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  • Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 46

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  • Throne of Blood

    Akira Kurosawa's transplantation of Shakespeare's Macbeth to medieval Japan is perhaps the director's most stylized film, unreal on several levels, beginning with Toshiro Mifune's hyper-intense performance as the ambitious warrior rushing to fulfill his foretold fortune. It's a long yowl of despair, artfully unleashed.
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  • Mostly Martha

    Director Sandra Nettelbeck offers us a lukewarm plot of girl meets boy, girl (briefly) loses boy, girl gets boy back. Those are the major ingredients of a romantic comedy. Ironically it’s both romance and comedy that this beautifully presented "romantic comedy" lacks.
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  • Simone

    The kernel of Simone is Frankenstein — as a Hollywood romantic comedy. Director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) revises and updates the operating system of Mary Shelley’s seminal monster story from the ground up, destroying its mythic resonance.
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  • Serving Sara

    Serving Sara doesn’t serve the very likable talents of Elizabeth Hurley and Matthew Perry who have at least a couple of chemical moments. You'll wonder why none of their close friends stopped them from thinning their abilities along one drawn-out, painful chase, with a few slugs, love smacks and prostate jokes.

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  • My Wife is an Actress

    This French comedy-drama is a light, even fluffy affair, kind of a Gallic Rock Hudson-Doris Day movie, only hipper. And though it raises questions that it doesn't seem interested in answering, it's diverting enough to earn our indulgence — with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Terence Stamp.
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  • Undisputed

    Boxing and prison shows and Mike Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction are all on this film’s fight card. But this is no Oscar contender. Undisputed enters the box office competition as middleweight entertainment — with Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes.
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