Al Pacino's long anticipated directing debut (his first-ever movie, THE LOCAL STIGMATIC, remains a tantalizing chimera) is a bit of this and a bit of that. If it doesn't precisely add up to greatness, it's still a highly entertaining look behind the scenes as Pacino and
friends -- including Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey and a frightfully miscast Winona Ryder -- prepare a production of Shakespeare's Richard III,
from chaotic initial readings to full-costume performance. Pacino, who's so often described as "intense" that the adjective has become a de facto part
of his name, is a real delight to watch: Simultaneously goofily loose and totally focused, he's the gal...