Substance 16 Look 17 Craft 18 Originality 16 Intelligence 18 Total 85 More about Solaris Steven Soderbergh at the NFTThe lofty ranking of Terrence Malick just goes to show that it's quality, not quantity, that counts.

Renowned as a ghostly, Garbo-style recluse, this fabled figure has made just three films over three decades. Substance 16 Look 18 Craft 17 Originality 17 Intelligence 17 Total 85 More about The Thin Red Line The highest ranking non-American, and one of the most respected film-makers working today - by his peers if not the general public.

See full summary ยป A rather dull minded bank robber suddenly suffers from a change of heart and decides to give the money back.

However, he then learns that getting the money back into the bank is much more difficult than taking it out.

Substance 14 Look 18 Craft 18 Originality 18 Intelligence 18 Total 86 Double vision: interview More about: Intolerable Cruelty Steven Soderbergh is a one-off: an independent-minded film-maker who has forged a happy working relationship with Hollywood. Soderbergh soothes the studios with expert, intelligent crowd-pleasers like Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven then shifts gear for more esoteric, personal projects (Solaris, Full Frontal).

His ongoing alliance with George Clooney, moreover, is the most reliable director-star double act since Scorsese found De Niro.

The love story is the usual: woman ,caught in commitment athome, finds "true" love on trip to Venice and then Dublin.

Fionella Flanagan as the true love's Mother is wonderful as always. I could not believe howbeautiful all the well known scenes of Venice,plus some areas Ihad never seen, were presented. She merits a 6 for acting,he merits a 6.5 with Irish accent. The Coens' special mix of arch, sculpted dialogue, film-history homage and scrupulously-framed cinematography has never failed them yet, and through their associations with Sam Raimi and Barry Sonnenfeld, have exerted a powerful, if unacknowledged, influence on mainstream event cinema.Until Fargo, they seemed content to mess about in their own particular corner of the film industry; that film's stunning popular success suddenly catapulted them into the Hollywood big league.Even so, the wild beauty of his 1973 debut Badlands casts a formidable shadow, while his sprawling 1999 war epic The Thin Red Line at least proved that the master had lost none of his magic. Operating mostly in rural Iran, Kiarostami has often concealed potentially life-threatening political commentary within films of simplicity and compassion.But he has complicated his medium, too, by mixing drama and documentary, and actors and non-actors, to dizzying effect.Her father, Alexander, is scheduled to go to the isolated Crompton mansion in New Hampshire to paint a family portrait of the mysterious, ...