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  • Jul 1-7, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 38

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  • Rudo y Cursi

    Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal star as squabbling sibs, rivals in life and on the soccer pitch, whose ambitions extend beyond their humble little village. Beto (Luna) is an intense, risk-taking goalkeeper while brother Tato (Bernal) is a sensitive daydreaming striker. Plucked from jerkwater obscurity by a shady scout (is there any other?) they’re forced to face off for a spot in the big leagues. Tato wins, and his fluid “romantic” style of play earns him the nickname “Cursi,” which roughly translates to “showoff,” though he prefers singing to scoring goals. Beto works his way to Mexico City’s bright lights, where his badass ’tude earns him the moniker “Rudo,” though his gambling debts begin to taint his talent. Neither brother can get around personal demons and distractions, until both careers tumble to one inevitable field showdown.
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  • My Sister’s Keeper

    Voiceover narration is the surest sign of desperation, so imagine a movie with seven narrators, all struggling to resuscitate author Jodi Picoult’s deathly purple prose and let it breathe onscreen. This adaptation of the weepy bestseller excels at maudlin histrionics, in the tale of a girl (Abigail Breslin) born and bred to be a living donor for her cancer-stricken older sister, who after a decade of being poked and prodded finally sues for her medical emancipation, and for the rights to her own body.
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  • Little Ashes

    Shot like a cologne ad for queens who long for the ruffled shirts and repressed sexual longings of yesteryear, Little Ashes (after one of Dalí’s paintings) is a florid soap opera of unconsummated “bromance,” starring alabaster heartthrob Robert Pattinson (Twilight) as the 18-year-old Salvador Dalí. At the prestigious School for Fine Arts in Madrid, the young surrealist painter is befriended by two of the university’s top students: gay poet Federico García Lorca (Javier Beltran) and gay-bashing filmmaker Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty). Before you can say “Merchant-Ivory meets Logo TV,” sensitive Lorca makes goo-goo eyes at arrogant Dalí, setting off a painful conflict between forbidden desires and the criminality of being gay in 1920s Spain.
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