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  • Oct 16-22, 2002
  • Vol. 23, No. 1

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  • Heaven

    In this collaboration between two distinct artistic personalities, German director Tom Tykwer’s snazzy postmodern viewpoint bumps up against late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's script (and more monastic, reflective temperament) with mixed results — with Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi.
  • Swept Away

    This remake of director Lina Wertmuller's darkly comic, over-the-top, 1975 polemic falls into the "what were they thinking?" category — this time it’s directed by Guy Ritchie and stars his wife, Madonna, who can read lines, but can't inhabit a part, even a lightly comic one like this. And she looks terrible.
  • Brown Sugar

    With romantic comedy high in the mix, director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) visually fades in issues of color and class, and assumptions of power. The love plots more or less successfully echo hip hop’s loss of innocence and its sold-out marriage to big business — with Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs.
  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo (1961), which translates as The Bodyguard, was director Akira Kurosawa's most popular film in his native country. A late-mediaeval samurai tale that draws on the American western tradition, it adds a nearly nihilistic streak of black humor to the mix — with Toshiro Mifune.

  • Secret Ballot (Raye makhfi)

    It's Election Day on an out-of-the-way, Farsi-speaking island. Iranian director Babak Payami calls upon the fundamental problems inherent in choosing one or two candidates to represent the needs of the many, and exhibits the flaws of democracy, but can't help hitting us over the head, over and over.
  • The Transporter

    Director Corey Yuen dishes out an action buffet seasoned for American tastes, with an urban car chase à la The French Connection, his own gymnastic kung fu Occidental style and a quantity of firepower that would seem absurdly extravagant, even for an epic pyromaniac like producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

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