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  • Jan 12-18, 2005
  • Vol. 25, No. 13

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  • White Noise

    Naught but a disappointing return for the talented Michael Keaton as he takes a stab at the morose understated guy confronting supernatural forces. This half-baked supernatural thriller has a few creepy scares but mostly apes the style and content of The Ring and everything M. Night Shyamalan ever directed. Silly, underdeveloped and lacking any original ideas, it’s as empty of content as its name implies.
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  • Million Dollar Baby

    Director and star Clint Eastwood brings the audience ringside for a mat-level view, in this film about a salty manager who reluctantly takes on a fledgling female boxer. Eastwood lets the audience feel every bone-crushing fist that slams into heroine Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), but the film hits even harder outside the ring, where the story becomes a more relevant tale of lost people finding each other. Morgan Freeman also delivers a knockout performance as the film’s witty and wise narrator and former prizefighter.
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  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    South Korea’s contribution to the "creepy undead girl with long black hair covering her face" genre, is clearly inspired by films like The Ring or The Others. Though it may not evoke the visceral dread of those films, it does boast a suffocating atmosphere and disjointed storyline that turns the screws on your nerves while leaving you to puzzle over its fractured plotline.
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  • House of Flying Daggers

    Director Zhang Yimou has gone from creating historical dramas to making films freighted with social commentary to his latest role: martial arts visionary on the art-house circuit, as illustrated by Hero and now Daggers. The plot is thin, but the real meat of the film is the ballet-like, gravity-defying and supernaturally acrobatic fight scenes. It’s a visual feast.
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