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  • Apr 19-25, 2006
  • Vol. 26, No. 27

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  • Scary Movie 4

    At this point, it’s a fact of nature: As long as people keep going to see horror flicks, there will be a Scary Movie franchise. Cockroaches may survive the apocalypse, but Carmen Electra will be right there with them, serving up poorly staged pratfalls and three-minute-long poop jokes. As long as there are D-list actors in need of a paycheck — in other words, while Leslie Nielsen is still alive — studios will keep green-lighting these lowest-common-denominator, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink spoofs.
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  • L’Enfant

    Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have made a career out of chronicling the lives of people who live on the fringes of Belgian society. Their film L’Enfant is often powerful, and the grimy, desperate details of the characters’ lives do ring true; but the filmmakers have made a fatal mistake in asking the audience to be emotionally invested in the redemption of a man so soulless and sociopathic that he sells his newborn son to a black-market adoption ring without the slightest hint of doubt.
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  • The Wild

    Disney's latest CGI feature is a horrible, half-baked carbon copy of Dreamworks’ furry feel-good hit from last year, Madagascar. In The Wild, New York City zoo animals head off to the wilds of Africa on a rescue mission after one of their buddies, a young lion, is accidentally shipped off to the continent. Though not perfect, Madagascar’s spastic, smart-aleck animals, clever writing, bright animation and pop-culture riffs made for a madcap caper with a slapstick, Saturday-morning cartoon vibe. The Wild is like Madagascar, but take away all of the fun parts, and add an unnecessarily scary side. Disney moves are usually scarier than necessary, but they make up for it in cuteness, humor and lovability, maybe a song or two. Not so here. Nearly every character gets slapped, whacked, blown up, kicked, tackled or throttled.
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  • Lonesome Jim

    The title character (Casey Affleck) reluctantly returns to his dead-end Indiana hometown with his tail between his legs after giving up on making it as a writer in New York. His suicidal, divorced brother Tim (Kevin Corrigan), cranky dad (Seymour Cassel) and cheerfully smothering mom (Mary Kay Place) drive him nuts. Even his attempt at a one-night-stand with a cute but ditzy nurse (Liv Tyler) turns pathetic when their quickie ends a little too quickly. Jim has no clinical or causal source for his melancholy, which may irk those who like their movies tied up in neat, pretty packages. But the unexplained and likely unwarranted nature of his funk makes Jim more interesting.
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  • Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

    In 1943, 21-year-old college student Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose, a nonviolent student group that published leaflets calling for an end to Nazi crimes and oppression. She and her brother Hans were discovered distributing the group’s fliers at the University of Munich, and were turned over to the Gestapo. They were, along with a friend, interrogated, tried by a Nazi judge (who was known for determining sentences before trial) and sentenced to execution by guillotine. This is her story.
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