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  • Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2006
  • Vol. 26, No. 24

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  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

    What if the South won the Civil War? Writer-director Kevin Willmott milks this hypothetical — to a hilarious, cringe-inducing degree — in his new mockumentary. As the title implies, Willmott mines two centuries’ worth of material, both real and fabricated, to produce a not-so-preposterous alternate universe. In the so-called C.S., the first man on the moon plants a stars-and-bars flag in the ground before saying "one small step for mankind." Yankee cities like Boston and New York are burned to the ground, and the country’s economy thrives on the "slave economy."
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  • The Inside Man

    This is one instance where Lee’s incessant button-pushing actually works to the advantage of the material. By working within a clearly defined genre and freeing himself from the constraints of his own overly ambitious, scattershot scripts, Lee is able to doodle in the margins with his ideas on race, class and power. In another director’s hands, the film might be an entertaining but predictable time-waster with some decent dialogue and a few preposterous conceits. Though Inside Man may not be as good as the movies that obviously influenced it — the crime classics of the ’70s — Lee and Washington create a strong package.
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  • Touch the Sound

    Director-cinematographer-editor Riedelsheimer’s biographical documentary follows deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie on a globe-hopping sound journey. It’s a travelogue of sorts that traces the Grammy-winning Scottish musician’s exploration of different kinds of percussive music and recording her work. Glennie’s been mostly deaf since her adolescence, but the film is not just about challenging the audience’s notion of what it means to be deaf — it’s more about what it means to hear.
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