Stephanie Zacharek

Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge in Breathe; Credit: Photo by Jerome Plon

Mélanie Laurent's Breathe Shows Nothing's Scarier Than Teendom

Friendships between women have the ambiguous vitality of growing vines: They can either strangle or nurture, and at times it can be hard to tell the difference. That's particularly true for young women first stepping into the puzzling gray area of rivalries and loyalties. How best to support your friends......
Gong Li

Zhang Yimou's Coming Home Makes the Case for Melodrama

In the mid–20th century, movie audiences understood the value of a good melodrama: A picture such as Now, Voyager or Black Narcissus or almost anything by Douglas Sirk could be an urn into which you poured your own unarticulated feelings of loss and loneliness. The heightened, unrealistic intensity of those......
John Cusack

Guys Fight, John Cusack Wears a Toga in Dragon Blade. Whatever.

There's a lot to laugh at in Daniel Lee's faux-historical Silk Road adventure Dragon Blade, not least of which is the sight of Adrien Brody as corrupt Roman consul Tiberius wearing a tumble of raven-colored beauty-queen curls and purring in a phony British thespian's accent. With his blue crushed-velvet cape......