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  • Dec 14-20, 2005
  • Vol. 26, No. 9

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  • The Protocols of Zion

    Director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboyz) tackles anti-Semitism in America. Inspired by the outrageous claims of a New York cabbie that no Jews died during 9/11 because they were forewarned, the filmmaker connects this conspiracy theory to a piece of late-19th century Russian propaganda entitled The Protocol of the Elders of Zion. Levin takes to the streets to investigate the roots and resonance of anti-Jewish bigotry, and it’s a noble pursuit and great launching point for discourse, but Levin dilutes his investigation with irrelevant and self-aggrandizing side trips involving Daniel Pearl’s beheading, the reactions of Hollywood Jews to The Passion of the Christ, and his own family history.
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    In the much-anticipated first film adaptation of the series, the four Pevensie siblings travel through a magical wardrobe to the land of Narnia, where trees can talk and mythical creatures exist. But Narnia isn’t just holiday fantasy camp: The evil White Witch (Tilda Swinton) has held sway there for 100 years. The four Pevensie children, along with a host of talking animals, must defeat the Witch in accordance with an ancient prophecy and take their rightful places as the rulers of Narnia. On one hand, director Andrew Adamson’s cinematic adaptation is beautifully rendered, and the human casting is spot-on. But something is still missing.
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  • King Kong

    Peter Jackson is the Cecile B. DeMille of the new millennium. Faced with the task of following the tremendous artistic and commercial success of the Lord of the Rings series, the writer-director has reinvented the granddaddy of all cinematic spectacles, King Kong. He creates an awe-inspiring, terrifying and poignant film — that needs to be trimmed by 30 minutes.
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