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  • May 14-20, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 31

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  • Sweet Sixteen

    Director Ken Loach’s neo-realist film transcends melodrama into true modern tragedy with the more bitter than sweet story of a hard-knock Scottish "wee man" from a working-class Glasgow suburb who’s fated for the domestic catastrophe he finally plays out on his titular birthday.
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  • Only the Strong Survive

    The prevailing mood of this documentary, by Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, is celebratory of the old soul singers of the ’50s and ’60s, particularly those associated with the Memphis-Stax sound — and it isn't about to let in too much downer material to spoil the fun.
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  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin’s version of Dracula, like F.W. Murnau filtered through David Lynch, is a throwback to the days when horror movies had a certain visual grandeur. And while one may miss a modern frisson or two, there's still a great deal of dreadful beauty to relish.
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  • The Shape of Things

    What evils are normal? It's hard to believe, but Neil LaBute (Your Friends and Neighbors and In the Company of Men) seems to be getting even more insidious. His latest embraces the morally despicable, disheartening and intriguing elements of human nature — with Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz.
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  • Te Amo (Made in Chile)

    Tattoo, a Love Story


    Madstone Theaters present two indie films for hungry eyes, May 15-28. In Te Amo, rude teenagers trail disrespect behind them as they drive mom's Mercedes through urban Chile. Then Tattoo, a Love Story is a felicitous and actually feasible "opposites first irritate, then share the seat of a Harley" film.

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