Articles by Stephen Holden



Spinning Merrily Downward on a Journey Into Hell

  • 15 August 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Each time one of the speed freaks who scuttle around ""Spun"" like cockroaches on a hot stove snorts another line of crystal meth, the soundtrack erupts with a jolt and the camera zeroes in on an eyeball spinning like a pinwheel in a windstorm.

Spinning Merrily Downward on a Journey Into Hell

  • 15 August 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Each time one of the speed freaks who scuttle around ""Spun"" like cockroaches on a hot stove snorts another line of crystal meth, the soundtrack erupts with a jolt and the camera zeroes in on an eyeball spinning like a pinwheel in a windstorm.

All of History in a Single, Unbroken Take

  • 25 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
""Russian Ark"" is a magnificent conjuring act, an eerie historical mirage evoked in a single sweeping wave of the hand by Alexander Sokurov.

All of History in a Single, Unbroken Take

  • 25 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
""Russian Ark"" is a magnificent conjuring act, an eerie historical mirage evoked in a single sweeping wave of the hand by Alexander Sokurov.

Is She a Sweetheart, or a Sweet Guy?

  • 18 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In ""The Hot Chick,"" his bluntly titled new farce, comic actor Rob Schneider runs an obstacle course of taste and emerges remarkably unsullied, considering the choices he faces.

Is She a Sweetheart, or a Sweet Guy?

  • 18 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In ""The Hot Chick,"" his bluntly titled new farce, comic actor Rob Schneider runs an obstacle course of taste and emerges remarkably unsullied, considering the choices he faces.

Cerebral Fable Falls Short on Excitement

  • 21 February 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Whether gazing darkly over the ocean from a captain's perch in ''The Perfect Storm'' or contemplating the viscous, shape-shifting reality of a mysterious planet from a space station in his new movie ""Solaris,'' George Clooney projects the brooding solipsism of a man's man encased in a shell of loneliness.

Cerebral Fable Falls Short on Excitement

  • 21 February 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Whether gazing darkly over the ocean from a captain's perch in ''The Perfect Storm'' or contemplating the viscous, shape-shifting reality of a mysterious planet from a space station in his new movie ""Solaris,'' George Clooney projects the brooding solipsism of a man's man encased in a shell of loneliness.

A Disciplinarian Gets His Way In the End

  • 24 January 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
'Secretary,"" a small groundbreaking comedy, is a contemporary Cinderella story with a kink and a wink.

A Disciplinarian Gets His Way In the End

  • 24 January 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
'Secretary,"" a small groundbreaking comedy, is a contemporary Cinderella story with a kink and a wink.

When the West Was Wild & Hungry

  • 19 April 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Sooner or later, almost every serious filmmaker is tempted to take a crack at that all-American form, the western, and conjure a fable from the patterns in the big sky stretched over the way-back-when of America's untamed frontier.

When the West Was Wild & Hungry

  • 19 April 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Sooner or later, almost every serious filmmaker is tempted to take a crack at that all-American form, the western, and conjure a fable from the patterns in the big sky stretched over the way-back-when of America's untamed frontier.

With the Subtlety of a Sledgehammer

Blood and Guts but Precious Little Glory