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Film, "360": Global Connectedness Has Never Been So Boring

"360": Global Connectedness Has Never Been So Boring

Is there something intrinsic to these wide-net, "We're all connected" ensemble movies that makes their authors think they need to address every human conundrum in the world? The vast, split-screen-slashed 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles from an overreaching screenplay by…
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Film, "Hereafter": Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon make a puddle of psychic ick

"Hereafter": Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon make a puddle of psychic ick

Life is wonderful, death is wow, chance is weird, and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter is a puddle of tepid ick. Is America's last cowboy icon prospecting for more Oscar gold? Taking for his map an original screenplay by British docu-dramatist Peter…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Damned United</i>

The Damned United

We call it soccer, but for the Brits, it’s football, and it’s damn serious business. From 1968 to 1974, Brian Clough (Michael Sheen), a manager/coach from the tiny town of Derby, and his assistant manager, Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall), turned…
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Film, Nixon in a Deep Frost

Nixon in a Deep Frost

I hear America singing and I see ... Richard Nixon. Not the man but the muse: Has any president since Lincoln inspired more movies, TV miniseries, and operas? As Nixon's beetle brows, ski nose, and mirthless grin were made for…
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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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