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Year: 200417 200332 200332 200284 20013 200012

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MIIB: Men in Black II July 10, 2002

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  • Cold Mountain

      Cold Mountain is haunted by the earmarks of a TV mini-series, namely, a gooey romance set against the foggy and smoky backdrop of war. Jude Law and Nicole Kidman give strong performances, and of note is the acting debut of Detroit darling Jack White of the White Stripes. White composed a couple of songs he sings in the blockbuster flick. For his five minutes, he fares well. Overall, the film is good for what it is: a melodramatic epic.

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  • Young Adam

      In which the story of a dead young woman intersects with the story of a young man, played by Ewan McGregor, and his emotionally dead affairs. Central here is a particular affair with his co-worker’s wife, played by Tilda Swinton. A monotonous if beautiful film, rated NC-17 for its sexual explicitness
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  • Secret Things (Choses Secrètes)

      Fired (to put it mildly) from the club where they worked, a stripper and a bartender end up bound together against men as they dive into the world of sexual dares. Sort of a distaff answer to In the Company of Men with echoes of Mulholland Drive, Eyes Wide Shut and Secretary to boot. Unfortunately, writer-director Jean-Claude Brisseau stoops to contrivance toward the end.
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  • Bon Voyage

      If you’ve got a hankering for a bullet-flinging romantic film noir, Bon Voyage is the ticket. The film is set in 1940’s France, but filmed in present day full-color. Isabelle Adjani plays a stunning screen star, while Gérard Depardieu makes a characteristically strong showing in a film that questions the role of entertainment in matters of love and war. In French with subtitles.
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  • Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

      A Vincent & Theo relationship told with the absurd humor of Harold and Maude. Lone Scherfig, the Danish director of Italian for Beginners, holds to the goal of pulling truth out of characters and settings, an approach at odds with an industry hooked on razzmatazz.
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