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  • Feb 13-19, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 18

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  • Big Fat Liar

    "Nobody believes a liar ... even when he is telling the truth!" This moral from an old Aesop's fable is the foundation for a modern-day retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. But the film’s moral is: Don't pair up two extraordinary, up-and-coming child actors with one low-caliber, two-bit adult goofball.
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  • Rollerball

    Set in some fictional central Asian country, this remake features long and incoherent sequences of its title sport, a combination of Roller Derby, pro wrestling and free-form mayhem. The film’s message, which has to do with the commercial viability of violence, has become a wretched cliché.
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  • Aberdeen

    A weighty nostalgia drags through this moving picture, eroding time and color. Aberdeen takes a dysfunctional family’s melodrama on the road to the unplanned destination of redemptive bonding — with Charlotte Rampling, Stellan Skarsgård and Lena Headey.
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  • Collateral Damage

    Apparently the war on terrorism needs unthinking drones — and conservative hacks such as Schwarzenegger (like John Wayne before him) are only too happy to provide its latest propaganda. Director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) tries to implicate each viewer in Old Testament eye-for-an-eye bloodlust.
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  • Cool & Crazy

    A better title for this film might be The Singing Strand Boys: Norway’s Berlevåg Male Choir. Director Knut Erik Jensen’s documentary presents us with the stern beauties of nature and the passionate and motley characters of the choir.
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