Nazis at the gates

by Richard Grenier -- Big World War II movies are hard to do, particularly on the Eastern Front. But here comes a hefty-budgeted European war film, financed by German-English-Irish money, with a more…

Is 15 Minutes of fame enough?

by Richard Grenier -- I've been wondering for days now why film critics have decided with unusual uniformity to hate Robert de Niro's new movie, "15 Minutes" so intensely. De Niro, with more…

Two mega-stars and a pistol

by Richard Grenier -- There is no Mexican of importance in "The Mexican." Or rather, the eponymous "Mexican" is not a man but a pistol, with a long complicated history. The untangling more…

Action in New York

by Richard Grenier -- First there was Aldrich Ames and now there's Robert Hanssen -- Hanssen being the Soviet intelligence agent who remained undiscovered for 15 years in the depths of the more…

From the heart of Iran's darkness

by Richard Grenier -- A heartening glow of light emerges from one of the world's darkest countries. Iran's "The Circle," the grim tale that -- to everyone's surprise -- won the top more…

Survivor II

by Richard Grenier -- Well, you knew it was coming. Not merely that "Survivor: The Australian Outback" is leading the pack as the world's most watched television show, but that it's a more…

Attila, the scourge of television

by Richard Grenier -- It seems unfair in a way. Here, almost every child has heard of Attila. But except for mounting a formidable attack on the Western Roman Empire in the more…

Cool look at drug trade

by Richard Grenier -- You have never seen a narcotics thriller like this. "Traffic" is an overview of the contemporary drug scene, using a vast canvas and a spectacularly talented cast. Director more…

What 100 years can do

by Richard Grenier -- "The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth." This rather forbidding exegesis from Ecclesiastes more…

What do we do about Israel?

by Richard Grenier -- From both the Arab and Israeli points of view, such agreements as have been reached so far between the two countries are worthless. And with a fortnight to more…