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  • Sep 17-23, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 49

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  • Love and Diane

    Poverty, addiction, depression and a fractured family history don’t obscure the essence of this documentary: family members trying to find some balance between personal happiness and personal (and familial) responsibility.
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  • Domestic Violence 2

    Refusing to edit out the slow parts, Frederick Wiseman is the rare documentary filmmaker who lets us see bureaucracies at work, and what happens to people in them. Continuing his examination of domestic violence (shown during the last DFT season), he follows his subjects into the courts.

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  • Matchstick Men

    Ridley Scott directs a feel-good crime film where friendship, family and love manage to transcend the main characters’ occupational choices. As partners in con, Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell are Felix and Oscar of The Odd Couple gone bad. Throw in Alison Lohman as the elder con man’s teenage daughter, and watch Matchstick Men light up the screen.
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  • Love the Hard Way

    In this profoundly fucked-up relationship, a clean-cut biology major from Columbia falls for a scalawag running a hooker con. But by giving us a scalawag to remember, Adrien Brody continues to prove that his legend-making turn in The Pianist was no fluke.
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  • The Secret Lives of Dentists

    It turns out that dentists are like everybody else with inner monologues, emotions, bouts of stomach flu and troubled marriages. Directed by Adam Rudolph with Campbell Scott and Hope Davis as the coupled dentists, and Dennis Leary as an inner voice.
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  • The Holy Land

    The characters include a jaded ex-journalist from the States, a radical Zionist, a shady Arab real estate broker and a hooker transplanted from Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, writer-director Eitan Gorlin’s yarn falls victim to a plot almost as distracted and ineffectual as the distracted rabbinical student who is its protagonist.
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