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Zhang Yimou’s Hero

Zhang Yimou's martial arts epic of two years ago, Hero, is finally getting its North American release. The movie is getting good reviews. But is anyone looking at its politics? North American audiences looking for kung-fu thrills may be walking into an elaborate justification for Tiananmen Square. Read More »

Wolfgang Peterson’s Troy

If you could measure a woman's beauty according shipbuilding, where drop dead gorgeous equals one thousand warships and ugly is a canoe, then the woman who plays the mythical Helen of Troy in the new Wolfgang Peterson film Troy, Diane Kruger, is probably worth something with an outboard motor, but no more. Read More »

Mel Gibson’s Passion

Perhaps Mel Gibson's Passion won't launch anti-Jewish pogroms in the United States, but what effect will his film have on movie-goers in other parts of the world? Read More »

Coalition of the Willing

I read the phrase in the newspaper nearly everyday. Coalition of the willing. I'm never quite sure who the coalition includes until a brief article appears about Bulgarians coming under fire. Then I know that the coalition includes Bulgarians. Read More »