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  • Feb 2-8, 2005
  • Vol. 25, No. 16

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  • Hide and Seek

    This alleged thriller starts off creepy enough, but ultimately doesn’t deliver on the trailer’s tantalizing promise of an all-out freak-out fest. The movie stars Robert De Niro and little Dakota Fanning, who dyed her hair dark brown to match the heavy circles painted under her eyes. The pair plays a father and daughter who flee the city to find healing in the country after the girl’s mother commits suicide. The much-touted surprise ending, however, is more laughable than scary.
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  • Aliens of the Deep

    We all sort of forgot about 3-D after the ’80s passed, but it’s back again (with sturdier glasses) thanks to IMAX theaters and James Cameron, who descends into the deep and gives us an up-close-and-personal look at the strange creatures that lurk below our planet’s waters. The film’s premise: Our own sea creatures could provide a blueprint for life on other planets. This wears thin, but it’s great fun to watch freaky creatures and delicate jellyfish hovering right over your nose.
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  • Alone in the Dark

    Make room, Showgirls and Battlefield Earth — there’s a new so-bad-it’s-awesome flick joining your ranks. The only thing missing from this craptastic Christian Slater sci-fi extravaganza is a running commentary and laugh track, which can be provided interactively by audiences across the nation.
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  • A Letter to True

    Filmmaker-photographer Bruce Weber’s latest documentary is ostensibly a love letter to the favorite of his five golden retrievers. True, but that’s just a thin premise for his presentation of a smorgasbord of seemingly unconnected subjects. Weber has assembled a film more teasing than intriguing. At times it’s lovely to look at, presenting some interesting juxtapositions, but never wades in past the shallows.
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  • Les Choristes

    *Les Choristes* (*The Chorus*) is an uninspired depiction of a classic tale of inspiration: the teacher who, in the face of tyranny, motivates his class but then gets tossed out on his derrière. Set in post-World War II France, Gérard Jugnot plays the music teacher who fills the screen with warm smiles and gentleness, and the angelic-voiced boys make the Vienna Boys Choir look like thugs.
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