HOLLOW CITY (Maria João Ganga, 2004)

An exquisite, ultimately stunning film about a young life uprooted by war, Hollow City—Na cidade vazia is the Portuguese title—is the first feature by Maria João Ganga, who was born in Angola and who studied film in Paris. It comes from Angola and Portugal, and is set in 1991, during the Angolan civil war. N’dala’s […]

RAY (Taylor Hackford, 2004)

The musical biography is one of the most malnourished American film genres. It has produced woefully inadequate films, among them, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Rhapsody in Blue, Night and Day, The Jolson Story—all these from the 1940s, when the genre peaked. The very worst musical film I have seen belongs to this genre: The Five Heartbeats […]