner is to be lauded for coming close. Formerly titled The…
Only and entire raison d'etre for this screen adaptation of Elizabeth McNeill's novel would be to vividly present the obsessive, all-consuming passion between a successful Wall Street type and a…
An Officer and a Gentleman deserves a 21-gun salute, maybe 42. Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about.
In Cruising writer-director William Friedkin explores the S&M life of New York City. Like any approach to the bizarre, it is fascinating for about 15 minutes.
Despite its seeming more like a fabulous remake of a dated story rather than the first film version of a noted book and play, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is brilliant cinema theatre. Jack…