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  • Sep 7-13, 2005
  • Vol. 25, No. 47

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  • Underclassman

    Meant as a vehicle to deliver young actor Nick Cannon (Drumline) to headliner status, this lame comedy just limps along like a tricycle with bent rims.
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  • 9 Songs

    Sexy Brit, Matt (Kieran O’Brien), a glaciologist, flies over the Antarctic and reminisces about the affair that’s just ended with lusty young American Lisa (Margo Stilley). Writer-director Michael Winterbottom tells the tale in detail that is sexually graphic but not really erotic. When the two aren’t going at it, they’re attending performances by the likes of the Von Bondies, Franz Ferdinand and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But the quest for realism backfires: The musical performances look and sound like someone shot them with a cell phone; the sex scenes aren’t any prettier.
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  • Transporter 2

    Even more ridiculous and over the top than the first Transporter, this bigger-budget action sequel provides plenty of laughable thrills for those willing to suspend their disbelief, and plenty of cheeky gay subtext for those willing to search for it.
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  • Au Revoir Les Enfants

    Au Revoir Les Enfants Though American audiences may find it difficult to surrender to the film’s unhurried pace and lack of narrative thrust, this compelling and heartfelt examination of shattered innocence offers a feast of understated rewards. Set in a Catholic Boarding School in 1944 France it tells the tragic friendship of two schoolboys and the dangerous secret they share. Based on his own childhood, director Louis Malle delivers with supreme patience and gentle insight the best and most personal film of his career.
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  • The Edukators

    Set in Berlin, Hans Weingartner’s well-intentioned but hopelessly didactic film asks: in a world where the symbols of political counterculture are sold at Urban Outfitters and ’60s activists now work for corporate middle management how does a modern day revolutionary get taken seriously? The gifted cast is appealing and attractive, but the film is too earnest and one-note to excel as social drama and too rambling to offer up any real suspense.
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  • Sound of Thunder

    Time travel always seems to screw everything up in sci-fi movies, and this cheap-looking entry doesn’t bring any surprises to the genre. Aside from a couple of cool beasts and an out-there performance by Ben Kingsley, there’s nothing to recommend it.
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  • Elevator to the Gallows

    Louis Malle’s 1958 film is convoluted noir with splashes of doomed romanticism, heavily ironic and more entertaining than profound. Because it features French New Wave poster girl Jeanne Moreau and an improvised score by Miles Davis, it’s acquired the patina of a really hip nugget of ’50s Euro-cool. But there’s actually some grindingly slow spots and a silly steel-trap ending that leaves you wondering how all the interested parties ended up in the same place at the same time.
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