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  • Oct 6-12, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 52

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  • Empathy

    Anne Siegel’s documentary/fiction hybrid examines the unique quality of the psychoanalytical situation, in which people purchase emotional intimacy and share their most private feelings with a hopefully sympathetic stranger who ideally is both remote and consoling. Even if the movie is uneven, it gets points for originality and should be of interest to anyone who’s experienced this inexact science.
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  • Broadway: The Golden Age

    This documentary is a touching and thoroughly enjoyable memoir of Big Apple theater from the ’30s to the ’60s. Dozens of stars of yesteryear are interviewed — some instantly recognizable, such as Carol Channing, Shirley Maclaine, Carol Burnett and Robert Goulet. The film is a bit schmaltzy at times and really goes for the heartstrings — but so does Broadway.
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  • Woman, Thou Art Loosed

    Dallas Bishop T.D. Jakes plays a role in a work that frequently feels more like a gospel play at Masonic Temple than a film. Co-producer Jakes plays himself in a fairly inconsequential role. The plot of a murderess on death row preparing to attend a three-day religious event is muddled through poor direction. The most dramatic scenes are those depicting Jakes as a powerful orator in what appears to be actual footage of his church services.
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  • Dig!

    For seven years, filmmaker Ondi Timoner documented the ups (and, mostly, downs) of two aspiring retro-alt-rock bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. What resulted was a fairly cohesive look at fractured rock personalities.
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  • Shark Tale

    Shark Tale aims to be an animated, under-the-sea, urban, laugh bath; but swimming in on the tail of Disney's marine blockbuster, Finding Nemo, this fish flick doesn't smell all that fresh. If you thought that line was a sinker, be warned that there are more inane puns in this film than you can shake a lure at.
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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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