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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Don Cheadle about <i>Miles Ahead</i>

Chatting with Don Cheadle about Miles Ahead

If Miles Ahead is your first introduction to the music of Miles Davis, you won’t find an origin story of either the man or the musician. The film includes only one backstory: Davis’ marriage to his first wife Frances.…
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Film, "The Guard": Shaggy Dog Irish Cop Tale Thinks It's More Clever Than It Is

"The Guard": Shaggy Dog Irish Cop Tale Thinks It's More Clever Than It Is

The Guard is a shaggy-man character study, its subject Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething policeman in western Ireland. No by-the-book cop, he spends his days off romping with hookers and has no qualms about gulping MDMA from the…
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Film, Spy vs. Why

Spy vs. Why

Despite his reputation as that rarest of creatures — a Hollywood intellectual — new evidence suggests that Steve Martin reads ... prepare yourself ... thrillers and spy novels. At least, that's the only conclusion you can draw from the "Story…
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Film, FilmCap

Darfur Now

Can-do pep is the resonant key in Ted Braun's profile of six people, spread across three continents, working to provide relief in western Sudan. Featured are a sheik displaced by internecine warfare, International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, a young…
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Film, Blade Runners

Blade Runners

Over a three-month period in 1994, machete-wielding Hutu tribesmen in Rwanda hacked to death 800,000 Tutsi men, women, and children. News reports, including film footage of the unfolding carnage, were broadcast around the globe. In the face of such unremitting…
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Film, Prey to Pretense

Prey to Pretense

The most notable thing about The United States of Leland, a youth-violence drama from writer/director Matthew Ryan Hoge, is its earnestness. This is a film that wants to be good. It wants to mean something, it wants to move you,…
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Blame It on the Boogie

Boogie Nights Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, and Don Cheadle. Opens Friday at the Kabuki. Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights opens with a sinuous, breathlessly extended tracking…
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