Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet●Director - Francis Ford CoppolaWriters - John Milius and Francis Ford CoppolaCinematography - Vittorio StorraroEditor - Walter MurchMusic - Carmine CoppolaProducers - Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Sternberg, Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson;Production designers - Dean Tavoularis; Rick HeinrichsSet Designers - George R. NelsonSpecial Effects - A.D. FlowersCasting - Vic Ramos, Terry LieblingArt Director - Angelo P. GrahamAdditional Photography - S … [Read more...]

The Anniversary Party (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Writer / Director - Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming Director of photography - John Bailey Editor - Carol Littleton and Suzanne Spangler Music - Michael Penn Producers - Joanne Sellar, Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh Fine Line Features. 115 minutes. Rated R for profanity and sexual situations. STARRING: Alan Cumming (Joe Therrian), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Sally Therrian), John Benjamin Hickey (Jerry Adams), Parker Posey (Judy Adams), Phoebe Cates (Sophia … [Read more...]

Anger Management (2003)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Peter Segal; writer - David Dorfman; director of photography - Donald M. McAlpine; editor - Jeff Gourson; music - Teddy Castellucci; production designer - Alan Au; producer - Jack Giarraputo and Barry Bernardi. Starring - Adam Sandler (Dave Buznik), Jack Nicholson (Dr. Buddy Rydell), Marisa Tomei (Linda), Luis Guzmán (Lou), Allen Covert (Andrew), Lynne Thigpen (Judge Daniels), Woody Harrelson (Galaxia/Security Guard), John Turturro (Chuck), Heather Gra … [Read more...]

Amistad (1997)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet. ∙ Director -  Steven Spielberg; writer - David Franzoni; director of photography - Janusz Kaminski; editor - Michael Kahn; music - John Williams; production designer - Rick Carter; producers - Steven Spielberg, Debbie Allen and Colin Wilson. STARRING: Morgan Freeman (Joadson), Nigel Hawthorne (President Martin Van Buren), Anthony Hopkins (John Quincy Adams), Djimon Hounsou (Cinque), Matthew McConaughey (Baldwin), David Paymer (Secretary of State John Forsyth), Pet … [Read more...]

Amores Perros (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet. ∙ Director and producer - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; writer - Guillermo Arriaga; director of photography - Rodrigo Prieto; editors - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Luis Carballar and Fernando Perez Unda; music - Gustavo Santaolalla; production designer - Brigitte Broch. Starring - Vanessa Bauche (Susana), Gael Garcia Bernal (Octavio), Umberto Busto (Jorge), Emilio Echevarria (El Chivo), Alvaro Guerrero (Daniel), Rodrigo Murray (Gustavo), Marco Perez (Romero), J … [Read more...]

America’s Heart and Soul: An interview with Louis Schwartzberg

Hope for Where We're Going Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg talks with Jeffrey Overstreet about America's Heart and Soul, his greatest teacher, and a story that he unfortunately had to cut from the film.•Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg has collected 25 interviews with memorable, remarkable Americans and sewn it together in an array of breathtaking cinematography to inspire us with a vision of dedication, determination, and imagination.Click here for Jeffrey's review of America's Heart and … [Read more...]

Ratatouille (2007)


My review of Ratatouille was originally published in June 2007 at Christianity Today Movies.-Attention, parents, kids, anybody who appreciates good movies and great food!Ratatouille is a feast so fantastic you'll go running back for seconds. And if you pay close attention, you'll also see that it's a film that tells two great stories at the same time.The first story is what you'll see on the big screen. And the second—at least the way I see it—is a more subtle, almost allegorical re-t … [Read more...]

Evening (2007)

My review of Evening was originally published at Christianity Today Movies.-Stand and stare in awe at the poster for Lajos Koltai's new film Evening. Look at that impressive cast list. Vanessa Redgrave! Meryl Streep! Glenn Close! Claire Danes! Toni Collette! All in the same movie!It gets better: Redgrave gets to share a scene with her real-life daughter Natasha Richardson. And the mother/daughter goodness doesn't stop there: Streep plays a senior citizen who appears in flashback p … [Read more...]

Closer (2004)

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This review was originally published at Christianity Today. -Closer, the new film from Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate), has a lot in common with the "smoker's lung" billboard.You know the one — there's a cigarette in the left frame, and a blackened, diseased lung on the right. It's a troubling image. You're driving along sipping coffee or tea, you see the picture, and you choke. Nobody wants to see such ugliness. But it works. Sometimes. Especially for young … [Read more...]

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

This review of Letters from Iwo Jima is published at Christianity Today Movies.-"Am I digging my own grave?" young Saigo wonders as he helps his fellow Japanese soldiers shovel out bunkers in the dark sand beneath Mt. Surabachi. And because we know the outcome of the Battle of Iwo Jima, we can make an educated guess at the answer to his question.In an unprecedented work of ambition and vision, Clint Eastwood has released two films in one year about that historic battle: Flags of Our … [Read more...]