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Year: 20048

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The Manson Family October 20, 2004

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  • Around the Bend

      Before conveniently dying, a father writes a quirky will requiring his family to make a road trip to scatter his ashes — and reconnect with each other. It’s a sweet and well-meaning story, but generally every bit as contrived as it sounds. An ounce of such mawkishness will suffice, and Around the Bend offers at least a greasy pound. Director Jordan Robert’s debut oozes more sap than a freshly cut Christmas tree, and were it not for an incredible turn by Christopher Walken, it’d be best left forgotten.
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  • The Manson Family

      This graphic and gripping mockumentary recreates the infamous murders of the Manson Family in 1969. The film doesn’t romanticize the subject, and isn’t meant to be enjoyed in any traditional sense. The most tolerant viewer will come away with senses pummeled and a head full of dark ideas to sort out. If a heavy mindfuck appeals to you, enduring The Manson Family should be a priority this week. If not, you’d probably find a root canal comparatively relaxing.
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  • The Yes Men

      This outrageous documentary tells the story of Andy and Mike, high-level pranksters who pose as World Trade Organization representatives at lectures and symposiums. Although the scenes of these irrepressible agitators raging against the WTO machine are entertaining, we are plagued with endless details of each individual stunt’s arrangement. Were they an older and more established outfit, there would be more meat on this film’s bones. As it is, the ratio of prank preparation and actual prank execution seems far off balance.
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  • Ladder 49

      The shadow of Sept. 11 looms large over every flickering frame of Ladder 49. While the film is undeniably exploitative, it emerges as a seductively low-key and respectful portrait of hardscrabble blue-collar heroes. The topic is fascinating; the execution is not.
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  • Silver City

      A lopsided left-wing political farce, this film starts out well enough but slows to a snail’s pace halfway through. When a gubernatorial candidate reels in a corpse while filming a lakeside campaign commercial, scandal ensues. While the all-star cast (Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Roth and Daryl Hannah) is phenomenally good, the dialogue comes off stilted and stiff more often than not. Nonetheless, it’s a good choice anyone who likes their movies passionate and opinionated.
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