SHARON STONE IN A SPAGHETTI WESTERN WITH RUSSELL CROWE, LEONARDO DI CAPRIO, AND GENE HACKMAN

The Quick and the Dead (1995) Pros: cast, look Cons: other than having Sharon Stone in a Clint Eastwood role, pretty conventional I knew that the 1956 paint-by-numbers western starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood (one of their several pairings) “Burning Hills” derived from one of the many formulaic western novels by Louis L’Amour. It

A YOUNG FRENCH SPHYNX

Yong & Beautiful/Jeune et jolie Pros: cast, look, sound Cons: opacity of motivation François Ozon has made some movies I like (8 Women, Time to Leave, Potiche, the 2012 “In the House”) and some I loathe (Criminal Lovers, Water Drops on Burning Rocks). I sort of liked “Jeune & jolie” (Young & Beautiful), structured with

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE LIMBO

The Seventh Day by Yu Hua Pros: father/adopted-son relationship Cons: not much of an ending Born in 1960 in Hangzhou, Zheijiang, the on of two physicians, Yu Hua is the living Chinese writer best known outside the PRC. Though some of his work has been unpublishable there, others have sold substantially, including the 1992 Huózhe