Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)

Jul 29, 2009 by Mr. Nau Tom Hanks stars as an American aviator flying for the RAF in this historical romance, set in Jerusalem during World War II. While the interplay between the new couple is endearing, the loud angry drama between the pilot and his love interest’s protective Sephardic Jewish family gets tiring pretty […]

Touch the Sound (2004)

Jul 29, 2009 by Mr. Nau Evelyn Glennie is one of the world’s finest percussionists. She also happens to be profoundly deaf. This insightful documentary explores her life, both personally and professionally, and follows her nearly childlike fascination with sound of all kinds. It’s rare to see someone so enchanted by life as this incredible […]

Ladder 49 (2004)

Jul 28, 2009 by Mr. Nau In this thrilling action-adventure, we follow the exploits of Jack Morrison, a rookie firefighter assigned to his first truck in Baltimore. Joaquin Phoenix fills the starring role perfectly, a brawny blue-collar fireman trying to balance the danger of his chosen vocation with staying safe for his growing family. Grade: […]

The Great Debaters (2007)

Jul 27, 2009 by Mr. Nau Denzel Washington leads a wonderful cast in this historical drama, based on the true story of the debate team of Wiley College, an African-American university in Texas in the 30s. The four debaters struggle against racism in this inspiring story that chronicles the birth of the Civil Rights movement. […]

Oldboy (2003)

Jul 26, 2009 by Mr. Nau In this exceptionally well-made, but bizarre, Korean film, Oh Dae-Su is locked in a cell for 15 years and tortured continuously. When he gets out, he seeks his revenge. This well-scripted psychological thriller is full of all kinds of twists and turns—sometimes satisfying and sometimes infuriating. Grade: A. IMDB: […]

Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Jul 26, 2009 by Mr. Nau Woody Allen wrote, directed, and starred in this hilarious comedy about an oversexed neurotic novelist suffering from writer’s block, who needs a date to a gala honoring his work. With a star-studded cast and an endearing script, this is a fun romp through the life of an aging playboy. […]

Munyurangabo (2007)

Jul 24, 2009 by Mr. Nau In this gorgeous, unpretentious, low-budget ISA-nominated drama, two young men travel together across modern Rwanda on a quest to avenge the murder of the family of one. The recent Rwanda genocide looms large in this picture, which is memorably recounted in a wonderful poem recited about midway through. Grade: […]

Broken Rainbow (1985)

Jul 24, 2009 by Mr. Nau This Oscar-winning documentary examines the plight of the Navajo and Hopi tribes and how the US Government exploits, and unfairly compensates, the natives of the mineral resources of their land. This eye-opening look at institutionalized oppression is a cry for social justice for people ignored for too long. Grade: […]

A Simple Plan (1998)

Jul 22, 2009 by Mr. Nau Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda star in this caper thriller about a group of friends who discover $4 million in a crashed plane and decide to figure how to keep it. With a real sense of danger at every turn, this well-scripted gem is engrossingly entertaining. […]

The Spanish Apartment (2002)

Jul 22, 2009 by Mr. Nau In this entertaining comedy, Xavier is moving to Barcelona from Paris for a year to study economics. He finds a tiny room in an apartment with six other European college students. This hilarious character study delves into cultural issues and romantic situations galore and features an interesting array of […]

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