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The Butterfly Effect February 04, 2004

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  • Finding life in death

    One man's struggle is also a powerful love story
      The story of a terminally ill man’s struggle with the Spanish courts to allow him to commit suicide may sound like a real downer, but The Sea Inside is poetic, devoutly humanistic and ultimately life-affirming film. We watch a man suffer through the indignities and loss of independence that’s inevitable with his condition, but we also watch him soar, literally and figuratively, with dreams and words and an unstoppable conviction and bravery.
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  • The Assassination of Richard Nixon

      Although it treads familiar ground, this film based on real life events is an original and disturbing achievement. Sean Penn plays a troubled, failed man who plots to strike back at the world by taking out Tricky Dick. An honest and painful presentation of a bizarre and bloody footnote to history that most people had never heard about until now, the film a depth not found in lesser fare.
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  • The not-so-dirty show

    Somewhat off-color and mildly inappropriate, *Sick & Twisted* doesn’t live up to its name
      There’s something going on with this year’s annual roundup of supposedly “sick and twisted” animation that may portend the demise of this once-satisfying and unique presentation of dirty shorts, über-violent critters and turn-your-head-away shockers. When hippie-in-a-blender jokes and a fly that does a shitty re-creation of Tony Montana’s last moments against the “cockroaches” in Scarface is your idea of sick and twisted, the words lose their meaning. Oh well, maybe next year.
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  • Spanglish

      There are a million inspiring, richly meaningful stories about those who follow the exodus out of Mexico and strike out for a life in the United States. Spanglish is not one of them. This overly schmaltzy entry from director James Brooks depicts the saintly Flor, an immigrant housekeeper who teaches a shallow and dysfunctional California family about the true meaning of life. You’ll either glow with Hallmark card serenity or puke your popcorn in the aisle.
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  • Mas dazzling Mexican cinema

    Inarritu delivers heavy beauty #2.
      Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu title their raw and wrenching creation 21 Grams as a bit of ironic understatement, a reference to the supposed weight that every human loses upon their departure to the hereafter. Using an unusual and highly effective realist narrative style, 21 Grams can be hard to watch, but you’ll never look away.
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