Red Riding Hood

Welcome to the modern medieval fairytale
Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas and Gary Oldman
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first “Twilight” movie, has a gift for conveying horny teenage moodiness, in particular as it applies to females. I’m not sure anyone grows up thinking that will be his or her gift. Nevertheless, there it is, and her take on the red riding hood legend demonstrates she hasn’t lost that touch. The moon glows in a passionate red. The forests are lovely, ... more >

Letters to Juliet

What if you had a second chance to find true love?
Amanda Seyfried, Marcia DeBonis and Gael Garcia Bernal
Directed by Gary Winick

So, yes, obviously, as a man, I can sit here and warn you that "Letters to Juliet" is an estrogen crucifixion of the bloodiest magnitude. But that would be ignoring the most interesting (and appalling) thing about it – what in the world is Gael Garcia Bernal doing in this? Four or five years ago, he was the hottest thing in international cinema, the biggest star of the Mexican New Wave, a ... more >