Michael Giaccio

Fri, Jan 31, 2003, 12:00am

Amen, the new film by Costa-Gavras, has caused a mild uproar in France and Italy for fusing the swastika and the crucifix in its advertisement posters (in the only poster I saw, the crucifix half had been discretely snipped off).

Mon, Oct 7, 2002, 12:00am

Fri, Feb 8, 2002, 12:00am

Nearly everything about Birthday Girl, a black comedy from British director Jez Butterworth, is depressingly mediocre, but it's generating big buzz because of Nicole Kidman's star turn as a Russian mail-order bride (no joke) named Nadia.

Fri, Feb 1, 2002, 12:00am

Anyone seeking the cinematic equivalent of a migraine should check out Waydowntown, a harsh satire of office culture from Canadian director Gary Burns.

Fri, Jan 25, 2002, 12:00am

Some call Ridley Scott a stylist. This always bothered me; if anything, the "empty stylistic exercises" that made his career (Alien, Blade Runner) have more to offer in terms of substance and psychological tension than in terms of aesthetic qualities.