La Grand Role

Studio: First Run Features
Directed by: Steve Suissa; Written by: Daniel Cohen, Daniel Goldenberg, Steve Suissa and Sophie Tepper; Starring: Stéphane Freiss, Bérénice Bejo and Peter Coyote

Oct 05, 2005 Cinema Web Exclusive

In movies, when we are introduced to a couple that is enamored of each other, it’s often a safe bet that one of them will become the innocent victim of something dreadful. France’s sentimental Le Grand Role, despite its intriguing subtexts, is no exception to this pattern. More

The Tunnel

Studio: Avatar Films
Directed by: Roland Suso Richter; Written by: Johannes W. Betz; Starring: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sabastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Uwe Kockisch

Sep 20, 2005 Cinema Web Exclusive

The Tunnel, which was broadcast on German television in 2001 and screened at Los Angeles’ Made in Germany festival later that year, is finally seeing a long-overdue—albeit limited—run on U.S. screens this year, leading up to its DVD release on October 4. Set in 1961, during the early stages of the Berlin Wall’s construction, The Tunnel takes a miraculous true story of courage and conviction, and improbably, finds a cinematic middle ground between the thrill-a-minute popcorn suspense of The Fugitive and Schindler's List’s harrowing, heart-wrenching account of lamentable recent history. More

The Baxter

Studio: IFC Films
ritten and directed by Michael Showalter; Starring: Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Theroux, and Michelle Williams

Sep 06, 2005 Cinema Web Exclusive

Clearly, something has gone wrong when a romantic comedy is neither romantic nor especially funny. The Baxter, like some of those lesser SNL skits turned feature-length films, is another example of what happens when a movie relies more on a single concept to string us along rather than fleshing out a plot or characters: We figure out the ending long before the third act and, in the meantime, just hope that something gratifying transpires in the remaining minutes—which it doesn’t. More