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  • Jun 3-9, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 34

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  • The Brothers Bloom

    It’s a lively and lovely cross between David Mamet and Wes Anderson. Writer-director Rhian Johnson has set his bar high, tackling that trickiest of genre flicks: the breezy con-man thriller. It's a decent ride. Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody play sibling hucksters who construct elaborate cons, complete with dramatic arcs and literary allusions. But Brody wants out. So with “one last con” they focus on daffy millionaire heiress and shut-in Rachel Weisz. Romance rears its head, the twists mount and it mostly goes where you’d expect. What Johnson does best is romance; hence the bubbly Rachel Weisz, who gives her every scene the snap and pop of inventiveness. Unfortunately, Johnson isn’t skilled enough to make this ambitious setup really work (or to make you care).
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  • Every Little Step

    Every Little Step documents the auditions for recent New York revival of "A Chorus Line." We’re introduced to the its original creative team and meet a legion of bright-eyed hoofers and dancers, all ready to kill each other for a job. As self-absorbed as actors can be, the film is engrossing, and creates genuine suspense through little more than the tension of a spot light on a blank stage, and a performer bleeding for a role.
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