The old-school Disney princess - we're talking Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty here - sweeps the hearth, does the dishes, and waits around, warbling "Some day my prince will come." The new-school Disney princess - think Mulan and Tiana of The Princess and the Frog - pursues her dream (saving her nation, the family's bacon) and in so doing discovers a prince pursuing her.
Seeking shelter from a driving rain, a priest and a peasant huddle under Kyoto's dilapidated Rashomon Gate. They shake their heads in bewilderment at a mystery that cannot easily be solved in 11th century Japan, where feudal wars have left Kyoto - and the truth - in ruins. A woodcutter, who claims to have witnessed a rape and a murder in the woods, joins the pair to talk about what occurred.
Raquel has served the Valdes family, an upper-middle-class Chilean clan, for 23 years. From washing the laundry to preparing meals to dressing the kids and getting them out the door, Raquel is the oil that keeps this domestic engine running. Lately, that engine has been sputtering.
Based on the improbable-but-true saga of Sandra Laing, the dark-complected daughter of light-complected Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era, Skin is a surreal melodrama of arbitrary racial labeling that estranged a woman from herself, her family of origin, and the father of her children.
The Michael Moore Showboat is pulling into your multiplex, and its name is Capitalism: A Love Story. As the folksy muckraker reckons the toll of the 2008 economic crisis, he waves a scolding finger at aspects of free-market enterprise that almost everyone can agree are troubling.
Incredibly, Drew Barrymore, 34, has been in the movies as long as Tom Hanks, 53. Like him, Barrymore has distinguished herself as an actor and producer. Now, with the buoyant comedy Whip It, an archetype-busting and delightful roller-derby tale, she establishes herself confidently as a director.
Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.