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Film, "Sarah's Key": Holocaust Movie Wrings Sentimentality from Atrocity

"Sarah's Key": Holocaust Movie Wrings Sentimentality from Atrocity

Exposing a little-known piece of Holocaust history — the Vel' d'Hiv roundup, in which French police arrested thousands of Jews in Paris in July 1942 — Sarah's Key dutifully follows the template of scores of movies about the Shoah: wringing…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Easy Virtue</i>

Easy Virtue

Quick! Noël Coward—sage or supercilious bitch? No matter where you stand, Stephan Elliott’s deliciously cheeky screen adaptation of one of the satirist’s lesser-known jabs at the British upper crust will charm your pants off. The movie opens with a contemporary…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>I&#146;ve Loved You So Long</i>

I’ve Loved You So Long

As Juliette, a Frenchwoman newly released from prison, Kristin Scott Thomas is so relentless unbending, so full of necessary enigma that she almost had me believing Philippe Claudel’s domestic drama had something brave to say about mothers who murder their…
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Film, Monster Mom

Monster Mom

Kristin Scott Thomas has gotten so locked into playing tragic victims or frigid grandes dames that few remember the actress got her big break as a wistfully amused friend in Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral, or that she…
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Film, Sister Act

Sister Act

"When you sleep with the king, it ceases to be a private matter." And so it comes to pass that young Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) must stand before her father, Sir Thomas (Mark Rylance), and her uncle, the Duke of…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Compared with all you have going for you right now, your problem is very small. You're like a painter who's pregnant with the vision of a great work of art but who doesn't have all the…
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Fools for Love

The English Patient Directed and written by Anthony Minghella, from the novel by Michael Ondaatje. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, and Naveen Andrews. Opens Friday, Nov. 22, at the Kabuki and the Northpoint in S.F.…
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