Jean Oppenheimer

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  • An aural and visual feast, The Golden Door is Emanuele Crialese's poetic tale of a Sicilian peasant family's emigration at the turn of the 20th century. Winner of the Silver Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival, the fable follows an...

  • The wildly uneven French writer-director-producer Luc Besson has a fondness for life outside the margins of conventional society: the neon-lit labyrinths of the Paris Metro (Subway), the pristine depths of the ocean (The Big Blue). ...

  • 9 years ago | Film Reviews

    We all want to believe that in even the most dangerous or frightening of situations, we would have the courage to stand up for our convictions -- that we would not name names, that we would not betray our friends or our ideals. Thank God, most of ...

  • 9 years ago | Film Reviews

    In his 1961 farewell address, President Eisenhower warned Americans that an insidious new force was taking hold in the country. He called it the "military-industrial complex." Born of necessity during the Second World War, this once valuable conju...

  • 9 years ago | Film Reviews

    A gritty portrait of ghetto life in contemporary South Africa, Tsotsi packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Gavin Hood's film tells a story of violence and redemption that's even more remarkable when you consider that neither of the lead performer...

  • 10 years ago | Film Reviews

    Deception, betrayal, and revenge. In his film directorial debut, acclaimed playwright/screenwriter/theater director Craig Lucas is done in by his own script, which becomes so excessively icy and cruel that it breaks, rather than solidifies, any bo...