There are only a handful of films which compare with the spiritual and social depth of Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad.” Based on a true incident in 1839
Communicating the complexity of racial hatred is not an easy task, but director John Singleton has made an effective attempt in his most recent film “Rosewood.” Based on the true story of the
Is the President of the United States the moral leader of America? Or, is the President only an illusion shaped by the media? Most of us have an opinion about who or what the
Behind the closed doors of respectable homes, many afflictions are hidden. Most are unavoidable sorrows like death and disease which are privately suffered, but there are some
The struggle inherent in the formation of an identity is the underlying theme of the hi-tech, action romance “The Saint.” Director Phillip Noyce begins his tale in the orphanage of a Roman Catholic parish. There
“Seven Years in Tibet” is the autobiographical story of a former SS Nazi officer and gold-medal Olympian, Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt), whose encounter with the people of Tibet changed his life.
There is nothing sweet about the death of a child. The bitterness which comes from our shock and anger flavors our entire lives. When the loss is 20 children from the same small
Having spent eighteen years in public service as an elected official, I (Hal) have little respect for films which propagate an unrealistic fear of the people who serve us. In much the same
What does it take to really change a life? Will money, a new home, a new marriage, a new family transform us, or are these things just outward apparel we put on, leaving our inner selves
What happens to a person who uses their apparent sincerity to deceive others? One can only imagine what that does to them and those who live with them. And when such people join together
The romantic belief that there is one special person “out there” with whom we are destined to fall madly in love can become like a religion by which many live their lives. Worshiping at the altar
The prideful belief that the Titanic could not sink caused the loss of 1,500 souls due to the lack of sufficient lifeboats. But this arrogance also caused the disaster which would not only challenge our faith in our own technology, but make us
When pain overwhelms our personal lives, we have two choices. We can cry our way through the hurt and become stronger by moving forward, or we can shut down our emotions in the hope
Unlike Hal, Denny’s love for science fiction is usually enough for a positive rating on a film of that genre. But even Denny had trouble with “The Fifth Element.” It’s not that good doesn’t win.
Does the pursuit and care of wealth satisfy the soul? Do endless financial machinations provide meaning and purpose in life? What if such a life is so empty that at midlife, the individual slides into a depressed despair? In one of the more intricate films
Our recommendations and winners for 1997.