Visually ravishing and narratively dry, The Mill & the Cross is a restaging of "The Way to Calvary," the 1564 allegory by Flemish master Pieter Bruegel the Elder. As art history, the movie is splendid. As a film, it is didactic and photogenic - but not cinematic. This said, it boasts a most imaginative use of computer-generated images and lucid explanation of how a painting came to be.
What does it mean, exactly, to man up? For those familiar with Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 film Straw Dogs, Rod Lurie's faithful - yet surprisingly dissimilar - remake almost succeeds as an object lesson in the difference between being a man and being a macho animal. But it fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
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.