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  • Sanshiro Sugata

    Sanshiro Sugata

    ★★★

    Admirable as Kurosawa's first film and for the technique he shows early on, but otherwise it's pretty dry and creaky.

  • Foreign Correspondent

    Foreign Correspondent

    ★★★★½

    A fervent plea from a British expat to Americans to join the war effort, disguised as one of Hitch's rip-roaring thrillers. That said, the disguise is pretty damn convincing, with at least two set pieces that stand up to anything else in his oeuvre: one involving a windmill, the other a climax that is frankly astonishing for the time.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★★½

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.